Bras Don’t Support Bouncing Breasts According to Study September 11, 2007Posted by daveintexas in Ducks, Heroes, Personal Experiences, Science.
In a more interesting application of science and technology, researchers perform tests to determine whether brassieres offer meaningful support for bouncing breasts.
The results are eye-opening indeed.
Whether breasts are big or small, ordinary bras are not getting the job done, according to study author Joanna Scurr, a biomechanics professor at the University of Portsmouth in England.
While brassieres have evolved throughout history from body-binding corsets to cleavage-enhancing “miracle” bras, only recently have researchers injected a dose of science into the design of undergarments that go beyond conferring a more “perky” look, the researcher says.
I think an indictment of the cleavage-enhancing miracle bra is premature. This whole attitude toward “perky” is unnecessarily harsh, and, dare I say it? Counterproductive. Yes, quite counterproductive, in my view. I would counsel women to approach this news with a healthy dose of skepticism, and hopefully a willingness to engage in serious counter-research.
Scurr did perform a number of different measurements of 70 study participants, in a variety of activities, from merely walking, to jogging and running. Obviously more physical activity resulted in more breast movement.
During walking exercise, the women’s breasts moved relatively the same amount in all directions. But when participants sped up to a jog or run, their breasts moved proportionally more in some directions than others: More than 50 percent of the total movement was in the up-down direction, 22 percent side-to-side and 27 percent in-and-out.
The overall pattern of the movement resembled a figure-8.
Dr. Scurr could have determined this with one test participant by studying my eye movements.
Typically, bras are designed to minimize up-and-down motion and not the other two dimensions of breast movement found in Scurr’s study.
That assessment seems quite negatively biased to me, and does not take into account at all (as far as I can see) other physical activities which may or may not benefit from unfettered breast movement.
Lord knows, I don’t want to stand in the way of science. But before we do anything crazy here, I think we should all pause, and take a big, deep breath. Walk around the room.
Or jog, if you like.