Designing a Safer Chest Binder, 2020-present

Chest binding—the process of compressing breasts for a flatter appearance—is an important contributor to wellbeing and good mental health for many transgender and non-binary people. Yet, 97% of binder users report negative physical symptoms related to binding; these range from itching and back pain to rib fractures for 2.8% of users (Peitzmeier et al., 2016). This new project explores how a binder or other chest concealing device can support safe, empowering binding and minimize negative physical health outcomes.

Home page image from the Gender Spectrum Collection

Peitzmeier, S., Gardner., I., Weinand, J., Corbet, A., & Acevedo, K. (2017). Health impact of chest binding among transgender adults: A community-engaged, cross-sectional study. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 19(1), 64–75.

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