A group of Korean women took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the prejudice that women should wear a bra.
While wearing nipple cover stickers on their shirts, the seven Korean women marched down the streets of Hongdae, Seoul.
Their picket signs read “For whom we wear bras? Don’t wear them, stand tall!”; “Why on earth are we wearing it every morning?”; “I am not wearing a bra. I feel so much better”; and “What’s the use of wearing a nipple cover? At least, it keeps you warm in the winter.”
Some passersby reportedly stared at their nipple covers, asking whether or not they were wearing a bra, while others did not hesitate to brand them as “lunatics.”
However, several people reacted very positively, saying it was a clever move to raise awareness about the issue.
This was the second in a series of “trivial” demonstrations by Trivial Demo, which had organized a protest in July against the social convention that women should shave their armpit hair.
A study by the Society of Fashion and Textile Industry in Korea found that 97.7 percent of Korean women wear bras and more than half of the women in their 20s wear them for 24 hours a day.
Some medical experts claim that women wearing bras have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, while others disagree saying there is not enough evidence to support the idea.
Comments from Korean netizens
Coffeeline: It was a worthy protest like the ones taking place in the United States. I’d like to see them stage a protest that demands equal workload and equal treatment for men and women at work places like in the States. That’s what we call true equality. 미국처럼 바람직한 시위네 여기서 미국처럼 남자와 동등한 일을하게해서 동등한 대우를하게해달라는 시위도 보면 보기 좋겠네요 그게 진정한 평등이죠