We’re only three weeks into this site, and I’ve already received countless e-diatribes on its tagline, “Feminism in a Bra.” I like the tagline. I own the website. Ergo: The tagline stays. I think the connotation there is priceless and dead-on and we’re keepin’ it. If I had to re-premise this site every time a woman emailed me with her understanding of feminism and why (she thinks) it differs from my understanding of feminism, we’d never get anything done around here. Discuss your concept of feminism in the comments, people. That’s what the site’s here for. Why on earth are you emailing me? It’s not my job to fix feminism. I just run a website. It’s your job to use it to fix feminism.
That said, how fitting that I should come across this story about a woman who was saved by her bra:
A 57-year-old Detroit woman avoided serious injury when the underwire on her bra deflected a bullet shot at her from next door, police said.
The woman, who lives on the West side of Detroit, saw a group of men breaking into a neighbor’s house on Tuesday morning. When the men spotted her, one of them fired a shot at her, a police spokesman said.
The bullet struck the underwire on the woman’s bra and that saved her from a more serious injury, police said.
“It did slow the bullet down,” said Detroit police spokesman Phillip Cook. “She sustained injuries but they’re not life threatening.”
How large was the underwire on this woman’s bra? Or did the men actually just throw the bullet at her?
Regardless, the message is crystal clear. If you think bras deprive women of their freedom, keep in mind that they might also be saving their lives. That’s why our feminism? Is in a bra. With lots and lots of underwire.