The history of binders and why we use them

15 June 2023

The chest binder first came into our lives in the 1920’s, to help AFAB (assigned female at birth) people flatten their breasts or minimise the appearance of their chest, to create a more masculine look. A flat-chested shape became the ideal look for women. Shortly after World War One, female office workers would bind their breasts to lessen their female form, in order to minimise sexual interest from males.

Chest binding is the process of flattening your chest to make it more male-presenting. This is a popular step in the female-to-male transition. Binders are designed and made to relieve chest dysphoria while still being comfortable and safe. It can help people of any gender feel more confident with the way their chest is presented and how it feels. Chest binding has become very common, helping people express their gender the way they have always wished to.

At Genderwear, our binders are made from high quality, strong, yet comfortable fabrics – designed just for you.

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