"cisgender" and "cissexual"

eri86 eri86
I wasn't sure where exactly to post this.

But I came across the term 'cisgender' for the first time here when I clicked onto a new webcomic.

I looked up the word, and found "cisgender" and "cissexual" describe related types of gender identity where an individual's self-perception of their gender matches the sex they were assigned at birth.

I had to read it a couple of times before I made sense of it.

With so many terms out there these days I'm finding it more confusing that illuminating.

I think I'll just stick to calling myself a woman. Plain and simple
06/05/2013
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bratcat bratcat
We'll this term is actually a rather important one, i feel, as there are those who fall outside of the gener-binary who may be intersex, trans*, gender-fluid, ect.
The term itself is rather simple with a simple concept: you may be a woman, just like any person who self-identifies as a woman, but if you are FAAB(1) and identify as a women, then you would be cisgendered; unlike those who are MAAB(2) and identify as a women, who would ten be considered trans*women. The term imply the explicit privileges that come with being someone who does not experience gender dysphoria, and often scrutinized and mocked by society.
yes there are many terms that often refer to ones sexuality, however there are very few accepted terms for one's gender and they are often binary terms which erases the existence of trans*, intersex, and gender-fluid individuals, who fall outside of that binary of fe/male.

1&2 FAAB or AFAB is a acronym for Female Assigned at Birth (or Assigned Female at Birth), where MAAB or AMAB stands for Male Assigned at Birth (or Assigned Male at Birth)

I hope this information helps to better understand the meaning of the term and it's importance in breaking down gender-stereotypes/hie rarchy/binary and how these terms help to create safer space for non-binary folk.
06/05/2013
sunflower sunflower
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Originally posted by eri86
I wasn't sure where exactly to post this.

But I came across the term 'cisgender' for the first time here when I clicked onto a new webcomic.

I looked up the word, and found "cisgender" and "cissexual" ... More
Cisgender is just "I feel mentally like I'm the same gender as what's in my pants."
It is much more polite, politically correct, and inclusive to refer to non-trans* people as cisgender than saying "normal gender" like some people do. It can hurt peoples feelings if you say that.

I hope that makes sense.
06/05/2013
evanescentowl evanescentowl
Quote:
Originally posted by eri86
I wasn't sure where exactly to post this.

But I came across the term 'cisgender' for the first time here when I clicked onto a new webcomic.

I looked up the word, and found "cisgender" and "cissexual" ... More
I rather like the fact we have terms like cisgender and cissexual. It helps get rid of the stigma and "otherness" of identifying outside the straight/hetero-normat ive box.

Think of it like a lexical gap. We have the word for virgin, but we don't have a word for someone that isn't a virgin.
06/05/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
Quote:
Originally posted by eri86
I wasn't sure where exactly to post this.

But I came across the term 'cisgender' for the first time here when I clicked onto a new webcomic.

I looked up the word, and found "cisgender" and "cissexual" ... More
I'm with you on that. I found it very confusing and heard it somewhere here first. Seems to just cloud the issue. No offense to anyone. Personally, I don't discriminate or belittle anyone's sexual preference or identity, so if someone told me they were Trans, martian or whatever it would be no different than saying I am female and Italian.
06/05/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I don't see how it can be considered an unnecessary or confusing term. Saying that cisgender doesn't need a label is a prime example of cisgender privilege.
06/05/2013
Ciao. