The Trans Consumer


Soft Pack (Mini) from Babeland
December 22, 2010, 11:58 am
Filed under: 4/5, featured, medium, packers, text, things | Tags: , , ,

theCircle has been a Babeland affiliate for months now mainly because we love that they provide good, inexpensive packers. We work with economically underprivileged persons, so having this resource is incredibly beneficial to our community. We thank them for that.

The cheapest packer Babeland provides is the Soft Pack. This packy comes in five different sizes: mini (3.5 inches/8.89 centimeters), small (4.5”/11.43 cm), medium (5.75”/14.61 cm), large (7”/17.78 cm). The larger the size, the higher the price. For this reason, we decided to review the mini Soft Pack.

The first thing you will notice when you pull this packy out of the box is that the shaft does not lie against the scrotum. Instead, it pokes straight out. When wearing slacks, jeans, or other relatively stiff pants, there is nothing to worry about. People on the street will not stare at your crotch in a negative way (wink wink). However, when wearing this packy with soft materials such as gym shorts, you should certainly where it under a pair of briefs to hold the shaft down. Otherwise, you might make innocent bystanders feel violated. If you don’t like briefs, you can always get the next size up. The shaft is longer, so it falls over the scrotum thanks to the added weight.

This specific packer is produced by Mango which no longer produces shades for persons darker complexions. This is not the fault of Babeland, but it is unfortunate that there is not an equally inexpensive packer for us persons of color.

There are wonderful things about this product. The first thing, as stated earlier, the price is one of the lowest on the market. This has an incredibly positive impact on our community making it more possible for trans* persons of lower incomes to reach a happy place in their transitions. This outweighs just about anything relatively negative about the product by far.

The design is very detailed. This along with the texture give you a pretty realistic cock. If you wanted to turn the Soft Pack into an STP, it would most certainly “pass” in the men’s room. The bulge it provides is also very natural (except in gym shorts) and is the perfect size. You don’t find people staring at your crotch, but the bulge isn’t practically invisible either.

The Soft Pack is easy to clean. All you need is water and soap. Conversely, it gets pretty sticky when you wear it. To avoid this, you can apply some cornstarch to it and store it in a cool, dry place. The back of the balls are slightly convex (it curves away from your body a tiny bit) making it so it fits comfortably against you and makes it so you don’t necessarily need a harness to wear it.

All in all, the Soft Pack is an awesome product that definitely needs to come in more colors. We give it a 4 out 5 rating.

 

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Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (review on testosterone)
September 24, 2010, 10:44 pm
Filed under: 4/5, los angeles, places, rating, text | Tags: , , , ,

The LA Gay and Lesbian Center is where I’m getting my T. They do others things as well though.

Pros:

  • Set up appointments via email
  • File paperwork via fax/scanning
  • You don’t have to be from the area to get testosterone
  • The experience as a whole was extremely trans-friendly with the exception of the phlebotomist. The file they have is under my preferred name despite me not legally changing it yet.
  • They accept PPO insurance and have a sliding scale if you don’t have insurance or if they don’t accept yours.

Cons:

  • Literally, they have one doctor that administers the T, and she lives in San Francisco.
  • I had to wait 6 months for my first appointment
  • It seems a bit unorganized. I was told not to eat for a while before my appointment, and the secretary said they stopped telling patients that since some had passed out in the passed. This is indeed a way to scare a patient during his first appointment.
  • It’s still pretty expensive with the sliding scale. $165 for the first visit and $100 for the second (the second appointment, by the way, comes much sooner than the first).

Overall, I give it a 4/5. The trans-affirming environment outweighs the cons, especially if you have never experienced it before.

Note: You do NOT need a letter from a therapist for this location.



Underworks’ Double Front Compression 997
September 24, 2010, 10:36 pm
Filed under: 4/5, binders, rating, text, things | Tags: , , ,

When I wore a bra, I was a 36 C, and the 997 does the trick of tucking those C’s away. It was certainly difficult to get on for the first time. After I got used to it, it became relatively comfortable to wear. It rolls up at my hips and sometimes causes bruising, and if I wear for an entire day, it causes my lower back to hurt a bit due to it making me slouch. For comfort, I give it a 3/5. For effectiveness, I give it a 4/5. It was given to me as a gift, so the price of the product didn’t effect me at all. However, it was given to me since I couldn’t afford it. While Underworks is on the cheaper side when it comes to the market, it’s still pretty expensive.

Overall, I needed a binder to give me a male-contoured chest until I can afford surgery, and this binder does it. So, all in all, I rate it a 4/5.



STP-Fitz STP Packer with nipple
September 24, 2010, 10:26 pm
Filed under: 4/5, rating, stp packer, things, video | Tags: , , , ,

Noah’s review of the STP Packer made by STP-Fitz. When asked, Noah gave the packer a 4/5 rating.