2171) I’m fortunate enough to have a very small chest, and can bind with ACE bandages as a result with no side effects or problems. It’s a personal decision that has worked for me for nearly three years. Yet I am regularly shouted at and berated by ‘support’ groups for it. I now just lie to them and say I use a binder to make life easier. I really shouldn’t have to do that, but well done everyone who’s managed to shame me into lying.
I’m not going to shame you for your decision, but I would not like you being so flippant about your usage of ace bandages either.
You don’t know how many blokes, possibly young and impressionable, are thinking, hey, it works for this person, so it’d work for me too! I know we’re not responsible for what other people chose to do, but I feel like it’s a bit of social responsibility.
I have really tiny tits too. (Well, maybe not tiny, but I can get away with not binding at all if I wear lots of loose layers and slouch.) I used to use both tape and bandages. I thought there were no side-effects either. But I started using a binder because it was much less effort. Recently, I tried bandages again because I couldn’t find my binder and after a few hours, I started feeling like it was getting a little harder to breathe. I probably hadn’t been noticing it before since that’s what I had become used to.
I’m not saying this is nessecarily the same for you, but I don’t think you can be 100% sure you aren’t really experiencing any negative side-effects.
All I’m saying is, I think it isn’t really apropriate to go saying you choose to bind with bandages instead of binders without clarifying you don’t encourage others to do it too. (I can only assume you don’t anon, only because I have no idea who you are and am just covering all my bases.)
I have a binder from underworks I wear on special occassions or just when I’m dressing fancy. For more casual binding, I have these girdle things my mom originally got bor my fat stomach but if you pull them up, they totes work for binding.
But on a normal day, I don’t bind at all. Just make sure to wear a jacket or something over my shirt.