That's an awesome article, Linda. The hard part about communicating this with young girls, and even young women, is that many are a lot more focused on what their bodies look like than on what they can do. My ability to appreciate function has blossomed relatively late in life. I'm 49, and last November I weighed nearly 300 lbs., and all that extra weight was making it really hard for me to do many of the simple tasks of daily living, such as walking down a flight of stairs, carrying a load of laundry upstairs from the basement, and even getting up from a deep chair or couch.
Now I've lost about 100 lbs. and have been practicing a near-daily regimen of hula hooping and yoga, and the abilities I've regained, or in some cases gained for the first time, are huge! The extra energy and absence of pain are so wonderful, and I rejoice every time I notice I'm able to do something I couldn't do before. Learning to hula hoop a few months ago for the first time in my life was a huge milestone, as was becoming able to do the full camel pose in yoga a few days ago. It's also fun seeing how nice I look now in form-fitting clothes -- but ability and function are way more important to me than appearance now.
At 49, I find feeling good to be a whole lot more important than looking good -- and actually, when you feel great, it tends to make you look better, too. But at 19 or 29, I took basic physical health for granted. I wasn't rejoicing every time I was able to briskly bounce up a flight of stairs -- and of course, I wouldn't want my daughters or anyone else's daughters to go through the horrid experiences a young girl would have to go through to be able to feel "appreciative" about the ability to run up the stairs or jump up out of a chair without needing to grab the sides, or a table, and hoist herself up.
The perspective I now enjoy has evolved through a lifetime of experience. It would be great if more young girls started feeling joyful about the wonderful things their bodies are able to DO, and I hope we can create a culture where this happens a whole lot more frequently. But of course, this isn't really about bras. Sorry.