The bra, short for brassiere, is a garment worn by females around the breasts. The purpose is to keep the breasts from sagging, which typically lowers attractiveness of the subject. Bras originated in approximately the 16th century CE, although did not become mainstream until approximately the 20th century. Today, seeing a woman wearing a bra is usually sexually arousing for males, as it exposes much of their breasts. In spanking, the blouse of a female spankee is not removed in many scenarios. In some scenarios, the bra is exposed, which adds to the seductiveness of the subject, but may remove certain role playing elements.