No Bra Day takes place every year on October 13, in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s also in the middle of The Big Pink, the national fundraising month with Breast Cancer Care – although the charity isn’t associated with No Bra Day. Some 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. One in eight women will develop the disease at some point in their lives.
What is No Bra Day?
The movement started in 2011 and largely takes place on social media, where women use the hashtag #nobraday to campaign. The aim is to raise awareness and encourage women to carry out self-examinations, screenings and make sure they know the signs of breast cancer. Women who don’t want to go braless are also encouraged to take part, by wearing something purple for the day. Ladies are encouraged to get a mammogram screening on October 13, which can help detect breast cancer up to two years before it can be felt by the patient or a doctor. You can also show your support by donating to the Breast Cancer Care charity or attending one of their many October events.
Although a controversial event in the eyes of some, National No Bra Day further aims to raise awareness of breast cancer during October. Using the hashtag #nobraday on social media and encouraging women to go braless for a 24-hour period on the 13th October, National No Bra Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of knowing how to carry out breast self-examinations, being able to recognise the symptoms of breast cancer and encouraging women to partake in regular breast cancer screening.
So on October 13th, remember to leave the lingerie at home, or take part on social media to help raise awareness for breast cancer research,
If you would like to help raise awareness of this event, please use the hashtag #nobraday .
The original, and somewhat controversial copy from the first No Bra Day can be found below.
Boobies are Fantastic… We all think so. And what better way to express the way we feel than to support a full day of boobie freedom??
Women are magnificent creatures, and so are their breasts. Let us spend the day unleashing boobies from their boobie zoos.
Ladies, free your breasts for 24 hours by removing those dreadful (but at times oh-so-helpful) bras. Our perkiness should not be hidden. It is time that the world see what we were blessed with. Your breasts might be colossal, adorable, miniature, full, jiggly, fancy, sensitive, glistening, bouncy, smooth, tender, still blossoming, rosy, plump, fun, silky, Jello-like, fierce, jolly, nice, naughty, cuddly… But the most used word to describe your breasts on October 13th should be FREE!
Gentlemen, you can participate too! Your job will be to support us ladies by rocking something purple. It can be a purple tie, purple boxers, purple socks, the NNBD button or t-shirt.. If it is purple or with the NNBD logo, it supports us. (Your support means quite a lot to us…)
If wearing a bra on this day is absolutely necessary, you can definitely show your support by wearing something purple.
Yay for boobies!
P.S. Ladies…. Wearing a white t-shirt on this day is not only acceptable, but encouraged!
**Breast Cancer is something you should take seriously and be checked for.**
Know the signs:
- Changes to the skin’s texture
- Nipple discharge
- Lymph node changes
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple retraction or inversion