“youre so lucky that you can draw”
yyeah it was all luck and not at all grueling and emotionally exhausting practice kind of like how olympians are lucky that theyre so good at sports
✧˖ °✧˖ °Ddualscar’s Summer Giveaway✧˖ °✧˖ ° ❤
Hello, so this is my first giveaway! I’m working this summer so I have a job to be able to pay for this, so I’m hoping you guys like this!
♔ 50$ to spend on cosplay! This includes clothing, accessories, wigs, and/or lenses! I found all the items shown above for less than 50 dollars!
♔ Runner-up prize: an alpaca plush!
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♔ Ends on August 31, 2014
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♔ This giveaway will only happen if this post reaches 500 notes.
♔ If I reach 1000 followers I will add another runner-up prize!
♔ Giveaway is worldwide, but you must be comfortable giving me your address and name so I can have the packages shipped to you! This info will be kept strictly confidential.
♔ No giveaway blogs or inactive side blogs. Active side blogs are a-ok though!
♔ If you win, please respond to the message I send you within 48 hours, or I will choose another winner using a random number generator.
Alright, thank you so much, and I hope you have a lovely day!
If you’ve been looking to bind, whether you’re transgender, non-binary, or a cosplayer, you’ve probably come across binders like these on Ebay, Amazon, or AliExpress. Usually they’re called E.V.A, SHO, Whatwears, or Ancient Fish King brands, all of which are apparently, interchangeable with each other. Ross is here to tell you that these chest binders are not much of a step up from ace bandages, which in case you hadn’t known already, are the worst thing you can do to bind your chest. So here’s the run down, from least bad to worst.
First off, the sellers are usually misinformed about why someone would use a chest binder is needed just from how they title them. Why would Lesbians want a chest binder (outside of cosplay?)? I don’t know, but most of these listings have lesbian in the name, suggesting that chest binders are for girls, not men or nonbinary. This right there should be a warning sign of a company that doesn’t know what they are doing.
The strapless binders’ model is wearing the wrong size for their chest. Their breast is popping out over the top of the binder, and I can personally say that with that binder, it is very, very, painful if you have a larger chest. After about 20 minutes, bruising and chaffing will occur, especially to those with larger chests or are heavier. In the worst case scenario, the breast will rip or pop as if it were cut with a knife.
Look at the materials used. These chest binders do not have any or enough stretchy material in them. Elastic or spandex is the best. On the ones that do have spandex, they don’t mention how much there is in the binder. This is an enormous, bright, flashing sign that the binder is NOT safe. Just how bad is it? Ace bandages likely have more elastic than these binders do, and the ace bandages can still kill you if they don’t maim you. A binder is supposed to stretch, be easily manipulated, and you must be able to take a full breath in them. I’ve bought and used two different types binders from Ebay not knowing any better, and I could barely take a breath at all. I did get larger and larger sizes, and with the same result. Putting it simply, their binders could be falling off of you because they are too big and still would not be safe.
Now I can’t show you in a picture about the next part, but what’s probably the worst about these binders is that their ‘binding’ material goes all the way around the binder. Your binder should NOT have this unless it is made to correct back posture. Sports bras can, but that is better for again, correcting back posture. So not only will you be binding your chest, but you’ll be binding your ribs, back, and shoulders as well. This can warp them and damage the tissue.
So what does a good binder look like? I’m going to use the binder I’ve had the best experience with as an example. The Ultimate Chest Binder Tank by underworks. I’ve bought two of these as I’ve needed them, I wore out my old one after a year and a half of use daily including at work.
So, straight off from the site, we know this seller is knowledgeable about their target audience. Chest binders are under the men’s section and you never see the word lesbian on any of them. The only thing marked for women under the chest binder section is a sports bra, put there because transgender men often use them for working out.
The information section on the binder isn’t just two or three lines, it’s a whole paragraph. What is this binder made of? Medical grade 70% nylon and 30% spandex knit. It says it right there and is readily available information, you don’t have to dig through the seller’s ads for cheap wholesale jewelry in the description to find it. The listing also tells us how much of each material is used, information you must have when buying a chest binder. My personal rule of thumb? If it’s under 20% spandex or elastic, it’s trash. Our listing also tells us how to put the binder on, rather than making you struggle to figure it out on your own. Size chart and customer reviews are readily available on the listing and not buried under ads for other unrelated merchandise.
Also from looking at the binder’s pictures, the front and back of the binder is made differently; the front is thicker and non transparent while the back can bee seen through a bit and is thin in comparison. This is because the front of the binder is made to compress and bind the chest and the back of the binder is not. All the binding is in the front, support in the back.
Please, know the difference between an unsafe binder and a safe one. Save your money and avoid ones found on ebay. Can’t afford a binder still? There are programs for people who cannot buy one on their own or it is unsafe for them to buy one. One such I know of is the In a Bind program, they have fantastic service if a bit slow delivery time. Remember, this program is only for transgender men and nonbinary, cosplayers will have to go elsewhere or outright buy a binder.
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i’m sorry i don’t usually comment on posts but i keep trying to tell people this over and over again and a lot of the time nobody listens (hopefully they will now because this is an excellently constructed post)
an ebay binder pushed in one of my ribs and i barely wore it for any time at all (just less than an hour for convenience in my own backyard) because i knew it was bad but it seriously injured me that quickly.
the biggest problem is most people who give these things positive reviews have NEVER HAD A SAFE, PROPER BINDER BEFORE. therefore those positive reviews cannot be trusted! they don’t know how an actual binder is supposed to feel.
this is why i urge people not to include cheap ebay binders in their giveaways, especially. it’s not a game and it doesn’t matter how “safe” you are when using them or how well you advise people- they are NOT SAFE.
don’t harm people by trying to make it seem like it’s okay just because you want a couple more followers or to give something away because it’s cheap.
…. I created a demon representing seasickness, hence her name, Nauseo, which i believe is “sea sick” in latin. Her hair is made of souls that she collects by using the amulet on her chest, making the souls take shape of fishes. When she died and became attached to a Host, she lost all of her hair, becoming bald, embarassed and enraged….
Congrats to im-bravo our winner!!!
I thought this siren-esque creation was stunning. The design is really well thought out, really menacing and alien-like. The host and their portal are adorable and really fit the Ava’s Demon world. I also thought the shark shirt and fish bones were a charming touch and the overall artistic execution was utterly spectacular!! Congrats!!!
Both of these were absolutely gorgeous works of art and writing and I felt I should mention them specially for their creativity. It was a really tough decision and in the end I had to choose one among the three!
Thanks again to everyone who participated!! Choosing was really really tough, I had to narrow it down to one out of over 150 applicants. You all made some stunning pieces and not one went under appreciated!! This is a hugely talented, creative fandom and I hope you’re all looking forward to the next contest!!
- Movie theater worker: *Upon seeing my smeared mascara* Just come out of The Fault In Our Stars?
- Me: No
- Me: How to Train Your Dragon 2
I’m scared to come out as bi to my family in case they say it’s fake or I’m just confused so id love to have some people who agree with me so I can prove it