How to pass as a male (for ftms)

This article was co-authored by Shahpar Mirza. Shahpar Mirza is a Community Transgender Expert who began his transition from female-to-male (FTM) starting in 2016. He has had hormone replacement therapy since 2017 and underwent a double mastectomy (top surgery) in April 2018. Through experiences such as working for the Queer Student Resources Center at Stanford University, he is passionate about spreading more awareness about the transgender community and clarifying common misconceptions people may have. He received his BS in Product Design from Stanford University in 2019.

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If you’re transitioning from female to male (FTM), passing can be a major concern. Luckily, there are several things you can do to increase your chances of passing. Start by making some simple adjustments to your appearance, such as by getting a masculine haircut, shaving, and binding. Then, work on adding more masculine elements to your wardrobe. Mannerisms can also be a giveaway, so practice things like standing tall, shaking hands, and speaking in a monotone voice. Using these strategies together will help to increase your chances of passing. Keep in mind, there’s no one right way to pass or transition. Whatever makes you comfortable is the best thing to do! [1] X Expert Source

Shahpar Mirza
Community Transgender Expert Expert Interview. 3 March 2020.

The life of an FTM Transgender Men can be very difficult, especially if they don’t pass as male. If you don’t pass as a male, going out in public can be overwhelmingly challenging and intimidating. When someone who is trying to be polite refers to you as “ma’am,” it can be detrimental to your efforts to embrace your masculinity. Below are some tips to help you pass as male in public. While these tips may not fix everything, they will at least decrease the chances of being referred to as “ma’am.”

Wear Clothes Made for Men

How to pass as a male (for ftms)

One of the easiest and simplest ways of passing as a male is by wearing male clothes. Unlike female clothes that are designed to highlight curves, men’s clothing tends to be straighter and hides curves. If your body is curvy, wearing male clothes can help you hide your curves. In particular, straight cut pants from the men’s department can help create a flatter behind.

You should try to dress more conservatively that you might have before. This will help you to avoid being mistaken for a lesbian. Simply choose a male image you want to project and cultivate a look to suit that image.

Even out Your Chest

The chest is one of the areas that gives many FTM Transgender Guys a headache. This is because it is very hard to pass as a male when you have a curvy chest. If your chest does protrude, you should invest in a good binder to flatten it. Binding your chest flattens it and gives you a masculine appearance. There are multiple types, so you must do some research and choose the binding methodology that suits you best.

As a side point, binding yourself tightly for too long might be harmful because it causes rib and back pain. It is important to use moderation and give yourself a break from binding occasionally. Also, never use tape or elastic bandages when binding your chest

Get a Hair Cut

How to pass as a male (for ftms)

Long hair can have a negative impact on the male image you want to project. If you currently have medium length or long hair, it would be wise to consider a haircut. A good haircut that will certainly help you project a male image. Typical male hairstyles involve keeping your hair short in the back and on the sides.

It is often said that barbers do a much better job of providing a male haircut compared to hairdressers. However, it would be wise to try them both and see which one works better for you. You should not, however, under any circumstances take a pair of scissors and try to do the work yourself. Get a professional haircut, and it will be worth every penny.

How to pass as a male (for ftms)

I’ve been thinking a lot about bathrooms lately.

By now you have probably seen the viral video of school employees breaking into the bathroom stall where trans teen Cece Doll was doing her business. And if you haven’t seen this yet, be prepared to be filled with rage once you do. Meanwhile, cis people continue to claim that the mere presence of trans people violates their privacy.

And while this is more than enough to be going on with, there’s actually another bathroom topic that’s been on my mind lately. Compared to the serious violence many trans people face when attempting to use the bathroom, I’ll admit this other topic is. well. completely trivial. However, it’s also one that comes swimming to the surface of my mind each time I venture into a public bathroom.

Recently, when using the restroom at my local gym, I experienced a situation that took my wonder to a new level.

There are two stalls in this men’s locker room. And on this particular day, the toilet inside Stall #1 was almost overflowing with toilet paper, piss, and excrement. In Stall #2, someone had smeared poop on the wall – at least I’m pretty sure it was poop. I didn’t get close enough to thoroughly inspect.

