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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Trans Trending-Who is Transitioning



http://www.youtube.com/user/sebastiansayss?feature=CAQQwRs%3D (Age 21)

http://www.youtube.com/user/jamesoriongrey?feature=CAgQwRs%3D (Age 23)

http://www.youtube.com/user/AlixJunge336?feature=CAwQwRs%3D (Age 22)

http://www.youtube.com/user/MrJackFtm?feature=CBQQwRs%3D (Age 16)

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Fi13fF3SSBP89MdzDmO6w?feature=CBgQwRs%3D (Age 15)

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfKz6wVAM0tDbFauHIaXWPQ?feature=CCwQwRs%3D (Age 17)

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWsmknNOwrbzHbTZaoUbLew?feature=CDQQwRs%3D (Age 18)

http://www.youtube.com/user/tyoxb?feature=CDgQwRs%3D (Age (young)

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBRf86zqYUby-8XXpq5S-MA?feature=CEQQwRs%3D (Age18)

Something I see far far too often when doing this weekly post is the overwhelming amount of these young women/girls who bind. Besides the visual obviousness of their binding, I often see the restricted painful movements limiting their range of motion that the harmful self hating act of binding produces. A radfem friend recently sent me this sad horrific tumbl confession from a young women very much like our Trans Trenders here:
Binding surpasses masking breast shame/hatred and plummets straight into permanent physical hell/harm that can last a life time, binding can also just plain kill. Some binding warnings:

* Bruised and/or Fractured Ribs
* Lung Problems
* Back Problems
* Vessel and tissue damage
* Decreased blood flow to the heart, increasing the risk of a heart attack
* Decreased lung capacity (30-40% capacity)
* Blood Clots
* Costochondritis - Inflammation of the ribs
* Permanent loss of sensation/numbness of the chest area

* Death 

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15 comments:

  1. Some of these 15 or 16 year old girls manage to buy binders online. Or, someone gives them an old binder to wear. Unfortunately, they don't know if they wear them for long periods of time they can mis-align ribs not to mention other health problems. ACE bandages can create some serious problems. I'm concerned about teenage girls binding because their bodies are still developing.

    "The first step in learning how to bind safely is finding about what’s not safe to do. Don’t use Ace bandages or duct tape—they aren’t meant for binding, don’t move with your body, and can cause physical harm. They can seriously restrict breathing, cause fluid build-up in your lungs and other serious injuries, such as broken ribs. There have been numerous cases of trans men who’ve acquired permanent scars and other injuries from using Ace bandages or duct tape to bind. Don’t do it."

    http://transguys.com/features/chest-binding

    Part of the problem as I see it is that most teenage girls are uncomfortable with their bodies to begin with. They are starting to develop, they don't want boys staring at them, and they feel awkward and uncomfortable. I know because it took me years before I finally began to love my breasts and my female body. For sports and running, a good sports bra is all a girl needs. There is no need to potentially mis-align your ribs at age seventeen.



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  2. Fourteen year old girls wanting a binder their birthdays.

    How can I ask my parents for a binder? (FTM binding)?

    "I am 14, turning 15 soon. I want to ask my mother for a binder for my birthday, to flatten my chest to make it seem like I do not have any. If you don't know what kind of binder I'm talking about, just look up FTM Binders on Google. I'm not sure how she'd react, so I'm wondering if there is a good way and a good time to ask her this.

    Question: Does this fourteen year old girl even know what FTM is? Who the heck knows what they want when they are fourteen? Her body is still developing, so let's compress her rib cage to start out with. It all sounds healthy to me.

    Answers: lie to the parents or wear two sports bras in a size too small...I wish I were making this up.

    .... assume that you haven't come oome out yet? If you play sport or you have a large chest, you may be able to get away with telling your parents that binders are similar to sport bras. If you don't want to mention anything about you being FTM, you could simply tell them that you need more 'support' or that you'd feel more secure if you could make your chest appear smaller.

    I think the Underworks binders website accepts money orders, so you could pay for it yourself and have it mailed to a friends house so your parents don't find out.

    If all else fails, an alternative binding method is to wear a couple of normal sports bras in a size too small for you." (sounds rather painful to me)

    Where the heck do 14 year old girls hear about binders?

