There’s a fair arsenal of gear out there trans men can acquire to emphasize and de-emphasize parts of their bodies — STPs, packers, strap ons, binders, etc. Of course, there’s also supportive gear that comes along with all of that, such as harnesses. For some reason I had always been clear in my mind as to what portion of that arsenal I “needed”, what portion I “wanted”, and what I definitely did not need in order to make me feel comfortable.
I need a binder. I want to have a strap on handy. I don’t need an STP. And I don’t need a packer. All of this was very utilitarian in nature for me and designed to minimize what I had to do to perform on a daily basis.
So, what possessed me to go out of my way to go into Babeland and grab a packer?
The term “STP” was something I encountered very quickly as a young trans* person, and knowing me I just had to figure out what it meant (that’s right, go Ravenclaws!). An STP, or “Stand to pee” device, is the term used for any type of tool which enables the user to stand while peeing. Pretty self-explanatory. But these items take on a faintly different meaning when paired with the transgender community. And when combined with “Packing”, this can be quite the interesting and tricky experience. (For those who don’t know, packing means to simulate the appearance of male genitalia by wearing and/or placing a prosthesis in the appropriate place.)
Now that all those nasty definitions are out of the way, let’s take a closer look at both practices, shall we?
Inspired by the “RodeoH” harness, I wanted to make my own harness in the style of a pair of underwear. I figured it was just an o-ring sewn into a pair of pants, surely it was simple! I’ve been using this for playing and packing for the past month or so and it’s been pretty awesome. So here’s a step-by-step guide.
This is for hard packers and strap-ons, but I’m sure it could work with soft packers too.
OK SO I hang out on several sites (including Tumblr) where there’s a lot of FtM’s/transfolk. Especially in this poopy economy, we’re all short on cash right now. It BREAKS MY DARN HEART to see transfolk suffer mental breakdowns just because they can’t afford binders, packers, T, or whatever else they need to feel more at home in their bodies. I’ve been there, it’s awful, and I don’t want you to be there. So I’ve compiled links and a few other things to help you guys, PLEASE spread this around to anyone who you think would benefit from it, on or off of Tumblr.