How to pass as a male (for ftms)

I considered holding it in until after I was done working out, but I knew that bouncing on the treadmill for 20 minutes would make the pressure on my bladder unbearable. So, using my foot, I stretched to kick the flush button in Stall #1 without touching anything else. To my relief, but also my confusion, the toilet flushed just fine.

How many dudes before me just hadn’t bothered to try? Judging from the contents of the toilet, at least 3.

If you hadn’t guessed it yet, this article is about the puzzling and often gross world of men’s restrooms.

For those of you who have yet to brave a men’s room, I’m here to report that they are some of the least pleasant places in the public domain. They’re almost always some degree of nasty, with weirdly damp or sticky floors and the acrid smell of piss wafting into your nostrils.

Also, I will never understand why men put the whole toilet seat down. I honestly can’t think of a single reason to put that top cover down. Does anyone use the toilet that way? If so, there must be a magical creature with special pee that can penetrate the hard plastic of a toilet seat. Regardless, when anyone other than that magical creature uses the toilet next, they have to touch the top lid before doing so. Gross.

Despite cis guys’ inexplicable behavior, and the general grossness of their bathrooms, I will continue to frequent the men’s room. Because using the restroom that aligns most closely to my gender identity still feels better than any other option out there. At least until gender-neutral bathrooms become more commonplace. For those of you who are only dreaming about the day you will feel confident enough to use one, here are a few things you should know:

1. Be Prepared to Wait

That short line for the men’s room? I hate to break it to you, but the fast lane is only for the urinals.

Unless you master the art of standing to pee and are comfortable enough to do so at a urinal, you are actually in for a longer wait in the men’s room. Because while fewer people may be waiting for those precious stalls, men spend significantly more time on the tank than women.

In fact, it is completely commonplace for men to treat the public toilet like their private throne and pretend that other people are not (desperately) waiting to use it after them. While not every cis man takes 10 full minutes to do his business, there’s just not the same pressure to move it along quickly that there is in women’s restrooms where everyone is using stalls.

Instead, you will stand awkwardly against the wall waiting for one of the stalls to empty while other dudes skirt by you to access the urinals. My recommendation? Go before you need to go. It’ll save your bladder from the extra strain.

2. Men’s Bathrooms Are Not Friendly Places

Unless you are at a trans-inclusive gay bathhouse, men’s bathrooms are about as warm as a Siberian snowstorm. “Men” do not make eye contact with each other in the bathroom. They do not speak to one another – not even to ask their neighbor to pass the toilet paper if their stall is out. They get in, do their business (sometimes very, very, very slowly) and then they get out.

If I’m being 100% honest, this is the aspect I hate most about men’s bathrooms. It’s not that I’m trying to make new friends in the bathroom (ok, maybe I am) but the social regulations in the men’s room seem less about managing the awkwardness of doing something private in public, and more about homophobia and gender-policing.

Looking at another man in the bathroom is perceived as “gay” and therefore should be avoided at all costs. This is evidenced by the fact that this rule does not apply in the men’s rooms at gay bars. Well actually, making eye contact or smiling at another guy in the bathroom is seen as gay in this context too. But as we have generally established a base level of gayness in the gay bar, you are welcome to do so. (Warning or tip depending on your aims: holding eye contact for longer than 3 seconds may be seen as an invitation to join you in your stall.)

3. It is Completely Socially Acceptable to Fart and Make Grunting Noises

I don’t know how to elaborate on this one. It’s just true. Grunting and farting are completely commonplace in men’s rooms.

4. It’s Ok to Sit to Pee

I was recently talking with a cis gay male friend about my bathroom woes when he confessed to me that he *always* sits to pee. Once I did a little research, I discovered there are actually tons of articles from cis men encouraging their cis brothers to sit to pee. What’s more, in many non-western cultures, sitting or squatting is the default for ALL humans.

