animeadult:

for-transmen:

If you’ve been looking to bind, whether you’re transgender, non-binary, or a cosplayer, you’ve probably come across binders like these on Ebay, Amazon, or AliExpress. Usually they’re called E.V.A, SHO, Whatwears, or Ancient Fish King brands, all of which are apparently, interchangeable with each other. Ross is here to tell you that these chest binders are not much of a step up from ace bandages, which in case you hadn’t known already, are the worst thing you can do to bind your chest. So here’s the run down, from least bad to worst.

First off, the sellers are usually misinformed about why someone would use a chest binder is needed just from how they title them. Why would Lesbians want a chest binder (outside of cosplay?)? I don’t know, but most of these listings have lesbian in the name, suggesting that chest binders are for girls, not men or nonbinary. This right there should be a warning sign of a company that doesn’t know what they are doing.

The strapless binders’ model is wearing the wrong size for their chest. Their breast is popping out over the top of the binder, and I can personally say that with that binder, it is very, very, painful if you have a larger chest. After about 20 minutes, bruising and chaffing will occur, especially to those with larger chests or are heavier. In the worst case scenario, the breast will rip or pop as if it were cut with a knife.

Look at the materials used. These chest binders do not have any or enough stretchy material in them. Elastic or spandex is the best. On the ones that do have spandex, they don’t mention how much there is in the binder. This is an enormous, bright, flashing sign that the binder is NOT safe. Just how bad is it? Ace bandages likely have more elastic than these binders do, and the ace bandages can still kill you if they don’t maim you. A binder is supposed to stretch, be easily manipulated, and you must be able to take a full breath in them. I’ve bought and used two different types binders from Ebay not knowing any better, and I could barely take a breath at all. I did get larger and larger sizes, and with the same result. Putting it simply, their binders could be falling off of you because they are too big and still would not be safe. 
Now I can’t show you in a picture about the next part, but what’s probably the worst about these binders is that their ‘binding’ material goes all the way around the binder. Your binder should NOT have this unless it is made to correct back posture. Sports bras can, but that is better for again, correcting back posture. So not only will you be binding your chest, but you’ll be binding your ribs, back, and shoulders as well. This can warp them and damage the tissue. 
So what does a good binder look like? I’m going to use the binder I’ve had the best experience with as an example. The Ultimate Chest Binder Tank by underworks. I’ve bought two of these as I’ve needed them, I wore out my old one after a year and a half of use daily including at work.
So, straight off from the site, we know this seller is knowledgeable about their target audience. Chest binders are under the men’s section and you never see the word lesbian on any of them. The only thing marked for women under the chest binder section is a sports bra, put there because transgender men often use them for working out.

The information section on the binder isn’t just two or three lines, it’s a whole paragraph. What is this binder made of? Medical grade 70% nylon and 30% spandex knit. It says it right there and is readily available information, you don’t have to dig through the seller’s ads for cheap wholesale jewelry in the description to find it. The listing also tells us how much of each material is used, information you must have when buying a chest binder. My personal rule of thumb? If it’s under 20% spandex or elastic, it’s trash. Our listing also tells us how to put the binder on, rather than making you struggle to figure it out on your own. Size chart and customer reviews are readily available on the listing and not buried under ads for other unrelated merchandise. 

