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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chest (breast) Binding: The New Corset























I made mention in my last post that the millions of negative messages looming both large and subliminally impact greatly each and every female from cradle to grave, negative misogynistic messages, many that have been with us so long we believe them to be "natural"/"normal". Like minute bits of dirt left unwashed from our skin, they sink deeper into our pores until one day they eventually break out into some form of puss filled sore or pimple or worse, a life threatening cancer. Man may have disturbed the ground that created the dust, but far too often it is women who fan the dirt from woman to woman to woman adding to the filth of women's lives.


The corset was just such a fetid invention, an invention crudely made, but one that would give females an hour glass shape, a male approved shape that signified an ultra (hyper) femininity as well as an upper class status, although later on all classes of females wore some version of the corset. The tighter a corset was worn, the more the figure would appear like the ideal hour glass, and the more females would gain positive attention from both men and women. But the tighter the corset was worn, the greater the health problems suffered by women; from light headedness to out right fainting spells, difficulty breathing, various issues with internal organs being smashed, broken ribs, some resulting in the puncturing of lungs which resulted in death. As (male) doctors began seeing more and more cases of women suffering from the assorted corset issues, (male) doctors told women not to lace the corset so tightly, some even demanded women stop wearing them altogether. But due to the pressure and expectations women received from each other, corset wearing continued until its style eventually went out of popular fashion, not because of its long history of proven dangers.

Breast binding is a more recent pustule risen out of the same misogynistic filth that germinated the corset. Binding is done in order to smash down the breast for the purpose of flattening or smoothing the breast for a more male appearance while clothed. Like the corset, the tighter one "binds" the more likely one is to suffer serious damages from regular wear. Damages such as shortened breath, potential heart attacks, damaged muscles and bones, chest numbness etc. Also like the corset it is primarily women who bind and women who pressure other females into binding. Since "passing" as a male is the ultimate goal of binding, in female trans communities both online and real-time, there is a great deal of pressure women and transmen put on other females who do not bind. There has become a very warped "right of passage" that takes place whenever a female goes from binding to having had her breast surgically hacked off, and that is the "binder give away". This is when transmen give away the binders they no longer need to the less fortunate who haven't a proper binder of their own, thereby adding to the pressure to bind which creates the pressure of those already binding to cross the "binder give away" right of passage into manhood. Unlike the corset, this dangerous article of female "fashion" has yet to reach its peak.

The corset and binder are both products created for the purpose of altering the natural shape of the female body, they are both products females are pressured into through shaming or because of shame, and they are both dangerous to the mental and physical well being of women.

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12 comments:

  1. Talk about not passing as male!

    Check out this trans"guy".
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhJ4Oth5vgE

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  2. Already 5 "hate it"? Even if you hate Dirt, you can't deny the dangers of binding, people. Or maybe you fear the "damage to ribs, internal organs, etc." part is actually true?

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  3. First Anon,

    What I find is many of the young women, like the one you linked, in the earlier stages (first couple years before "T" ravages their bodies) is you still clearly see the beautiful woman they are so desperate to destroy looking out at you pleading for someone to save her.

    All I see here is yet another woman murdered at the hands of patriarchal regimes and its female supporters.

    If women didnt hate each other to such a pathological extent, despite 5000 years of male domination, 52% of the population wouldnt allow the kind of misogyny to happen.

    dirt

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  4. SM,

    They "hate it" because they hate the truth which they mistakenly believe is informing them to be ashamed of their beautiful breast.

    And breast ARE like all things female, beautiful!

    dirt

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  5. wow, I didn't know about this ritual of passing on the binder. Once again, great job and so sad and angering.

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  6. This article is brillant !

    FTM are so poster of woman oppression !

    I just don't get why they are so proud to brag about themselves everywhere on the web : they are just the greatest failure of feminism, a nightmare of freaks, a nation of mutilated ghosts and a bunch of awful fat wolverines (happy halloween)....

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  7. To the last Anon,

    They can brag about their "maleness" because they lack feminism, because feminism has failed all of us and we feminist by remaining silent failed them, therefore the most vulnerable among us has no where to turn but towards what they see (male) as the ultimate way of being.

    And we do not need to reduce them to insults, its petty of us to do so. They cannot escape the mirror, we dont have to exaggerate what they see, its best to tell it true.

    dirt

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  8. It's interesting that the FTM in the video linked to by Anonymous #1 admits in another video that it's probably easier to live as a "transman" than as a Butch woman.

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  9. A few months back I came across Ace bandages in our 15 year old daughter's room. I realized that this is what they were for, and ditched them. I hadn't noticed previously that she had been trying this-she is slender and usually dresses androgynously. Around the same time she had to go to the ER for shortness of breath, which we thought was due to allergies- maybe it was the binding.

    A lot of her issues started after she went to a "queer youth" event, also I think she was influenced by the internet, manga/anime graphic novels & cosplay. She is heterosexual and attracted to gay culture, so I think maybe some of these kids are emulating the trans thing as a way to be "queer", where in the past they would have been a "fag hag" which was the term used back in the 70's & 80's.

    I am hopeful that our daughter seems to be moving away from these trends lately (such as no binding) and getting more involved with school activities and better choices in friends.

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  10. DM,

    You should consider yourself lucky that you had the knowledge to suspect what your daughter was up to, most parents are clueless till the binding fuels their shame into a full blown disorder.

    Hope your daughter continues growing out of these negative feelings, good luck with her!

    dirt

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  11. So sad.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Z5LSDhnO8

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  12. Not all of us bind super tight, man.
    I don't care if you moderate this comment. Some of us KNOW that tight binding is bad. We bind because it hurts more NOT TO.
    So whatever you think, don't think you've got it all figured out.

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