    More advice....

    "Well you can try to educate your mom about transsexuals, then explain to her your feelings.

    (Or, you could examine the centuries old historical role that misogyny plays in how girls and women feel about their bodies. Victorian women had mis-aligned ribs too from wearing tight corsets. It never seems to completely go out of fashion.)

    "Or you can just tell her that you are not comfortable with your boobs and you feel that a binder will help with your self esteem."

    (Nothing says self esteem like mis-aligned ribs. Important things like school, sports, after school activities, making the honor roll etc aren't as important in building self esteem as that new binder for the fourteen year old girl's birthday party.)

    "It just depends on if you are out to her or not or if you are ready to tell her about it.

    You could also just ask for money for your birthday and buy the binder yourself. You can buy Visa giftcards at banks so you can order anything online with it that accepts Visa cards." (Fourteen year old girls buying binders online sounds scary to me.)

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090913192438AAyCqHv

    How did we get to this place in time? Sometimes I think we are actually living in one of the most misogynistic periods in history, but we just can't see ourselves for who we really are. If you don't believe me just look at all the plastic surgery, botox, cosmetics, fashion, makeup for teenage girls etc...etc. If women really felt good about themselves and their bodies, these lucrative interests wouldn't exist. The girls who don't buy into the pretty princess role for whatever reason think that their only option is to bind, or to surgically lop off their breasts. There is hyper-feminization and sexualization of young girls on one end of the spectrum, and FTM on the other end of the spectrum. There is nothing in between because society gets to say what is and isn't appropriate sex roles.

    For any girl or woman to truly love herself is a revolutionary act in and of itself. No one is telling fourteen year old girls this.

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  3. "Who the heck knows what they want when they are fourteen?"

    I knew I wanted to fall in love with another girl when I was 14.

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  4. From what I understand, corsets compress the belly and ribcage, under the breasts.

    I can't find any information about real binders for breasts caushing misaligned ribs.

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  5. Corsets and binders are like apples and oranges.

    Corsets were originally made out of whale bone, and were designed to deform the spine (on purpose). Modern corsets are made out of metal (just as inflexible as whale bone) and are no longer designed to deform the spine. If worn properly, they shouldn't cause pain or injury. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who wear them improperly to force their bodies into improper configurations. Corsets compress the belly and fit around the lower rib cage, below the breasts/pecs.

    Binders are made of flexible material which will stretch, allowing for freedom of movement and normal breathing. They fit around the breasts and are intended to compress the breasts only (though many are longer, covering more of the torso in order to give the illusion of a flatter chest). They are designed to flatten (like a sports bra is) but not to constrict. They shouldn't cause issues unless worn at sizes too small or worn too long (shouldn't wear more than eight hours without a break).

    Ace bandages do not allow for as much flexibility, and are designed to constrict. Also not something you can really compare with a binder.

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  6. "I can't find any information about real binders for breasts caushing misaligned ribs."

    There is a lot of information on constricting binders used for long stretches of time causing medical problems with the ribs and other health problems.

    "Costochondritis -an Inflamation of the ribs. The person who developed this condition also stated that after 6 years of binding his chest is completly deformed (the ribs are compressed into his lungs) and his doctor has great fear from the pockets of muscles that have shifted."

    http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=10254


    "I've read the "which binders are good" etc threads and I've been thinking about getting a binder, but I'm worried I've been binding 3 1/2 years now, much to my chagrin, with Underworks binders. Thus far, I don't have any rib damage that I'm aware of, but incurred bursitis in my right shoulder numerous times due to the strain the binders put on it.

    My ribcage has gotten a little screwed up since I started binding, but I had a doctor check it out when I first noticed it and he said it looks okay. Didn't get an X-ray so I guess I can't be sure... but the left side now has a sort of flattened part before it pops out further than the other one, and the right side is more rounded."

    http://www.susans.org/forums/index.php?topic=68786.0

    "Ace bandages or duct tape are far riskier than products designed for binding (such as those from T-kingdom or underworks). However, they are not without risk. Even 'proper' binding can cause bruised or cracked ribs; lung problems; back problems; vessel or tissue damage; decreased blood flow to heart (increased risk of heart attack); decreased lung capacity; blood clots; inflamation of the ribs; permanent loss of sensation/numbness. Using proper binders (rather than ace or duct tape) and not wearing them too tight, not sleeping in them, and not wearing them for too long greatly reduces these risk, but they still sometimes happen (I know a guy who has inflamation of the ribs after binding). This isn't meant to be some sort of 'binding=death' speech. I bind myself and I myself am non-binary/genderqueer. So, understand that I am not judging, I just think people should make their decisions with full information."