Also from looking at the binder’s pictures, the front and back of the binder is made differently; the front is thicker and non transparent while the back can bee seen through a bit and is thin in comparison. This is because the front of the binder is made to compress and bind the chest and the back of the binder is not. All the binding is in the front, support in the back. 
Please, know the difference between an unsafe binder and a safe one. Save your money and avoid ones found on ebay. Can’t afford a binder still? There are programs for people who cannot buy one on their own or it is unsafe for them to buy one. One such I know of is the In a Bind program, they have fantastic service if a bit slow delivery time. Remember, this program is only for transgender men and nonbinary, cosplayers will have to go elsewhere or outright buy a binder.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
i’m sorry i don’t usually comment on posts but i keep trying to tell people this over and over again and a lot of the time nobody listens (hopefully they will now because this is an excellently constructed post)
an ebay binder pushed in one of my ribs and i barely wore it for any time at all (just less than an hour for convenience in my own backyard) because i knew it was bad but it seriously injured me that quickly.
the biggest problem is most people who give these things positive reviews have NEVER HAD A SAFE, PROPER BINDER BEFORE. therefore those positive reviews cannot be trusted! they don’t know how an actual binder is supposed to feel.
this is why i urge people not to include cheap ebay binders in their giveaways, especially. it’s not a game and it doesn’t matter how “safe” you are when using them or how well you advise people- they are NOT SAFE.
don’t harm people by trying to make it seem like it’s okay just because you want a couple more followers or to give something away because it’s cheap.

animeadult:

for-transmen:

If you’ve been looking to bind, whether you’re transgender, non-binary, or a cosplayer, you’ve probably come across binders like these on Ebay, Amazon, or AliExpress. Usually they’re called E.V.A, SHO, Whatwears, or Ancient Fish King brands, all of which are apparently, interchangeable with each other. Ross is here to tell you that these chest binders are not much of a step up from ace bandages, which in case you hadn’t known already, are the worst thing you can do to bind your chest. So here’s the run down, from least bad to worst.

Why is a chest binder for a lesbian?

First off, the sellers are usually misinformed about why someone would use a chest binder is needed just from how they title them. Why would Lesbians want a chest binder (outside of cosplay?)? I don’t know, but most of these listings have lesbian in the name, suggesting that chest binders are for girls, not men or nonbinary. This right there should be a warning sign of a company that doesn’t know what they are doing.

It's too tight!

The strapless binders’ model is wearing the wrong size for their chest. Their breast is popping out over the top of the binder, and I can personally say that with that binder, it is very, very, painful if you have a larger chest. After about 20 minutes, bruising and chaffing will occur, especially to those with larger chests or are heavier. In the worst case scenario, the breast will rip or pop as if it were cut with a knife.

These materials are not good

Look at the materials used. These chest binders do not have any or enough stretchy material in them. Elastic or spandex is the best. On the ones that do have spandex, they don’t mention how much there is in the binder. This is an enormous, bright, flashing sign that the binder is NOT safe. Just how bad is it? Ace bandages likely have more elastic than these binders do, and the ace bandages can still kill you if they don’t maim you. A binder is supposed to stretch, be easily manipulated, and you must be able to take a full breath in them. I’ve bought and used two different types binders from Ebay not knowing any better, and I could barely take a breath at all. I did get larger and larger sizes, and with the same result. Putting it simply, their binders could be falling off of you because they are too big and still would not be safe. 

Now I can’t show you in a picture about the next part, but what’s probably the worst about these binders is that their ‘binding’ material goes all the way around the binder. Your binder should NOT have this unless it is made to correct back posture. Sports bras can, but that is better for again, correcting back posture. So not only will you be binding your chest, but you’ll be binding your ribs, back, and shoulders as well. This can warp them and damage the tissue. 

So what does a good binder look like? I’m going to use the binder I’ve had the best experience with as an example. The Ultimate Chest Binder Tank by underworks. I’ve bought two of these as I’ve needed them, I wore out my old one after a year and a half of use daily including at work.

So, straight off from the site, we know this seller is knowledgeable about their target audience. Chest binders are under the men’s section and you never see the word lesbian on any of them. The only thing marked for women under the chest binder section is a sports bra, put there because transgender men often use them for working out.

YES! Good binder!

The information section on the binder isn’t just two or three lines, it’s a whole paragraph. What is this binder made of? Medical grade 70% nylon and 30% spandex knit. It says it right there and is readily available information, you don’t have to dig through the seller’s ads for cheap wholesale jewelry in the description to find it. The listing also tells us how much of each material is used, information you must have when buying a chest binder. My personal rule of thumb? If it’s under 20% spandex or elastic, it’s trash. Our listing also tells us how to put the binder on, rather than making you struggle to figure it out on your own. Size chart and customer reviews are readily available on the listing and not buried under ads for other unrelated merchandise. 

