Is binding with elastic (like a roll from a craft store or an elastic bandage) harmful? I know ace bandages are, but what exactly makes them dangerous--is it the material they are made of, or it is the wrapping-around-your-chest-tightly-multiple-times that causes damage?
K: I’m not too sure about elastic but my first reaction is it may not be the best idea to bind with it. Ace bandages are dangerous because the material has no ‘give’ in them. There have been many, many people who have broken ribs and having other serious injuries from binding too tight with bandages. It is much safer to purchase a proper chest binder as it is worn like a vest and has enough ‘give’ to not cause any damage. It is also difficult to adjust bandages as you can with a proper binder.
I am a girl, and I feel very attracted to trans* guys most of the time. I find they sometimes have more delicate features than cis guys, less body hair, I don't know what it is. Is it offensive to say I am attracted to trans* guys, like, would it bother you guys if you heard someone say that?
K: If I’m honest, I’m not quite sure how I would respond to that. I think the first question I would follow it up with would be, “How do you know they’re trans*?,” because generally you would not know unless they disclose it to you. Or unless you ‘seek out’ trans* guys which can be problematic. But generally, no, I do not get offended if someone is specifically attracted to trans* guys because people like who/what they like.
I'm Trans*, biologically female, and I really want to get a binder. I'm afraid to tell my mom, but I also think if I tell her I just don't like my breasts hanging out much, she might let me get one. I'm really worried that she'll ask a lot of questions, and I've only come out to some of my best friends. Do you think I should try to convince my mom to let me buy a binder??
K: Hello, if you think explaining it that way to her will work for her then definitely do that! But do be prepared for a few questions if she doesn’t fully understand it. But you can try and get around a series of questions by responding with a brief explanation that you simply feel more comfortable without them showing and attempt to end it on that. The other alternative you could do is purchase the binder and start to wear it around her and if she raises questions then you can explain what you have bought and the reasons why. If you think it would work better by asking her first, then do whichever will work best.
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You Know You’re Trans* When: #2613 You actually believe that liking cute, pink, lacy, or “girly” things in general somehow invalidates your identity as a female… but you still secretly like them anyway.
So, it seems like almost all of these are geared towards faab/trans-masculine people... Isn't that kinda messed up? I mean, I feel like I can relate to some of these, but this blog now just seems like another trans* place where faab trans people get to make everything about them, and then keep girls like us just as an afterthought.. And that really sucks, cuz like, I'm sure you know we get the lion's share of the violence and poverty that trans* and queers experience.
K: Hello, I completely agree with you that the majority of the submissions on here are from FAAB/FtM people. I’m not sure whether it’s because we have more FtM followers or they just submit more often, but it is clear submissions are geared mostly towards that side of the community. It is definitely not my intention to make the site solely about FtM people. It is up to our followers to submit, I can only post what is submitted. So if you wish for there to be more posts that relate to the MtF side of the community, then please do submit!