When I started middle school I was flat as a pancake and didn't think I had any need for a bra. To my embarrassment, several girls made fun of me, calling me a little girl. One of them didn't have any more than I did but she felt superior because she had a training bra on. So after school I begged my mom to buy me one. She wanted to wait until I actually had something to put in one, but I didn't want to go through that humiliation again and kept at it until she finally got me my first training bra. It offered no support, but then I didn't have anything that needed supporting.

By the time I began high school I finally had something to put into a bra and got a real one. But as the years passed, I found myself more and more annoyed with what had happened. Why should all girls have to wear a bra to fit in with others, even if they didn't have any use for one? We were proudly wearing something males had forced onto us. More than that, we were pressuring others of our kind, females, into wearing man's yoke on us as well. I admit it, I didn't have the guts to drop my brassiere, not even in my senior year. Not until the very last time I showered at school. I forced myself to go to school with my ladies untethered. I had never gotten very big and still haven't, so I didn't need to support them. A couple of girls looked at me funny, but said nothing. I felt free and empowered. It's been several months, and I haven't worn a bra once since then.

But sadly the restrictions male society has placed on females continues. My sister recently started junior high, and desperately insisted on getting a training bra. Like me those years ago she has absolutely no need for one except to fit in with her "friends." The friends that would mock her if she didn't fit in. Our youngest sister won't be going to junior high for a couple of years, but I have no doubt she'll beg for one as well. Yes, it's usually female pressure that drives us to these things, but would they be doing this if they didn't think males expected it of them, and therefore females that didn't "fit in" were embarrassments to their kind and needed to be brought into line?

But I'll continue to fight for women's rights the best I can, and show my sisters that choosing to not be strapped down is nothing to be ashamed of. I have no intention of ever wearing another bra. I don't want one, and I don't need one. I understand some women have very large breasts and need support. I have a cousin who fits that description. But seriously with all of our modern technology those things we have to fumble on to fasten behind us are the best scientists can come up with?

Oh wait. Most scientists are men, aren't they? Well I doubt we can count on them to come up with a viable alternative for the booby trap. But perhaps some girl also unhappy with the whole bra deal will one day come up with something. More power to you, sister!