Also from looking at the binder’s pictures, the front and back of the binder is made differently; the front is thicker and non transparent while the back can bee seen through a bit and is thin in comparison. This is because the front of the binder is made to compress and bind the chest and the back of the binder is not. All the binding is in the front, support in the back. 

Please, know the difference between an unsafe binder and a safe one. Save your money and avoid ones found on ebay. Can’t afford a binder still? There are programs for people who cannot buy one on their own or it is unsafe for them to buy one. One such I know of is the In a Bind program, they have fantastic service if a bit slow delivery time. Remember, this program is only for transgender men and nonbinary, cosplayers will have to go elsewhere or outright buy a binder.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

i’m sorry i don’t usually comment on posts but i keep trying to tell people this over and over again and a lot of the time nobody listens (hopefully they will now because this is an excellently constructed post)

an ebay binder pushed in one of my ribs and i barely wore it for any time at all (just less than an hour for convenience in my own backyard) because i knew it was bad but it seriously injured me that quickly.

the biggest problem is most people who give these things positive reviews have NEVER HAD A SAFE, PROPER BINDER BEFORE. therefore those positive reviews cannot be trusted! they don’t know how an actual binder is supposed to feel.

this is why i urge people not to include cheap ebay binders in their giveaways, especially. it’s not a game and it doesn’t matter how “safe” you are when using them or how well you advise people- they are NOT SAFE.

don’t harm people by trying to make it seem like it’s okay just because you want a couple more followers or to give something away because it’s cheap.

(via karenhealey)

usemeinasentence:

What size are you?

I HATE THESE SIGNS SO MUCH.

I mean, since this is apparently a sign on a lingerie shop, I assume it’s supposed to be tongue-in-cheek and not supposed to be taken seriously… but the only cup sizes with positive messages here are C, D, and DD. Away from that narrow window of “good” sizes, the messages turn into really shitty body policing (apparently I need a reduction, or I’ve fallen and can’t get up). If I still felt insecure about my breasts, this sign would make me feel considerably worse. These days, it just makes me angry.

fatespectrum:

okay, serious question.

How the hell do online stores propose me to see if their bra fits, when I’m not allowed to try it on if I want to return it?!?!

:|

Which stores do that? I know a lot say they should be returned “unworn” but I have always assumed that they meant you shouldn’t return them after wearing them for hours/days. I’ve never had any problem returning bras when I’ve tried them on briefly, like you would in a fitting room at a physical store.

Sports bras are a feminist issue

There has been some publicity recently about a new study which finds that 17% of women are put off exercising by breast-related problems. In some ways this isn’t terribly surprising. I’ve mentioned before that a properly-fitting bra can mean the difference between a sedentary lifestyle and a more active one.

One interesting finding from the study is that participants’ levels of activity were not influenced by breast size, suggesting that breast problems can be a barrier to exercise regardless of breast size. Instead, participants with more knowledge of breast health were more likely to wear sports bras and to exercise regularly. The authors note that ‘increasing breast health knowledge may reduce barriers to physical activity’.

The main breast-related problems reported by study participants were being unable to find a properly fitting sports bra and being embarrassed by breast movement during exercise. These problems are somewhat related, as a well-fitting sports bra should substantially decrease breast movement during exercise. Having said that, it would be nice if our society didn’t regard breasts as inherently sexual or obscene; we shouldn’t have to feel embarassed about breast movement in the first place!

It would also be nice if bra manufacturers paid a bit more attention to the needs of the people who actually wear the bras, because a lot of sports bras are really rubbish. This study found that 75% of female marathon runners surveyed experienced issues such as chafing and straps digging in, noting that “sports bra design could be improved to alleviate bra fit issues”.