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  7. "Corsets and binders are like apples and oranges."

    This might be partially true, but they both contstrict the female body, add pressure to the rib cage, and press into the internal organs. Victoria women had problems with their ribs too.

    "I can't find any information about real binders for breasts caushing misaligned ribs."



    http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=10254

    It has been common when the topic of binding is first introduced to a transgendered male (or sometimes to an androgynous person should they be interested in the process) to ask or be asked "what possible dangers are there in doing this. "

    By and large the main problems that many of us have cited or cautioned against have been not to bind too tightly or for more than roughly 9 hours consecutively because of the risk of pain, constricted breathing , and the posibility of developing pneumonia because of the constriction.

    Until now.

    Very recently, (two nights ago) I had the opportunity to hear (and most of these were first hand from fellas who unfortunately developed these problems) a much more detailed and extensive list of possible dangers . I'm sorry , but when I know about it you know about it. Esp if I think it may help any of you not have these problems. Some of these were rather serious. And I would feel wrong to hear it and not share it.


    These primarily result from improper binding (ace bandages, neophrene back braces, other items not intended to compress the ribs and lungs) and long term binding (not just number of consecutive hours, but binding over the course of years).

    These perhaps should ESPECIALLY be taken into consideration by teen transmen who's bones are not finished developing and are not completely hardened. If your mother took a pair of scissors to your binder, she might have had a reason.....


    *bruising and fracturing of ribs

    *pulmonary (lung ) problems

    *small vessel damge and tissue injury

    *back issues

    *low blood flow to the heart resulting in a mild heart attack

    *decreased lung compacity (lungs only functioning to 30 and 40 %)

    binding, according to one doctor tends to throw clots out and in turn can be yet another (in addition to that low blood flow) cause of heart attacks

    *Costochondritis -an Inflamation of the ribs. The person who developed this condition also stated that after 6 years of binding his chest is completly deformed (the ribs are compressed into his lungs) and his doctor has great fear from the pockets of muscles that have shifted. (he only used underworks binders) cut of the blood flow through the lymph-nodes in the breast area. This could cause clots, damage to your circulation and lead to lymphatic cancer due to the bacteria build up and clogging of the lymph-nodes. There have been reports about clots, blood clots and lack or circulation causing numbness and permanent loss of sensation in the breast/chest area

    BUY BINDERS ON EBAY? I'm concerned about fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen girls binding binders online, or getting them from a friend. Their bodies are just developing.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_kw=FTM+binder+transmen+compression+shirt+binding

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_kw=FTM+binder+transmen+compression+shirt+binding

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  8. "Ken again, with another health question. Ever since about 8 months after I started binding, I’ve have pain under the right side of my ribcage. This pain has only grown more intense over the years and every test done on my gallbladder and liver has shown up normal. The next step after another test is to possibly try a nerve block on that part of my ribcage.

    Lying on my back makes it worse, as does motion and binding. I’m going to bring up this sudden revelation with my doctor Wednesday, but has anyone else experienced anything similar to this or know if there’s any sort of connection? I’ve always used decently-fitting binders and never Ace bandages or duct tape in the ~5 1/2 years I’ve been binding."

    http://fuckyeahftms.tumblr.com/post/17595599898/long-term-binding-and-rib-pain

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  9. Top 8 Chest Binding Dangers

    http://theartoftransition.net/chest-binding-dangers-ftm-transition/

    "Are you thinking to yourself, “I know all about chest binding dangers, that’s why I’m using a specifically designed chest binder from FTM underworks…. I’m safe!”

    You’re wrong!

    Most people seem to know that binding with tapes and bandages can be dangerous, but few people realize that the same risks apply to chest binders.

    And the damages do occur: bruised ribs, deformed ribs, broken ribs, lung collapse,….

