*Yes, I borrowed the title of this blog from Friends. If you have never seen the show.. my apologizes. Either way, it won’t affect your ability to read this blog. 🙂
Last week I stood in the men’s underwear section of Target for approximately 23.4 minutes of my life. That is 23.4 minutes I will never get back, but I can now tell you exactly how the fly is sewn in every brand of men’s boxer briefs that Target sells. I’m fairly certain by the time I left, the two women monitoring the dressing rooms, which happen to be located in the men’s underwear section, were talking behind my back, convinced I have some type of fetish with men’s underwear. I mean why else would I examine the crotch area of every style, of every brand?? I strategically opened the multipacks, slow and gentle, careful not to tear the plastic. Unrolling, examining, re-rolling exactly as I found it and replacing the pair back in the package with its partners. I sent Laine a text message about this experience and wrote #transmanswife because no one else in their right mind would be doing this!!!
I however was on a mission. Laine found a Youtube video that explained how to create a packer pouch (A “packer pouch” being fabric to hold a prosthetic, life like penis in place without allowing the silicone material to rub against skin and cause irritation) by cutting open the double layers of the already existing fly, instead of wearing a separate jock strap, etc. Problem is the underwear in the Youtube video was a pair of 1980s tighty whities and manufacturers do not sew boxer brief package pouches the same as they used to. So I had to come up with a new plan. In order to do so, I had to examine every brand of underwear. By the way, Jockey cuts their fly horizontally on the inside, and this seems a bit of a nuisance to me, but I don’t have the parts necessary to test it out, so maybe the up, over, around method isn’t as bad as it sounds in my head.
I settled on a pack of Hanes, in shades of blue, his favorite color. Hanes boxer briefs have a double layer in the fly, both the inner and outer layer opening on opposite sides. The solution was simple and not rocket science. Sew one side (outer) of the opening shut, so it creates a pouch that only opens on the inside of the boxers. This creates a natural pouch for the packer to be placed into and allows it to sit very naturally in position, keeping a single layer of material between the silicone and skin. The June Cleaver in me dug my sewing machine out of the closet and within 30 minutes had all the flies sewn shut from the outside. This plan worked exactly as I had hoped for.
Laine has dabbled in the packing space. Months ago he originally ordered a 3 in 1 piece, Pack, Pee and Play. (If you follow this blog you probably read about the Peacock.) Fact is, the Peacock isn’t ideal for peeing (I mean it works, but it is such a process to make sure it is lined up correctly, your flow isn’t too fast or else you overflow down your leg, he just never got into it.) It’s a bit large for packing (even without the rod inserted it still is quite large in “flaccid” state of being making it difficult to keep adjusted properly in his jeans.) For playing his Peacock gets 2 thumbs up, but this is a blog about packing, not playing, so I won’t elaborate on this topic. 😉
After his surgery in March, Laine decided he wanted a true packer to wear daily. So, we got online and ordered one after comparing options. (props to Reelmagik by the way, they make a great product and shipping was fast!!) After a day or two of wearing his new packer, Laine decided we needed to look into the pouch to keep the prosthetic in place better and away from his skin. Fast forward and I am standing in Target, examining men’s underwear, assumed to have an underwear fetish.
Some of you may be asking, why silicone??? Why not play in the surgical space down there??? We have talked about it. We have researched it. We have sat through presentations about it. Laine just isn’t willing to go there. And that is ok. For every trans guy it is a personal preference. Some don’t feel complete until they do go there. Some can’t afford to go there (approximately $100,000.) Some just don’t want to go there. Laine falls in that space between “it isn’t a necessity,” “there are still so many risks associated with it” and “age does make a difference when it comes to healing.” After his surgery in March, he was reminded he isn’t 20 anymore. Healing is a process for the body and age does make that process slow down and take a bit longer. The risks involved aren’t ones he is willing to take. The process for FTM isn’t nearly as perfected as the procedure for MTF. There is a high risk of fissures in the urethra, and although no one wants to leak for the rest of their lives, many are ok with that risk, but Laine isn’t one of them. The process also involves large areas of skin grafts, which means risk of infection and a lot of time needed to heal the grafted area. Laine is more than ok leaving that area below the belt alone and having the option to put it in the drawer. Top surgery next month (yes, NEXT month!!!! It’s finally almost here!) will be his final gender related surgery that he currently has any plans for. Granted, things could change I guess, life always throws in surprises, but at the moment I write this, this is how things stand.