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It’s 2019 – we need to talk about why most bras are still so terrible

Arwa Mahdawi
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Coors Light does feminism lite

Picture the scene: an attractive young woman comes home from work, grabs a beer from the fridge, and takes off her bra. The scene in question is from a new beer ad. What do you think happens next?

Well, if this ad were from several years ago, the woman would hand the beer to her boyfriend and dance around him naked while he grunts and takes manly swigs. We live, however, in a glorious age where brands are passionate about Female Empowerment™. So, what actually happens next is that the woman sits on the couch, bra-less breasts still covered by her shirt, and takes happy sips of beer by herself. On-screen text declares Coors Light “the official beer of being done wearing a bra”.

As far as I’m concerned Coors Light is the official beer of people who enjoy drinking dishwater – nevertheless I’ve got to admit that I find their bra-themed ad refreshing. The beer industry may slowly be waking up to the fact that more women are drinking pints and sexism doesn’t sell, but it’s still pretty rare (if not entirely unprecedented) to see an ad in which a fully-clothed female enjoys a beer at home by herself. There’s a problematic aspect to this, of course – alcohol-related deaths amongst women are on the rise – but it’s still encouraging to see advertising conventions get broken down. The Coors spot may be Feminism Light but it’s a step forward from the sort of frat-boy humour that used to characterize beer marketing.

Perhaps what’s most refreshing about the Coors campaign, however, is its frank acknowledgment that bras are awful. Seriously, we need to talk about the fact that bras are terrible a lot more than we do. It’s 2019, for God’s sake! We’ve developed mind-reading robots , jet-powered hoverboards , and self-driving cars. But it still remains ridiculously difficult to find a comfortable bra, particularly if you’re bigger than a B-cup. And this isn’t just painful – it has more wide-ranging ramifications. A 2015 study found that that not being able to find a good sports bra stopped a significant number of women from exercising.

One of the reasons so many women are walking around in bad bras is because, just like beer, lingerie ads have traditionally been targeted towards men . The focus has been on sexiness not function. Who cares if women are uncomfortable, after all? Thankfully, things are slowly changing. Victoria’s Secret is struggling while new women-led underwear brands are popping up and putting comfort first. There’s still a way to go before bras are a joy to wear but at least progress is being made. I’ll drink (something other than a Coors Light) to that!

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