    Here’s the story from a guy who’d been wearing ONLY Underworks binders for 6 years:

    **He developed costochondritis (rib inflammation)
    ***His ribs are deformed and compressed into his lungs
    ***Some of his muscles have shifted position….

    If you take a look at the illustrations, you will see that the binder sits right on top of the ribs.

    The compression here can damage small blood vessels, compress the breast tissue, slow down blood flow to the lymph nodes, and create clots (that could get to the heart and provoke a mild heart attack).

    The ribs have a very important role: they protect the lungs located right below them.

    Unfortunately ribs are fairly easy to break.

    **Some people break a rib just from sneezing too hard
    **If you’ve ever learned to perform CPR on those modern mannequins, you know that it’s actually hard NOT to break the patients ribs

    What Happens If A Rib-Bone Fractures?

    **If you’re lucky you are left with severe pain.
    *If you’re not so lucky, the rib punctures the lung as it breaks"

    Good Youtube video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jUymTlGKXLI#t=54s

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  10. How about you worry about you and let other people pick out their own life (and binders) ok? great.

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  11. Get back in the kitchen, ma.

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  12. On binders for fourteen year old girls....

    "How about you worry about you and let other people pick out their own life (and binders) ok? great"

    "Get back in the kitchen, ma"

    What stunning and intellectually gifted individuals. "Ma is supposed to get back in the kitchen." What an enlightened statement completely free of any sexist beliefs that women belong in the kitchen where they should just not raise their voices while the men folk talk.

    Fourteen year old girls wanting binders for their birthday, or buying a binder online. Although her body is still developing, let's restrict her rib cage and press in her internal organs. If these girls are under the age of eighteen, shouldn't their parents care about their health and developing bodies? If binders can cause the following, one would think that the parents of teenage girls would be interested in their health. Perhaps teenage girls shouldn't buy binders online.

    bruising and fracturing of ribs

    *pulmonary (lung ) problems

    *small vessel damge and tissue injury

    *back issues

    *low blood flow to the heart resulting in a mild heart attack

    *decreased lung compacity (lungs only functioning to 30 and 40 %)binding, according to one doctor tends to throw clots out and in turn can be yet another (in addition to that low blood flow) cause of heart attacks

    *Costochondritis -an Inflamation of the ribs. The person who developed this condition also stated that after 6 years of binding his chest is completly deformed (the ribs are compressed into his lungs) and his doctor has great fear from the pockets of muscles that have shifted. (he only used underworks binders) cut of the blood flow through the lymph-nodes in the breast area. This could cause clots, damage to your circulation and lead to lymphatic cancer due to the bacteria build up and clogging of the lymph-nodes. There have been reports about clots, blood clots and lack or circulation causing numbness and permanent loss of sensation in the breast/chest area

    Here’s the story from a guy who’d been wearing ONLY Underworks binders for 6 years:

    **He developed costochondritis (rib inflammation)
    ***His ribs are deformed and compressed into his lungs
    ***Some of his muscles have shifted position….

    http://theartoftransition.net/chest-binding-dangers-ftm-transition/

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  13. "What stunning and intellectually gifted individuals. "Ma is supposed to get back in the kitchen." What an enlightened statement completely free of any sexist beliefs that women belong in the kitchen where they should just not raise their voices while the men folk talk".

    Your lack sarcastic humour and sense of irony is what's stunning, dipshit.

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  14. Oh my goddess, these poor babies! This trans shit is really a genocide agains lesbians.... Horrible.

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  15. Why wont any of you people actually read and understand what dirt is saying?! She is NOT bashing anyone..she is just trying to make you see..FUCKING WAKE UP. YOU'RE ALL LIVING A ILLUSION..ALL YOU PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IS YOU'RE NEW FOUND 'TRANS IDENTITY'what binder you have,what t you are on,your new name..you were born a woman..you are a woman?!..CONSTANTLY DELUDING YOU'RE SELFS..FUCKING WAKE UP PLEASE SHES ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU. I myself was almost pushed into this 'trans' world. and im so fucking glad i found this blog. Now i see the blogs of these young people around my age. and it makes me want to cry. you're mutilating your body's..and take hormones you were never meant to have in your body.You are how you are born. you are you. AND THERE IS FUCK ALL WRONG WITH THAT.

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