You may be unfamiliar with some of the words used on our website either because you have never heard of them before or they are unique to Rebirth Garments! Below is an explanation of some of the terms we use. 

  • Queer: a politicized umbrella term for people LGBTIQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Questioning) spectrum people. It can also be a social/political/cultural standing, so you can identify as both straight and cis and still be queer minded.
  • Crip: Short for cripple. A politicized umbrella term for people with physical, and/or mental disabilities/disorders. Much like you can “come out” as queer, you can also “come out” as crip. Even if you have an obvious/visible disability, you may not identify as crip, just like gay or lesbian people may not identify as queer.
  • QueerCrip: A term coined by theorist Carrie Sandahl. A politicized umbrella term that encompasses queer, gender nonconforming identities, visible and invisible disabilities/disorders—physical, mental, developmental, emotional, etc.
  • Radical Visibility: A term coined by SAIC professor Romi Crawford to describe Sky Cubacub's aesthetic. A movement based on claiming our bodies and, through the use of bright colors, exuberant fabrics, and innovative designs, highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns.
  • Rebirth: Sky had a Rebirthing ceremony on May 21st, 2013 in order to shed the anxieties of the past and embrace the future. Now they celebrate their Rebirthday every year and founded the Rebirth Gallery and Rebirth Garments in celebration of it! 
  • Trans: Someone who identifies as a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth. 
  • Non-Binary/Gender Queer: A person who does not believe in the gender binary but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.
  • Gender Fluid: Someone who feels that their gender fluctuates on a moment to moment basis. 
  • Intersex: People who have anatomy or chromosomes that doesn’t fit into doctor’s definitions of the female and male binary.
  • Cis (Cisgender): Someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. It is important to note that we say "assigned" rather than “biological” intentionally because there is not a correct biological basis for a person's gender or gender identity. 
  • Gender Binary: The myth of gender as categorized into one of two fully distinct identities as male or female. We maintain that there are many ways to embrace gender identity. 
  • POC: An acronym for Person of Color. 
  • Prosthetic: An artificial body part or implant. It may be visible and apparent or it may be invisible or internal. 
  • Chainmaille: A medium that involves weaving together thousands of small metal rings with pliers. Each ring is open and closed by hand. 
  • Scalemaille: A kind of Chainmaille where flat metal plates overlap and make scales like those of a fish.  
  • Spandex: A synthetic extremely stretchy fabric. Powernet: A strong stretchy mesh that can be used for compression in garments. Sheer Mesh: A soft, see-through mesh that can be used for sheer garments. Vinyl: A stiff, strong plastic material. 
  • Binder: A tight fitting garment meant for compressing the body. Usually used to minimize the prominence of breasts in people who would like to look more androgynous.
  • Packer: A prosthetic that can be worn in a pocket in underwear or pants that creates a bulge. 
  • Tucking Garment: A garment that can be used to flatten and compress outie bits. 

 

Photograph: Grace Duval