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Nat (Login Nafana) Forum Owner Posted Aug 7, 2005 8:30 PM
Pam, the difference today is that clothing limitations are institutionalized. You may have felt peer pressure to go brafree in the 1970s but it was still your choice. Today, most teen girls don't have a choice about wearing a bra. If she goes brafree she would not only be chastised by her peers but likely sent home by the school administration for violating the school dress code which typically say things like "appropriate undergarments must be worn".
School dress codes were practically non-existent during the 1970s because of "Title-IX"- a law congress passed in 1973 mandating equal treatment of male and female students. The law was so broad that courts ruled it even applied to dress codes- so girls could not be required to wear bras unless boys were also required. This effectively nullified school dress codes for many years until Reagan's HEW secretary Clarence Bell had this part of Title-IX repealed in 1982. Since then schools have been instituting ever stricter dress codes, until today many even require uniforms. So if a teen girl today prefers brafreedom, in most cases she has no choice but to put on a bra every morning to go to school in 2005.