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    We Asked Some People About What It's Really Like To Wear A Chest Binder

    It's a love-hate relationship.

    Binding is a technique used to minimize the appearance of a person’s chest. Some transgender, queer, and gender-nonconforming individuals wear binders to create a flatter silhouette.

    People choose to bind for different reasons — from lessening the uncomfortable feelings that stem from dysphoria to looking more amazing in a button-down shirt.

    But what is it really like to wear a chest binder?

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    We asked some people who bind, or used to bind, to talk openly and honestly about their experiences.

    Binding can be a way to make how you feel on the outside match how you feel on the inside.

    Though not everyone will be able to understand it.

    When you find one that fits and makes you feel

    Well, that's perfect.

    But it can also be a real grind.

    A downright uncomfortable grind, at that.

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    And when it comes to information about safely and correctly binding? There can never be enough.