By Calvin Palmer
Sweden’s female soldiers are demanding the provision of bras that are battle tested and will not unhook so easily.
The military provides the men with underwear but the women have to buy their own bras since there are no military-issue bras, according to the Council of Conscripts.
The girls opt for sports bras rather than exotic creations from La Perla but find that their support is often lacking because they easily unhook.
“The sports bras are not tested for combat situations or for fire safety, and they are not functional and unhook too easily,” Council spokeswoman Paulina Rehbinder said.
Rehbinder criticised the military for its lack of gender equality, in a country widely considered a pioneer in the field.
“This sends a signal to women. You should be able to come to your workplace and be provided with equipment that works and that is safe,” she said.
“Women have been in the Swedish military for more than 30 years but bras have never been provided by the military,” she said, although the military does give conscripts money to buy their bras.
With between 800 and 1,000 women expected to become conscripts next year, change is on the way. Sweden’s military is now developing a bra that is undergoing testing.
“It’s supposed to be ready either later this year or next year,” Rehbinder said.
Female conscripts have been part of the Swedish armed forces since 1980 and account for 5 percent of personnel.
[Based on a report by The Swedish Wire.]