For years, women have been forced to wear post mastectomy bras that have no color, no lace, no pizzazz. It is as if to say they are no longer worthy of sex appeal and femininity. As if they are being told they have lost the right to feel beautiful and attractive.
Lately I have been traveling to stores that specialize in apparel for women going through breast cancer treatment. When I walk in, the typical decor is a collection of mannequins displaying white, nude, and black bras. The only color comes from the furniture and occasionally a small display case of scarfs. It is so depressing!
We celebrate women who have experienced breast cancer by organizing fun events with lots of color and feminine flare. We chant slogans like 'I'm too sexy for my hair' and 'I pink I can'. We support campaigns like 'I heart boobies'. Society is constantly proclaiming how women are just as beautiful and attractive after breast cancer. Why, then, are we making them wear undergarments from the eighteenth century? It just does not make any sense. I say...bring on the lace, the ribbon, and the bows.