Urbody uses a multidisciplinary, health-informed framework for understanding gender, enacting social change, and creating queer & trans-oriented underwear and activewear that facilitates a positive relationship with your body, self-expression, and identity.
Gender Health is based on an individual’s opportunity to live and present as their fullest gender self, with freedom from restriction, harassment, or rejection.
Gender health extends beyond gender dysphoria and accounts for the socio-cultural factors that inform self-understanding, physical and emotional wellbeing, body image, and identity development over the life span.
Gender health includes:
- personal identity
- relationship with body
- social support & community connectedness
- interpersonal interactions
- external assumptions
- cultural context
- social expectations & gender norms
Gender dysphoria describes challenging feelings or distress people experience in relation to their gender or assigned sex.
The medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria refers to psychological distress that results from an incongruence between a person’s sex assigned at birth and gender identity (American Psychiatric Association).
The term gender dysphoria can also be used in relation to interactions, social assumptions or expectations, physical traits, or bodily feelings that are non-affirming or cause gender-related distress and discomfort.
Body Dysphoria: a type of gender dysphoria that manifests as distress or discomfort with aspects of the body or one’s physical appearance. This can include anatomy, endogenous hormones, body shape, size, secondary sex characteristics, or reproductive structures (among other things).
Social dysphoria: A type of gender dysphoria that manifests as distress and discomfort that results from the way society or other people perceive, label, refer to, or interact with someone’s gender, physical appearance, or body.
Not everyone who identifies as transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming experiences gender dysphoria, but many people who identify with these gender identities do experience some type of distress of discomfort related to gender.
Wearing undergarments or clothing that do not adequately express who you are or fit your body can contribute to gender dysphoria, body image struggles, and mental health issues.
Gender euphoria is a term used to describe a moment or series of moments when someone feels positively about one or many aspects of their gender.
Body euphoria is a term used to describe a moment or series of moments when someone feels positively about one or many aspects of their body.
Shopping at brands that affirm your gender by offering garments that fit your body can be an effective way to manage gender dysphoria and create more moments of gender euphoria!
Gender Freedom is the right to be, become, and express the gender that you are.
Trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks have the power to teach us about the constraints of traditional gender and body norms and redefine the future of gender through the lens of freedom.
Each of us deserves the right to live without fear of stigmatization, discrimination, and violence against the genders that we are.