Why do people wear chest binders?
A chest binder is a compression top that is worn to flatten chest tissue. People of many gender expressions wear binders including cis women. For most people binding is used to create a more "masculine" silhouette.
Chest binders are non-surgical and minimally invasive. For AFAB (assigned female at birth) people who experience chest dysphoria, binders can provide immediate relief. Some people don’t experience dysphoria but may like the way they look with a binder.
Throughout history, there have been examples of many different gender expressions. These date as far back as Ancient Egypt. In the 1920s when Flapper style was fashionable, women would wear binder-like corsets to fit the slim straight dresses.
Today people wear binders to perform as drag kings, to cosplay, to go to school, to fit a suit at a wedding, to work in every industry. We have come a long way with binder technology since the twenties.