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sprittany
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I kinda really want a breast binder but I'm not sure if I should buy one, since I know they're mostly for trans ftm, and I think lesbians as well, but I'm neither.

The reason why I want one is because I'm just not that comfortable with my breasts. I was born a girl and identified as one all my life until around a year ago. I'm not comfortable calling myself a "full" girl anymore. I'm still exploring my options, but I think I might be androgynous.

Anyway, I just think a breast binder would help me become a bit more comfortable with myself. But I just want to make sure if it's acceptable to buy before I do, because I don't want to offend anyone.

Sorry if this is a stupid question. >-< Also, sorry if this isn't the right category, I didn't really know which one to put it under...

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Heather
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Breast binders -- or breast binding -- are something that's just for whoever wants to use them, for whatever reason. They're not usually about someone's sexual orientation. They are often about someone's gender identity or gender presentation, and they are also often something people with breasts use for some sports or kinds of creative performance.

So, if you want one, you get to seek one out. It's not offensive for someone to use one for different reasons than someone else does, and just like say, pants, brassieres or lipstick aren't only for one given gender or gender identity, the same goes here. [Smile]

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OhImpecuniousOne
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I was trying to find an excellent article I saw recently on choosing a binder, but I didn't bookmark and now it's lost to the mists of internet. I did find a couple of other sources that might be useful to you though:
http://fuckyeahbinders.tumblr.com/post/18373414001/go-ask-alice-breast-binding-safety
http://transguys.com/features/chest-binding
Bear in mind that I can't fact-check them, I don't know if they're entirely accurate - but they might be good places to start in researching what to buy. [Smile]

Those resources are written with trans men in mind - but only because the majority of binder users are transmen. [Smile] It's not meant to be exclusionary at all!

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