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No, I don't mind

When Halle and I last got together the woman serving us said:

"I can't wait to get home and take off my bra you know what I mean ladies?"

Arguably the statement wasn't the most elegant thing to say to perfect strangers but it made me reflect.

The thing is I don't mind wearing a bra because it is one more reminder that I am trans. Feeling my breast forms pressed up against my skin and cupped within the confines of my bra makes me comfortable and is another piece which contributes towards soothing my gender dysphoria.

There are days when the combination of the feel of my bra and forms, the pull of my dangly earrings and the feel of my feet in heels is a powerful combination which feeds my soul. I used to think this was me fooling myself until I finally admitted that my identity is being affirmed through these accoutrements. They are like badges that allow me to be addressed and treated in the manner I want; like a woman.

The gender identity of cis people is fed in much the same manner and while not everyone is comfortable with the extreme archetypes of masculinity or femininity, most people choose elements of either which tells society what gender identity they are performing, breathing and resonating.

While admittedly a bra has a pragmatic purpose, it is nevertheless a powerful symbol of womanhood. I have worn some that are less well fitting than others and I have learned through trial and error how to choose one I can wear all day if need be.

So no, I dont mind at all.

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  1. I was just musing last night actually on how matter-of-factly I now accept reaching behind, unclipping my bra and pulling the straps down my arms so I can get some relief without having to take my blouse off - heaven!

    When I read "the feel of my bra and forms, the pull of my dangly earrings and the feel of my feet in heels is a powerful combination which feeds my soul." it brings back memories that have faded to the point where, well, I need to be reminded. I don't want to ever forget or dismiss the feelings that drove me to take drastic action.

    Your time may come Joanna! Life is an adventure, so experience and remember it all.

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  2. "...a powerful combination which feeds my soul."

    So very much that. A moment in time where we're somehow refreshed.

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