If your dysphoria is triggered by not being able to stand to pee, then by all means, get you an STP and do your thing. But if not, or if you just can’t get the hang of using a stand to pee device, know that you are joining a huge number of cis guys who sit.

Of course, if you are not fully confident in how you are being read, I can totally sympathize with the fear that people are watching you in the bathroom. If the situation does not feel safe or you feel as though you are being scrutinized, you can always do as Kameron Trumbo of Trans SWAG recommends, and make grunting or sighing sounds to mask what you are actually doing in there.

For more bathroom tips and advice to guys who are just starting to use the men’s restroom in public, check out Kameron’s FTM Bathroom Tips video:

Got something to say about the men’s room? Leave it in the comments below!

Barbershop 101

If it’s your first time at a barbershop, you might feel out of place. Most places are first-come, first-served. If you’re there for the first time, it’s customary to take the next available barber. If you’ve grown to like a particular barber, simply sit behind his chair and wait until he is free. Once you’re in the barber’s chair, he or she will ask a few questions about how you like your hair, how you want your sideburns handled, etc. If you know your clipper blade number or have any styles in mind, request it. Sometimes it helps to bring a photo of what you want. You’ll save money on salon prices – plan to spend around $10-15 for a fresh cut, give or take, with a few bucks for a tip.

The barber shop experience can be pretty intimidating for some trans folks, especially for pre- or non-transition guys. You might be nervous, but at the end of the day, you’re a paying customer and the barber’s job is to help you. Plus, many cis women prefer barber shops to hair salons, so the idea that a barbershop is a “boys-only club” isn’t the case.

Picking a Style That Works for You

How to pass as a male (for ftms)While many barbers or stylists can help suggest styles that would work for you, it helps to know what look fits your style, hair type, and face.

In general, you want to pick a hair style that complements your best features , or plays off of your bone structure. So, if you have a rounder face, sticking to square styles and a side part can help create edges that balance you out. If you have wider cheekbones and a diamond-shaped face, adding height and layers by sweeping bangs up will make you look great. For illustrations and ideas, check out the guide on this page (care of Birchbox).

“Shouldn’t I just cut it super short and be done with it?”
You might think that just getting a short buzzcut will automatically help with passing in public, but you will sacrifice highlighting your natural good looks – plus, with the popularity of shorter haircuts among cis women, gay or straight, you might be read incorrectly more often. Pick a style you like and the confidence you’ll gain in looking sharp will help with passing.

Things to consider if you’re looking to pass in public:
While most women have angled sideburns, most guys tend to cut their sideburns straight across. Tell your barber to give you a masculine or angular cut, especially if your barber is not reading you as male and unconsciously is giving you a more feminine cut. If your hair is naturally “fuzzy” or “downy” you might look a bit more feminine, so try using product to keep it styled and under control. Also, if you have facial hair, be sure to keep that on point. If you don’t, try shaving your cheeks clean of any baby hairs that might be on it. Removing that fuzz can sometimes be a huge help.

Styles We Like for 2015

We think these looks are awesome, not just for transgender guys, but for any dude. (Be sure to let us know in the comments if you’re rocking one of these styles or if you have another look to add!)

As trans guys, we have to navigate more obstacles than most when it comes to picking out clothes. With a few tips and tricks, the process can be made much easier.

How to pass as a male (for ftms)The main thing to pay attention to should be the way your clothing fits you; patterns are a close second. You want your clothes to flatter your body shape, using patterns to draw the eye to or away from areas, and fit to contour your form.

If you have little-to-no hips, are on the lean side, and average/tall height, you’re one of the lucky few that don’t need much advice and have the most versatile body type for modern menswear. The best tip is to wear clothes that hug your body while allowing room for movement, and are the right length for your height. The same advice goes for guys who don’t fit the norm, but it requires a bit more thinking. If that’s your body type, here’s what you can do.

Below the Belt

Many of us trans guys have broader hips than most pants are geared for. With the right cut, you can minimize the appearance of a larger waist, while maintaining a trim look throughout the leg.

