Male bra

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Male bra – also known as a compression bra, compression vest, gynecomastia vest, or manssiere – refers to brassieres that are worn by men. Adolescent boys and middle-aged men sometimes develop breasts[1][2] and the estimates of those with the condition are presented as a range "because the definition of gynecomastia varies and the method of surveying varies."[3] Although there are options for treating gynecomastia,[4] some elect surgery to reduce their breasts or wear a male bra.[1] Male bras typically flatten rather than lift.[5]

Men who choose to wear a brassiere may broadly be divided into two categories, depending on whether or not the brassiere is worn primarily for utilitarian purposes. Some men who have large breasts as a result of obesity or gynecomastia may choose to wear a brassiere to provide support for their breasts and to flatten their appearance. Other men wear bras for cross-dressing, for sexual purposes such as transvestic fetishism or feminization, or as a form of submission to their partner.[6] Petticoat discipline may also involve male bra wear.[7] Additionally, some male athletes – more specifically runners – may choose to wear a sports bra under their shirts in order to prevent a common medical condition called jogger's nipple, also known as nipple chafing. This condition is caused by excessive rubbing of wet sweat-soaked material over one's nipples. The condition, often very painful, can be prevented by wearing a sports bra.

Although some bras for men have been developed, they often differ only superficially from their female counterparts.[8][9] There is sometimes no medical necessity for men to wear bras, and the same considerations for and against apply to both genders.[10]

Another name commonly used for this garment is the "bro",[11] changing the feminine "bra" to a masculine "bro".

In popular culture[edit]

  • An episode of the TV sitcom Seinfeld, titled "The Doorman", had the character Kramer invent a male bra, which he called a "bro," for Frank Costanza, who was said to have very large breasts. Frank initially decided to market the invention, but disagreed on the name, instead wanting to call it a "Manssiere," a play on the term "brassiere".
  • An episode of the American animated television sitcom Napoleon Dynamite (TV series) titled "FFA", featured Napoleon revealing that he is wearing a "men's action bra" in a cutaway in which he competes in a 'speed milking' contest.

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Notes

  1. ^ a b Cox, Therese Smith. (August 1, 2000) Charleston Daily Mail Men who develop breasts more numerous than people realize. Section: News; Page 1D.
  2. ^ Read, Genevieve. (July 15, 2007) Sunday Tasmanian The curves men hate. Section: 1; Page 16.
  3. ^ Tober, Bruce\ (August 2004). "Boys With Breasts". Channel 4. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  4. ^ Watrous, Monica (August 26, 2007). "A Masculine Taboo". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  5. ^ McGivern, Mark; Main, Jill. (January 23, 2002) "Men are from Mars..." Daily Record
  6. ^ brassiered: a complete guide to brassiere discipline
  7. ^ Brassiered Husband
  8. ^ Bumgardner, Wendy (July 26, 2007). "Men Who Need Chest Support". About.com. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  9. ^ Enell Sports Bra: for men
  10. ^ Female Intelligence Agency: Men and bras
  11. ^ Lemonick, Michael D. (September 19, 2007). "Men's Breasts: No Joking Matter". Time (magazine). Retrieved 2007-09-22. 

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