Real Bras™? They’re not for trans women…

July 16, 2009

Transforms Black Lace Enhancer Bra - image from Xtra WestOn a slightly less surreal, but possibly more absurd note than the trainwreck that is VWHC’s trans exclusionary policy comes this report in the Vancouver (where else?) section of Xtra West (link here).

See, us trans women, we’re so speshul™ that we even get our own speshul™ underwear now.

So, assuming that you’ve been able to find a pharmacist who’s been willing to sell you your prescribed hormones, you may well find that sooner or later you’ll need to buy a bra. Isn’t nature wonderful? Now, I don’t know about anybody else, but I usually buy mine from the lingerie department of a certain well-known high street chain store. They’re nothing speshul™, nothing fancy, just plain ol’ common-or-garden everyday bras like a lot of women wear.

Mistake! Apparently, what I should have been doing, is buying bras that are “specifically designed for transitioning women”.

They will hold the girls in place while offering the right amount of support and comfort in a beautiful black lace package.

Don’t they look just like Real Bras™ that Real Women™ might wear in Real Life™? And you get to out yourself as trans when you go shopping for them!

Fantastic…

Now, if someone would be kind enough to write me a suitably sarcastic closing paragraph containing the words ‘trans misogynistic’ and ‘cissexist’, I’d be very grateful. I have this overwhelming urge to go and put a few more dents in my forehead…

10 Responses to “Real Bras™? They’re not for trans women…”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Speechless..unbelievable..ridiculous..that’s all i can say about that..

  2. Helen G Says:

    I’m already working on an idea for a range of clothes – just for trans women.

    They’ll be exactly like the clothes that Real Women™ wear, but – get this – they’ll be just for trans women!

    Inspired idea, no?

  3. queenemily Says:

    I want a pair of the autogynephile knickers…

  4. Helen G Says:

    They’d be a perfect match for a fetishistic frock.

  5. Stephanie Says:

    It’s a joke, surely? Isn’t it….?

  6. Helen G Says:

    Well it made me laugh…


  7. […] Real Bras? They’re not for trans women…: On a slightly less surreal, but possibly more absurd note than the trainwreck that is VWHC’s trans exclusionary policy comes this report in the Vancouver (where else?) section of Xtra West (link here). See, us trans women, we’re so speshul™ that we even get our own speshul™ underwear now. […]

  8. cheshire Says:

    Dude what, is their something I don’t know about bras that means that trans women couldn’t get bras designed for (maybe tall, maybe small chested) cis women?


  9. Well, a lot of transsexual women have chests that are atypical of natal female chests. It’s all those male hormones doing to bodies the things that male hormones do.

    As someone who can buy (and wear) bras from Vicky’s, I try not to get all snarky when someone notices that there are a lot of trans* women out there who can’t find a bra in their size (42A much?), or who have chests with the wrong curvature even if they can find a bra in their size.

    A lot of the trans women who NEED something designed just for a trans woman are the trans women who don’t have to worry about outing themselves when they shop for underwear — they probably outed themselves just walking into the store.

    So, perhaps a bit less passing privilege and a bit more empathy is in order. If you’re able to buy bras from any high end store without drawing “Oh my G-d! It’s a MAN!” stares, count yourself lucky.

  10. Helen G Says:

    I remain unconvinced that this is anything other than a cynical marketing ploy.


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