Taper cut pants are a type of slim pant that are slightly looser in the thighs than in the calf. For guys with larger thighs, this provides room to move but a fit close enough to look like a regular slim fit. However, if you’re on the self conscious side and want to hide the shape of your legs, a slim fit or a slim-straight fit will likely be your best bet. With a straight cut pant, you run the risk of looking swamped out by the excess fabric.

Another tactic is sizing up in the waist, and sizing down in the cut. For example, if you’re a size 30 waist and you prefer a slim fit, but you find the waist or thighs too tight, try wearing a 31 or a 32 waist and instead going for a skinny fit. The great thing about mens pants is that the waist and length measurements are separate, and coupled with the fit, you can eventually find an option that is right for you by experimenting with all the possibilities.

Shirting

How to pass as a male (for ftms)For pre-op trans guys, hiding your chest under a shirt can be a struggle. Luckily, patterns can help you. When a pattern is highly symmetrical, changes in how the fabric lays are more noticeable. Meaning, when you wear a symmetrical pattern, it would highlight the curve of a binder or chest more-so than if you were to wear a less rigid pattern. When a pattern isn’t uniform, a slight bump due to a chest will be less noticeable as the pattern will camouflage it.

A common notion is that if you want to hide a lack of bulging biceps, wear baggier clothing. The truth? A properly fitting shirt can give toned arms to a guy who hasn’t picked up a weight in his life. You want a shirt thats snug through the arms and shoulders, and looser (not baggy) in the midsection.

For casual shirts, the hem should end around 2 inches below the waist of your pants, and for dress shirts it should be around the bottom of your butt. For more slender guys, stores like American Eagle, Forever 21, Express Men, and Zara offer shirts on the slimmer side. If you are very curvy and have a larger chest (and wallet), there are custom shirt companies that make tailored shirts for trans-masculine bodies. The most well known is Saint Harridan – clothing designed exclusively for trans* men and masculine women – with Kipper Clothiers and Bindle & Keep ranking closely. However, with trial and error, there will be a shirt out there that fits you properly.

Dressing for Your Height

How to pass as a male (for ftms)If you’re short, it’s surprisingly easy to look like the mature man you are, rather than the age usually associated with your height. Once again, the key is fit and pattern. Smaller, thinner, vertical patterns will likely fit you the best. Polka dots, gingham, and thin vertical stripes will be your friends. Rugby stripes will be your enemy. The pattern should be proportional to you, the smaller you are, the smaller the pattern. This will make you seem larger in comparison.

Avoid things that divide the visual flow – horizontal stripes, chunky shoes, and thick belts fall into this category. Suspenders are a stylish way to draw the eye up while holding your pants up. This visual streamline shouldn’t end at your feet. Avoid square toed shoes, and go for a pointed or rounded toe, like a desert boot, oxford, or wingtip shoe.

If your pants are too long, you can cuff them once or twice for a rugged look (I recommend this only for casual pants) or get them tailored. Pants that break several times at the ankle will make you shorter – you want to fill your pants, not be drowned in them.

There is no shame in buying clothes from the boy’s section. They fit a wider range of smaller bodies, and it’s cheaper too! I recently bought a boy’s large T shirt, although I usually wear a men’s small just fine (I’m 5’7-8). It’s probably one of the best fitting shirts I own, and it was only 5 dollars. No shame.

If you’re too tall for the regular selection of clothes, there is a “big and tall” section featured in most stores, and available at a variety of specialty shops. Avoid wearing clothes that are too baggy to compensate for your height, you can still find clothes that fit properly in the tall sections.

How to pass as a male (for ftms)

