Can the bra-strap police back off? 10 times women refused to be fashion-policed

A visible bra-strap is a bigger threat to the well being of our nation than female anopheles mosquitoes

Here is a quick question for all our female readers. How many times has the genial lady sitting next to you in the bus, given you the most motherly smile and made you blush with the furtive strap-adjusting gesture?

Clearly, a visible bra-strap is a bigger threat to the well being of our nation than female anopheles mosquitoes.

Television actress Rytasha Rathore, who is best-known for playing a feisty young woman (who happens to be plus-sized) in the popular show, Badho Bahu, recently took to Instagram and posted a picture of herself in a bra with a rather angry caption. She explains that a bra is a normal piece of cloth and there is nothing to hide or be ashamed of. It’s okay if bra strap peeks out of clothes or even if you want to flaunt it. Have a look at her post:

The latest drama on my show is that while wrestling Badho’s kameez tears from behind and her bra strap is exposed. All the forces of evil try to punish her, shame her – but she’s lucky enough to have very progressive onscreen in laws. This is what I love about my show. We’re pushing the envelope in these little ways. I’d love for more producers and actors to make content that our society needs. To tell stories that will help to uplift this entire country. To widen the narrow minds. To question the norm. To move ahead with the times. So her kameez tore and her bra strap was exposed. So what? Let’s normalise these things. No shame in it yaar. YES WE WEAR BRAS! And YES WE HAVE BREASTS. They contain mammary glands – essential in providing nutrition to new born infants. Other than being aesthetically pleasing they serve a very important function. And yes they sometimes need a bra to support them through the day. Bra straps will peek out of our blouses… and that’s okay. It’s not a shameful thing – don’t whisper it to me like I should be embarrassed. Theek hain yaar, aurat hoon, boobs hain, bra pehenti hoon – thoda dikh gaya toh kya? Tharki nazron se mat dekho yaar. Ya dekhna hai toh ghoor ke mat dekho. Be thoda decent guys, learn to respect women. Learn to respect our bodies, our sexuality – but don’t make everything about that. Anyway too much gyaan is happening, so imma stop. And I offer you an awkward, boobfull, low light selfie. To prove my point. To normalise all this shizz. Okay peace out now I’m off to bed. #Selfie #BlackAndWhite #GoodVibesOnly #NoHate #BoobiesRock #ButDontBeACreep

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Last year, MTV India’s Girls On Top actor Saloni Chopra too spoke about the issue through her Instagram post. She shared a post for people who have a problem with ‘bra straps’. In her post, she called it a disease and asked, “If you meet these diseased people, you could A. Send them to a Doctor, or B. Ask them to go f**k themselves.”

“Life is like a Bra…” And women need to be more open about their sexuality. Whichever absurd person decided that it would be okay for a man to roam around shirtless, in his boxers, but girls can’t even be seen in a Bra – surely did a hell lot of damage to our society. Did you know there are still people who have a problem with a girls Bra Strap showing?! The strap?!?!?! People that don’t like it when the shape of your bra is visible from the top you’re wearing. I’ve been around a few such diseased people. And you can’t tell that they’re affected by this narrow minded disease when you first meet them. They look normal. They make you feel wonderful at the start. They’re the ones that follow bold models on Instagram & keep porn on their phones. They come across as extremely open minded. They’ll talk to you about feminism and global warming. And trust me, it’s usually that “Bra Strap” that arouses them in the first place – and then BAM! You’re being told its “just for them to see”. You should dress more “appropriately” in public. If you meet these diseased people, you could A. Send them to a Doctor, or B. Ask them to go fuck themselves. I honestly don’t see what the problem with lingerie is? I wear it. Yes. Am I suppose to act like I’m NOT wearing it by hiding it completely? It’s a piece of clothing that covers my breasts. Just like a skirt covers my legs. Or sleeves cover my shoulders. What’s the big damn deal? The term breasts? Is it a girls Boobs that make this world uncomfortable? Are men THAT weak? I mean trust me, it’s not like our boobs are holy or sacred. They’re just…. A part of the body. Stop asking women to feel uncomfortable about it. Our breasts are not our “respect and dignity”. Men flaunt their chests, while girls won’t even hold a Bra in their hand publicly. Well… I will. Because I’m not ashamed of it. I have nothing to hide. Lingerie is not something that needs to be hidden. In fact, it’s quite pretty, isn’t it? I’m tired of women themselves constantly feeling like they’ve to be ashamed of everything. Pads. Tampons. Lingerie. Our body. Our desires. Sex. Let’s put an end to that. Free the god damn mind. #FreeTheNipple @freethenipple

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It’s not just these actors who stood-up against bra-strap shaming, Twitter is full of people who are against this unwanted and unrequired ‘ritual’. Have a look:

Shhh! It’s a secret


Not Cool

I can see ‘it’, can we stop. Now?


That’s what we all want

That’s the point

So people, don’t you think it’s time to accept the fact that woman have breasts and they wear a bra and it’s okay if a strap is seen? yes, #BoobiesRock.

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