A little of both

20 Jul

Something I learned today:

  1. Using the word “transwoman” (or transman) is inappropriate. The two words should be separate (trans woman), as this phrase functions kind of like “Jewish man” or “black woman”…it is a descriptive phrase, not a summation of an entire identity, like “transwoman” might suggest. Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl says using a phrase like “transwoman” third-sexes or third-genders (both verbs) a trans person, thus “relegating [them] to [their] own unique categories that are separate from ‘woman’ or ‘man.'” Using the adjectives MTF (male-to-female) or FTM as nouns is equally offensive. As Julia says, “I do not identify as a ‘male-to-female’ – I identify as a woman.

3 Responses to “A little of both”

  1. Jessica Annabelle July 21, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    homemade binder works well for 34b boobs and i assume sizes below, less so for 36b and up:

    buy two pairs size b for b cups, a for a cups, control top pantyhose at target ($3 each)

    lay one flat on bed with legs pointing away from you
    cut legs at diagonal like this:
    ___ <- flat line here is crotch area
    / \ <-legs gone now
    <-waist part of pantyhose is here
    then cut out the white crotch diamond
    then cut the crotch a little lower on one side, to fit head through and not strangle self.

    second one's easy, just cut the waist off so you have a big fat band on pantyhose- bandeau style

    put on the one with straps
    then put the bandeau style one over the fullest part of the breast, possibly folding in half

    the first one has a sports bra like effect, second flattens.

    i'm posting that cuz its accessible- can get it at target and its only $6 and it's DIYawesomeness.

    what you should really do though is buy the tritop chest binder at http://www.ftm.underworks.com/ it will work better, require less adjusting, be more comfortable, and be healthier. $36 with shipping.

    breathe evenly. its hard for the first couple minutes and then your body adjusts. strenuous activity (running, lifting, biking) is definitely hard.

    also: im unconvinced that binding is totally unlike wearing a corset, or binding your feet. interesting intersection there. no real take away point.

  2. Molly July 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    I am curious about your interest in binders. I never would have thought to do this because I am usually trying to make my breasts look BIGGER not smaller.

    • Jessica Annabelle July 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm #


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