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Pants

Something as simple as the cut of your pants can make a huge difference in reducing or emphasizing your physical attributes.
Wear flat front pants to reduce the appearance of hips and thighs.
Mens dress pants may be pleated or flat front. Pleated pants will emphasize feminine curves and residual body fat on the hips and thighs. This is because pleated pants are cut to differentiate the torso from the hips on skinny and tall men. In contrast, flat front pants will straighten the figure and disguise the natural curve of your hips.
Pleated pants are a more classic option, whereas flat front pants are more modern. Stores that cater to younger buyers, such as Express, rarely carry pleated pants. Pleated pants were created to allow for more comfort in the seated position. Ralph Lauren usually features pleated pants with their suits and dress wear because they lean toward a more classic style. Calvin Klein usually features flat front pants with their suits because they lean toward a more modern style. Both are acceptable to wear with suits and business attire–it is simply a matter of preference.
Wear slacks with no cuffs to appear taller.
Cuffs are common on traditional mens slacks. They are the turned up portion of the pants that distinguishes between the shoe and the slacks. Cuffs can make a man appear shorter because they encroach upon the length of the pant legs. Thus, short men are better off going cuff-less so that they appear taller. Cuffs protect the bottom of your trousers from fraying or damage, and are helpful for growing teenage boys because they can be released as he grows. They are a more formal option for pants and are common on mens suits. However, tuxedos should never be worn with cuffs. Typically, cuffs should be worn only with pleated pants. It is ok to wear cuffs with flat front pants, but it is not the traditional style. If you do opt to wear cuffs, they should be sized correctly. Men under 5’10 should wear a 1 1/4″ cuff. Men over 5’10 should wear a 1 5/8″ cuff.
Do not wear pants that a tapered to the ankle.
Make sure that the jeans to do not clasp to your ankles because this will make you look very curvy (notice how women’s jeans tend to do this). For example, regular levi’s are cut smaller at the ankle.

Finding the Right Pant Size

If a pair of men’s pants is 30/32, then this means that the waist is 30 and the length is 32. A 30/30 is generally around a size 6 in women’s. This is probably common knowledge, but men don’t tend to wear their jeans very tight. Try finding a pair of jeans that aren’t skin tight, but that sit comfortably at your waistline. Also, pull pants down so that they rest about 2-3 inches down from the belly button-this will reduce the sight of curves slightly. Also, be sure to buy pants that fit–not too tight because it will show curve and not too baggy because it will also show curve. The idea is to become as straight as possible, rather than curvy. This is one of those areas that takes a lot of effort in order to pull it off well.
If you’re on a budget, consider purchasing basic clothing supplies at Wal-Mart. Some smaller guys may even be able to opt for clothes in the boys section. The men’s section at Wal-Mart has a decent selection of cargo pants and jeans.

Shirts

Button-down shirts can also be a problem because men’s shirts tend to be huge everywhere, especially in the shoulders. Once again, I recommend heading to the boys department. There is one big problem, long-sleeved boys shirts sleeves are often too short. Mail order catalogs can be an excellent resource, but in order to pull it off you will need to know your neck circumference and sleeve length. Most girls have a neck circumference of around 12-14 inches. The shirt sizes are __X__ which is nexk x sleeve. If you’re on a time limit and need a shirt immediately, go to the boys department and just role-up the sleeves. T-shirts are always safe and polo shirts are a blessing.

Mens dress shirts shrink just like women’s clothing, however long sleeve mens shirts can cause a real problem if they shrink too much. Make sure that there’s some extra length (the shirt sleeve should end where your thumb and hand connect) so that the sleeves won’t be too short when they shrink. Also, it is important to wash a mens shirt before having the sleeves tailored so that they don’t shrink after you have the shirt tailored.

Mens shirts that have a straight cut along the end are meant to wear untucked. Shirts that have a survey appearance along the bottom are intended to be tucked in.

Muscle Tees can be wonderful, but they tend to have very large holes for the arms. This can be a huge problem because a binder will show through. Regular tank-tops are ok.
Wintertime can be the best for early-stage FTMs because winter clothing hides everything. In fact, you don’t have to bind as tight if you’re going to be in a sweater. If it is fall or just a bit chilly out, pick up a hoody that is tighter than normal Academy sells them for very cheap, this way it doesn’t get too hot, and you don’t have to bind as tight.

Shoes

Shoes also tend to be a problem. Men’s shoes are much wider than girls. If your feet start to slip around in the shoe, go get a pair of doctor sholes pads that are too large for the shoe. Cut them down so that they fit lengthwise and stuff them in each shoe. You can even glue them down. This will help narrow the pair of shoes down on the insides so that they fit better. It may also be helpful to wear two pairs of socks.

