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Welcome to the Chest Binder Review website. This is a resource for FtM trans people, drag kings, and female-bodied androgynes who are looking for a binder and are unsure which to pick.

October 19, 2009

Major Changes

I'm gonna be perfectly honest here: I'm not a fan of Google Sites. So, since Google has switched all of their Pages to Sites, I'm taking this opportunity to make some changes. 

I've set up a Wordpress blog for the reviews, and have started transferring reviews from here to there. I won't be adding reviews to this site any more, so make sure you update your bookmarks!

July 18, 2009

Announcement time!

First things first: Updates will remain sporadic, but they'll get up there.

And now, for the great unveiling *drumroll*:

DefineGender is up and running on YouTube. We're still coming up with topics for future weeks, so if there's anything you'd like to see discussed, let us know.

June 30, 2009

Define Gender on YouTube, and a note to reviewers

The new FtM collab channel Define Gender is currently under construction over at YouTube. If you're interested in contributing, Conner (DaemonSadist) is the guy to talk to. I'll provide an update when it gets off the ground.

Also, there are a few reviews which are still waiting to be posted- no, I haven't forgotten about them. It'll be a little while before they go up, though. Real life is hectic, especially since we've started working on the new home business. Right now, getting the business up and running takes precedence over this website. 

That said, reviews are still welcome- it'll just take a while to get them up. Hopefully, I'll be able to put the lot of them up by the middle of July, but I make no promises.

Jan 24, 2009

The "Bathroom Issue" and a new project

If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, I'm referring to the anti-tans scare tactic used any time a trans-friendly law is passed, that infamous cry of "letting men into the woman's room!"

Let's face it. the fundies are not going to give up on this scare tactic. It's too effective, even if it is based entirely on lies, and the lack of trans people in the public eye makes it hard to fight the image of trans people that's being presented. 

This scare tactic obviously ignores transmen even while the groups using it are aiming to force us to use the women's room. Somehow, I doubt those who are concerned about men using the women's room would appreciate it if a transman were to walk in to the women's room at their workplace.

This project is meant to give voice to those who are most affected by the "bathroom issue."  We haven't managed to pull their minds out of the toilet yet, and I'm sick of sitting around and hoping that we'll manage to get them to address the actual issues any time soon.

This isn't about passing- I know cisgendered women who have a hard time "passing" for their natal sex. This is about not placing people in a situation which endangers their reputation, their jobs, their health, or their lives simply because members of their natal sex are supposed to pee in a different toilet.

So here it is: the Pee in Peace Project. You can find more details on the YouTube video page, or in my blog

 Oct 23, 2008

Looking for help with the Website!

 Alright, so I'm hoping to add some new features to the website, mostly to streamline the review process. Basically, I want to add a fill-in-the-blanks style form for reviewers, as well as a way for visitors to rate the helpfulness of reviews. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to do this, and I don't even know where to start. If anyone is willing to offer some advice or information on how to do this, please email me at dysperdis[at]gmail[dot]com.

 Thank you,

Sean (aka Dysperdis)

Oct 25, 2007

Looking for reviewers!

If you are currently using a binder, or have in the past, and would like to review a binder, contact me at chestbinders[at]gmail[dot]com, or on gaiaonline (username: DysPerDis). All reviews will be credited, so please include your name or preferred alias.

For all reviews, please include the following:

  • Product name
  • Manufacturer's website
  • Cup size at time of use
  • Ratings out of 5 for each of three categories: comfort, effectiveness, and discreetness, as well as an overall score out of 5- if no overall score is provided, I will use an average of the other three scores.
  • EDIT: If possible, please include when you got your binder, as some manufacturers will change their products over time.

A good review should include how effective it was at reducing your chest size, how comfortable it was, any pressure points, and how discreet it was. Photos showing the difference between bound and unbound chests are also helpful, but not required. Reviews may be edited for formatting, grammar and spelling. No other changes will be made without contacting you first.

Nov 20, 2007

As you may know, today marks the 9th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

"The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgendered — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgendered people.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgendered people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgendered people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence." [Source]

The DOR website lists 11 murders in 2007- one for each month so far. This is by no means a complete list.

Some of us are attending various memorial events today. I ask all of you, regardless of whether you plan on attending one of these events to take a moment to reflect on those who lost their lives, simply because they refused to live a lie.