Personally, I’ve found that Berlei, Panache, and Freya sports bras have worked well for me. If only they weren’t so expensive!

Q

catp asked:

I measure a 26GG, but it seems like no one makes bras in 26 bands, especially here in the U.S. So, I've resorted to buying 28G bras, but the fit is hit-or-miss. It's terrible spending $50+ on a bra that doesn't even fit properly. Do you, or might anyone out there, know of any companies that make 26GG? I know we all have this struggle, but, I just want a bra that fits!!

A

tansy-91:

bigboobprobs:

My goodness, honestly I didn’t know a 26 band size even existed :(  honestly I’m not sure what to tell you, online might be your best bet!  Otherwise, you might want to look into getting bras custom made…horrible, I know, but at least you’d be guaranteed a proper fit!

Made in Preston sells bras in 26GG. I’d also recommend looking on Bratabase for styles that run small in the band in 28G/GG.

Made in Preston is the only manufacturer I know of that regularly makes bras in band size 26 (NZ/Aus size 4). Their range goes up to size 38 (NZ/Aus 16) in cup sizes DD-J, and they also make shirts and dresses which can accommodate a fuller bust. Potentially a useful resource, especially for those with smaller ribcage measurements.

Bras are slightly less expensive than usual right now

Brastop and Large Cup Lingerie both have sales on at present, with some pretty serious discounts on lingerie, swimwear, pyjamas, etc. Large Cup Lingerie also does free worldwide shipping. Brastop charges about NZ$30 to ship to New Zealand, but this weekend they’ll do free worldwide shipping for orders over £60 (coupon code WDFREE). Both shops sell bras in band sizes 28-46 (NZ/Aus sizes 6-24) and cup sizes D-K.

Here’s my advice on buying bras online - I plan to make a more up-to-date version of this post soon. In the meantime, the askbox is always open if you want more advice or information.

tansy-91:

lemonsharks:

dederants:

bevgodsgirls:

the-dark-side-of-the-room:

socimages:

Now THIS is a bold lingerie ad.

When the star model for Forever Yours Lingerie was diagnosed with cancer, the brand decided to stick with her.

Tom Megginson at The Ethical Admanapproves:

“So, while American Eagle is getting virtual hugs and high fives for its commitment to not photoshopping its typical-looking models,  elsewhere there are brands and models who are willing to show us what it really takes to do something about the fashion industry’s body image problem.”

Read the rest

All I can do is

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ETA: no, wait, hold up, stop the presses. There’s another thing I can do and that’s shop their store. You probably can too, because CHECK OUT THEIR BRA MATRIX

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omfg

Reblogging because look at that size range!!!! And also because representation is important.

Those bras look awesome!

hey taraljc  I think your rack should get to know their bra matrix.

Why can’t all lingerie shops be like this? Seriously, look at the range of sizes and styles they carry!

They even ship to New Zealand!

“An ill-fitting bra is a serious medical issue as it can contribute to numerous negative health outcomes, such as upper limb neural symptoms and deep bra furrows caused by excessive strap pressure; neck and back pain, as well as poor posture and exercise-induced breast discomfort. These symptoms can be so severe as to force women with large breasts to seek reduction mammoplasty or inhibit these women from participating in physical activity. Interestingly, correctly fitted, supportive bras have been found to alleviate up to 85% of these symptoms, allowing women to exercise in greater comfort and reducing the need for breast reduction surgery.”

McGee, D.R., and Steele, J.R., ‘Optimising breast support in female patients through correct bra fit. A cross-sectional study’, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 13 (2010), 568-572. In-text citations have been removed from the quote for readability.

I already discussed the paper here, but this quote is important enough to get its own post. This is one of the many reasons why good bras are a feminist issue.

NB: although the authors of the article use “women” to refer to people with breasts, not everyone with breasts identifies as a woman.

Q

Anonymous asked:

thoughts on bendon?