Finding the Right Size

The key to successfully dress like a man is obviously to wear men’s clothing; there is a difference between men and women’s clothing. One of the biggest problems that FTMs find is that men’s clothing does not fit them.

Brands for smaller sized men

Calvin Klein
Levi’s
Kenneth Cole
Perry Ellis

Stores that carry merchandise for smaller sized men

American Eagle Outfitters
Express
Target
Wal-mart

The Nonchoices: Passing

  • FTM
  • MTF

“Passing” refers to whether someone is perceived as female, male, or another gender. Everyone passes, regardless of whether the person identifies as transgender or non-transgender. Many transgender people strongly oppose the presumption that all transgender people want to pass as either male or female. For many, gender identity and expression is not about conforming; these individuals consciously and intentionally present their gender in ways that do not conform to one of only two genders.

R amifications of N ot P assing

    • Violence
    • Ridicule
    • Questions
    • Rudeness

On the exam table—

    • All of the above, plus—
    • Refusal of provider to treat
    • Refusal of insurance to pay
    • Assumption of provider that all health problems are transgender related
    • Refusal of transgender individual to seek or accept health or personal care services

How a person is perceived by others is not always consistent. For example, it’s not uncommon for a transgender person in a department store to be called “ma’am” by one clerk and “sir” by another. People’s unconscious inability to categorize a person’s gender creates discomfort, which some shift onto the transgender person.

In general, but with numerous exceptions, FTMs pass as male more often than MTFs pass as female—when they are clothed. Undressed, FTMs are more vulnerable to abuse and discrimination because fewer of them have had genital surgery than MTFs (5 percent versus 20 percent, respectively). 24

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Not sure which is the best Underworks binder for FTMs? I don’t blame you.

Underworks’ has tons of chest binding options to choose from. Have no fear though, we are going to help you decide which Underworks binder is best for you.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Underworks, it’s one of the most popular places to buy binders. Underworks got their start as a company helping cis guys with gynecomastia. Today they make “shapewear” to help people of all genders.

Transguys often choose Underworks when buying their first binders. This is likely because Underworks binders are generally cheaper than other binder companies. They’re also pretty easy to find. There are lots of sites that sell Underworks, including Transguy Supply. This makes them an excellent choice for guys who are starting out in their transition.

Although Underworks has many different products, only some are suited for FTMs. For starters, each product has a different level of compression. Cis guys with gynecomastia often don’t need the same kind of extreme compression as trans guys.

We recently reached out to the company to ask which binders are the best for FTMs. They replied with some great options! Read on to find out which Underworks binder might be best for you.

Econo Series Chest Binder and Tank

How to pass as a male (for ftms)

Kicking it off is the Econo Top Binder which is named for its affordable price tag! This binder is made of 70% nylon, 30% spandex compression material. It also has a cotton layer on the interior for comfort.

The Econo Binder is offered in a tank top style as well if you’re looking for a full-length option. According to the manufacturer, this binder is made of “a single layer of compression fabric. It stretches very little but also has a softer cotton lining underneath. The back is made of a single layer of stretchier material.” This one may be a better option for those of you that are on a tight budget or have a smaller chest size.

The downside of this binder is the “single-layer” of compression on the front side of the binder. Underworks informed us that “the number of panels and type of fabric truly determine the power level.” While the Econo Binders will still give you great compression, they won’t last as long as other models.

Searching for something with more layers of compression? We got you. Let’s take a look at some more options.

Tri-Top Chest Binder

How to pass as a male (for ftms)

Wait. this binder looks the exact same as the first one you showed me? It may look that way but it’s not the case! Along with the $12 increase in price, this has TRIPLE the amount of compression thanks to the three layers of compacting material in the front. This binder is a better choice for those who have a bigger chest size.

The Tri-Top Binder’s superpower is also its greatest weakness. Because the compression is so good, it can be hard to break in. This can be particularly uncomfortable around the armholes, which sometimes chafe. However, if you have a bigger chest and want some major flattening, the tri-top is your guy.

