Questioning how we see boobs, and exactly how visible they can be to remain "appropriate," is nothing new. The "Free the Nipple" campaign began in 2012, and in 2014 a film with the same name was released. The image of the "bodice-burning feminist" is synonymous with the Women's Liberation Movement of the '60s and '70s.
But perhaps the most significant event regarding how society views the use of bodices in recent history has been the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 2020, when offices closed around the world and remote work protocols were implemented, working in jogging and, without a bodice, from the armchair (or bed) became the new normal for many.
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In the years since the pandemic began, a move away from traditional bodices is tangible: remote work is still common, fashion trends like backless blouses and see-through dresses are graceful red carpets, the body positivity movement continues to evolve, and bodily autonomy is at the forefront of our minds.
For some, the onset of the pandemic was, in fact, the catalyst to say goodbye to bodices and everything that makes us uncomfortable or makes us feel prisoners.
The reality for many is that bodices are most of the time uncomfortable: they tighten, leave marks, or rise. Stop using them, (not only inside the house) is a declaration of autonomy and bodily acceptance.
The truth is that when we returned to the office, feeling fajadas again was no longer an option. Many women opted for other alternatives: muscular, loose tops, or T-shirts, but the bodice was no longer the only option.
Reality was infecting advertising and many firms stopped showing their models with bodices, and we can say at this point that the hoop is already almost an element in extinction.
The natural is no longer hidden and the discomforts began to be discarded with the impulse that the pandemic left us. Dress habits were adapted. Okay, we went back to wearing tacos but more than anything as a need to feel powerful again when going out and not with an eagerness to endure a foot pain. The truth is that the pandemic opened a new level of comfort in our bodies and also with other aspects of our lives.
If there aren't serious health risks from going without a bodice for life, and if not wearing it now is considered acceptable, and even elegant in many circumstances given the cultural shift of the past three years, it might be time to rethink what we think is acceptable when it comes to our body, what feels comfortable, Sexy and more importantly, who really decides what to do with their own body.
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