Apologies if this is old news to many of you, but if you’re mtf and haven’t heard of Chrysalis, you should, because Chrysalis is a lingerie line for trans women.
“Speaking from personal experience,” said Cy Lauz, founder of Chrysalis Lingerie, “I found no products that specifically cater to transgender women. There are some things for cross-dressers and drag queens, but they’re all sexually exploitative.
“I wanted a product that actually celebrated who we are, something that made us feel beautiful but is also practical.”
Their panties are designed to aid tucking, and bras feature pockets to hold inserts.
All in all, I feel this is something to get really excited about. The simple design (though a couture range is apparently also in the works) balances out a market that—as pointed out by Cy—seems to cater primarily to the interests of drag queens, and products which are consequently highly sexualised.
By contrast, Chrysalis offers practical solutions to the everyday issues faced by trans women, while focusing on our beauty as real people. The name serves as a metaphor for the process of transition.
The company apparently ran into some difficulties with customs, delaying their initial launch schedule, but is now expecting to start selling their basic line this Spring. Products will be available through their online store.
Adrienne Rich, called by the New York Times “a poet of towering reputation and towering rage”, died on Tuesday at the age of 82. An extraordinarily passionate and respected poet and political figure with a voice that spoke often and loudly against the oppression of women — she will be remembered.
I am here, the mermaid whose dark hair
streams black, the merman in his armored body
We circle silently about the wreck
we dive into the hold….
We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to the scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
our names do not appear.
She was also hugely transphobic and especially transmisogynist (hatred of transwomen).