(noun | binders, plural | to bind, verb | bound, past-tense verb)
A garment used to flatten the chest often to decrease dysphoria or to adjust presentation. Often used by AFAB trans people as one of their first gender affirming pieces of clothing, but can be used by anyone with a chest that isn’t flat.
e.g. While all binding carries a risk, it is especially unsafe to bind with anything other than an actual binder.
Places to buy a legitimate binder: GC2B (USA) | Underworks (USA) | FLAVNT (USA) | Spectrum Outfitters (UK) | T-Kingdom (ROC) |
Further reading to gain expanded context:
All the Questions You had about Chest Binding | Buzzfeed
Binding While Broke | Let’s Queer Things Up
9 Tips for Chest Binding as a Plus Size Person | Bustle
Gender Expression Gear | Scarleteen
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