A

Bendon specifically, or the various brands sold in Bendon stores? Either way, I can’t say I’m a fan.

Bendon (specifically) makes some lovely bras, but in a pretty narrow range of sizes, which means I usually can’t wear any of them! I see that they now have a sports bra that goes up to a G cup, but one style that might possibly fit me really isn’t good enough. Some of the other brands they sell are a bit better in terms of size range: Pleasure State, Evollove, Elle McPherson and Fayreform all have multiple bras in DD+ sizes. Unfortunately none of them seem to work for me.

Part of the problem is still with sizing. Pleasure State and Evollove have bras “available to G cup”, but they both skip the FF cup size, meaning that their “G cup” bras fit more like other brands’ FF cups. In my experience, many Evollove bras also run small in the cups, making them even less accommodating of large breasts. I find the fit of Pleasure State bras to be quite variable, and I can sometimes fit their plunge bras in 10G. They make some beautiful lingerie, and since this beautiful lingerie occasionally fits me, I don’t disregard them completely.

Elle and Fayreform do include FF cups, which is a good start. Some Fayreform styles even go up to a J cup. However, neither brand works for me. Most of the DD+ styles made by Elle McPherson are flimsy little lace things that (in my opinion) just aren’t supportive enough for everyday wear. I also find that the lace can be a bit itchy. Their padded bras are definitely more supportive (and sometimes very pretty), but they just seem to be the wrong shape for my breasts.

I really dislike Fayreform. Their bras fit me but I just don’t like the styles: almost all full coverage, bland colours, unflattering shapes. I feel like they’re telling me "Your boobs are too big for public decency! They must be TOTALLY COVERED UP with antique upholstery fabric! You shall never look pretty or cute or sexy again!" 

Maybe I’m being a bit uncharitable here. I have occasionally seen Fayreform bras that look quite nice. But I could forgive even ugly bras if they were decently supportive, and my experience with Fayreform bras is that they aren’t. I actually own one: I bought it because it was cheap and at the time I had literally no bras that fitted me properly. Wearing it reduces my cleavage to the point of non-existence and makes my boobs point out to my sides instead of forward. In terms of support, it’s better than going without a bra, but really not great.

My OTHER problem with Bendon is that they still use the plus-four fitting system, which consistently puts people in bras with bands that are too big and cups that are too small to provide proper support. This can lead to significant health problems.

Sorry, this turned into a bit of a rant.

squidsqueen:

the-hairy-heroine:

Since bras are a part of beauty culture, they are a feminist issue and I’m not sure why it doesn’t get discussed a lot.

Oh wait, yes I do. It’s because mainstream sex pozzie third wavers would much rather sweep the “bra burning feminist” trope under the rug than actually challenge narratives telling women that our bodies are insufficient. 。◕‿◕。

Of course women shouldn’t be shamed for choosing not to wear bras, and bras shouldn’t be seen as a necessity for being fully dressed in a socially acceptable way. Those things are shit.

HOWEVER there are a lot of people who wear bras for utilitarian reasons, whether out of their own feelings of modesty, or to mitigate breast/and or back pain, or even because (like me) they feel safer with them than without them in public, and none of those things should be shamed either. I’ve spoken to several friends who, like me, are sexual abuse survivors and who feel (as I do) that going without a bra in public feels like walking into a war zone without armor. It feels exposed, it feels vulnerable and unsafe. For many years during and after my abuse I wore only very ugly, very big, very utilitarian bras. Bras that pushed my chest down and de-emphasized my curves. I wore big huge t-shirts and sweatshirts over them, hoping that no one would notice I had breasts to be attracted to. And I was miserable. I’ve gotten to a point now where I can more often wear clothes that make me feel comfortable and pretty without panicking. But I still can’t go without a bra in public without feeling like I have a giant target painted on my chest. And none of those things are my fault. These are things that were done TO me. And I will not be shamed for the ways in which I cope.

(via grassangel)