Transcript: Ask Hunta, Part 4:
[Footage Description: 3:02 video featuring Hunta Williams [Black man with long dreadlocks, wearing a white button up/ short-sleeved shirt. He is seated against an orange backdrop with a grey post to the side and a lamppost on his other side. He is discussing using chest binders.]
Hunta: Hi, everyone. I’m Hunta. Today I’m going to talk about using binders and top chest surgery. Mostly, though, this video focuses on chest binders, alright?
So what are binders? Chest binders are used to change the shape of a person’s chest, making it more flat. This allows a person to look like a man, so that no one notices any difference.
When I first started the process of hormone injections, I became uncomfortable with the appearance of my chest, with the appearance of breasts. I decided I wanted to wear a chest binder to flatten my chest. What does a chest binder look like? Well, here, have a look. [Holds up black material in the shape of a tank. The material is slightly stretchy and seems small in size.] See this? It stretches tightly across the chest.
How does it work? Well, a big part of it is related to the size you choose. The material is compression material. It’s not like your regular, everyday tank top or even girdles. It is very tight. So you have to be super cautious not to pick the wrong size. It can be dangerous if you go a size smaller than your normal size, so don’t do that. The one I have right now in my hands is a medium. It looks small, right? It’s actually a medium. That gives you an idea of how much it compresses your chest!
Once I started wearing this I felt a big difference. I felt more comfortable around people, my body image much more positive. If you want to order one of those, I can give you the link. See my email in the info box below the video.
After wearing a binder for awhile, I continued to talk about my options with doctors, mostly related to top chest surgery. I decided I wanted to remove part of my chest. After I went ahead with the surgery, I no longer needed the chest binder.
So what did I do with them? I donated those to the community, to others who needed them. Here in Minneapolis we have an Exchange where people donate and trade necessities related to transitioning. Because there are people who can’t afford to buy binders and people who just… can’t get them. I recommend if you have been using binders and have the top chest surgery, please consider donating your binders too.
It’s been a really good experience for me. In my next video I will be talking about top chest surgery and will show you what the process was like for me. Hope you have a good day- Thumbs up!
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