It’s a long and hectic day and here I’m seated in a yellow and black Lagos bus heading to the Mainland; Oshodi park. I’m tired to say the least, five minutes after settling down, I began to feel what started as a little discomfort around my bosom. It did not take me time to realize the culprit was my brassiere.
Different thoughts started running through my mind. Why do we wear brassiere? Who invented this little piece of clothing? And why do we regularly feel the need to cage these wonderful gifts from God? Is brassiere wearing for everyone?
Brassiere is an under-garment worn to support the breast, wearing of this piece of clothing can be traced down to ancient Greece and the linen materials used to make them can be dated down to the 14th century, they were found in Austria. The “cups” used to be stretchable to accommodate different sizes; I find that information interesting, blame my very imaginative mind.
Mary Phelps Jacobs (also know as Caresse Corbsy) received the patent to brassiere in 1914. Her designs formed the basis for the today brassiere.
Just look at madam Mary/Caresse, I choose to call you Caresse ma. Yes, you did something distinct and we would all remember you for it but then this your invention is not a comfortable something, It makes me feel like something is tighten my chest, why?
48 years after you’ve left the surface of the earth it has become a norm to wear brassiere everyday and if you as much as free your bosom from the cage call brassiere before getting to the comfort of your home, you will have people look at you like there’s something wrong with you. Whereas there’s nothing wrong, you just want to free the brezz!
This cage of a something is a bane to my existence, my chest!