Thinking about a tank top style instead of a crop top? Keep Reading.

Ultimate Chest Binder Tank

Thinking about going shirtless? If you’re concerned with passing, this option may be better than a binder that stops mid-stomach. With this binder going down to your waist, it provides peace of mind because many cis-guys rock only tank tops in the summer or wear them under their shirts while changing.

With no change in price from the Tri-Top binder, this one has “two layers of Powernet panels” across the front of the binder to help your chest look flatter.

Since this is a tank top, the company mentions that it can be a great option for tucking into your jeans or shorts to help give the sides of your torso a more flat shape as well. Tucking it in will maximize the shaping effects and keep the binder from riding up as well.

The Cotton Concealer Binder (Underworks 988 Binder)

How to pass as a male (for ftms)

Speaking of tank tops, the Cotton Concealer is one of our all-time favorite Underworks binders. If you want a tank-style binder with awesome compression, but don’t want your stomach to be compressed too, this is the binder for you.

It’s made from the same 70% nylon, 30% spandex that the Tri-Top Binder is made from, but with 2 layers instead of 3. The 3rd layer on this binder is made of a cotton/spandex blend. This makes this binder way softer than the other models on this list. In general, we think this is the most comfortable Underworks binder on the market.

The Cotton Concealer also has really thick, strong seams that will hold up for a long time. The thick seams do mean that it will show underneath your shirt, but to the average viewer, it will just look like a normal undershirt.

Our only negative feedback on this binder is that because this binder is made from cotton, it tends to be warmer than other models. In the Summer, this probably isn’t your best bet, but it’s our favorite cooler weather compression tank.

Extreme Magicotton Sports Binder

We tell folks over and over again not to exercise in your binder. And we really do mean it. You can seriously hurt yourself from binding while exercising. That said, this binder is actually MADE for wearing while exercising. It’s not nearly as compressive as the other guys on this list, but you can swap out your daily binder with this one whenever you hit the gym.

We’ve heard from numerous sources that this has awesome results and many trans guys swear by this binder. It’s made of 32% spandex and 22% nylon fibers wrapped in 46% real cotton for a very different feel than the other binder options mentioned above. They rave about its ability to minimize or eliminate the dreadful “bounce” when working out.

All in all, everybody is different and you should always do your research when trying to find which binder is best suited for your body. I hope this helped you narrow down some options when looking for the best Underworks binder for FTMs! Let us know which Underworks binders you’ve tried and your experiences with them in the comments below!

No matter which option you choose, you are amazing and I wish you nothing but happiness on your journey to your most authentic self.

Want to read more about Chest Binding? Our Chest Binding 101 article is the most comprehensive resource on the web.

The border between intersex (hermaphrodites) and transsexuals is very fluent. In fact it can be argued that both are two sides of the same phenomena: during the early devellopment of the fetus the body develloped in a nonstandard way, making it difficult for third persons to guess the gender of the baby after birth.

In the FTM case a child has mistakenly (if the psychological identity is used as defining standart) been labeled and assigned as female at birth.

During childhood, adolescence but usually only as an adult the FTM corrects this mistake and lives as a man.

This can be a disruptive process as parents, friends, employers are often relucutant to aceept that their perception of this person was incorrect. Usually after some time most people do adapt, also because it is easier to relate to a FTM as a man.

Hormones, surgery or a legal court order are usually nessesary to achive a complete recognition by society. Many countries, smore health organisations unfortunately still discriminate against FTMs, and intersex and transgendered people in general.

Many FTMs have started to explore ways which lead to a recognition without surgery, especially FTMs who pass as boys or young men without any medical intervention. Others have explored bi-gendered ways, bluring the border between the gay/lesbian and transgender population.

The abreviation FTM is derived from the medical term female to male (transgender, transsexual, etc.). As most FTMs have no serious medical disorders related to their condition, FTM and intersex people who match this statement should however rather seen as a part of the rich heritage of human diversity, which has produced differnt races, bodyshapes, and on a higher level ethinically diverse cultures.