Early this morning, I thought I would beat daytime traffic and head over to The Crossing with my brand-new paycheck. Mission for the day: Buy 2 high-impact sports bras in my size that won’t wear out after two uses.
The mission was declared a success on June 28, 2011 at 10:15 am…but at a high price. To be exact, I paid $94 for two pieces of clothing, which in my opinion is a crime (a little dramatic, but…)
I wear anything between a 38 and 42 D. I wouldn’t call that particularly large but it’s larger than most stores are willing to bother with, apparently. Let us first look at the price tag. I just don’t think $40-50 per bra is a reasonable price to have to pay for a basic clothing item. It’s not lingerie or anything fancy and I bought it at a chain department store. What the hell is so special about them?
Yes, I can see there’s more fabric, so theoretically, those bras should cost more. Bullshit. If I were to buy jeans in the misses section, a size 10 would be the same price as a size 4, even though the size 10 uses more fabric. When I buy shoes, I would pay the same price for a pair of size 11 boots as I would for a size 9. Men are generally taller and larger than women, so by necessity, their clothes use more fabric but men’s clothes usually cost less than women’s clothes. Maybe that’s not true where you live, but it has always been true for me. The “They cost more!” line is 100% bogus. It is really just an crap-ass excuse to discriminate against larger people and make them pay, literally, for the sin of being large. Besides, I don’t care anyway if it costs more to produce clothes for larger people. People don’t control their height, they don’t control their weight, they don’t control their disability, they don’t control their bodies in general as much as people think they can, and they shouldn’t have to pay more for traits acquired *genetically* How is that not discrimination?
A depressing majority of the population thinks weight can be controlled. I get it. Some people also think people with disabilities could try harder not to need special equipment like wheelchairs and that they should pay more for their extra space, material, etc. My response to those people is to tell them to get stuffed.
Okay, the store I shopped at is expensive in general, but the only reason I shop there is because they are the ONLY stores in which I can buy bras in my size. Most other stores either don’t carry my size or they make larger sizes with the lowest standards possible in mind. You can’t do that with bras. The purpose of a bra is support, and you simply cannot make a larger bra the same way you would a smaller bra. You need thick elastic, heavy underwire, and thick, tightly woven cloth. Otherwise, your breasts will sag and when they are, shall we say, on the move, the impact of the constant up-and-down motion will wear out the bra. So it’s not just an issue of adding more fabric like with straight-size jeans.
Anyway, I get it, and most larger women get it, but stores don’t. Instead, they insist on making D and DD sports bras out of thin fabric with spaghetti straps and they barely cover the breast. Move too fast and your breasts might actually break through from the bottom and the bra will scrunch up near the top. Count of spending most of your day pulling your bra back down and having a very sore chest at the end of the day. I don’t know what their problem is. I guess they assume, like everyone else does, that larger women can’t or won’t exercise or do any manual labor.
And people wonder why some fat people don’t exercise even when they express a desire to! Raise your hand if you have ever tried exercising with no bra or an inadequate bra. The nonstop motion itself of the breasts in itself is embarrassing. Second, the motion causes your shirt to ride up on you, exposing your midriff. Super embarrassing.
Lastly, it HURTS to have that much weight thumping against your chest and it causes you to tire easily because the impact will cause you to get winded. Having a good bra is such a trivial thing that most people don’t think about, but it makes a huge difference. That goes for all workout clothing. Workout clothing should be comfortable, and for fat people, it usually isn’t. It might be too short, too baggy or cut off your circulation. People who are smaller who never have had to worry about finding clothes don’t understand that.
To be fair, they are quality bras. I didn’t pay top dollar for bras that will stretch and fall apart after a couple of uses, so I’m glad for that. Plus, the straps don’t slide and they are comfortable to wear. Imagine that!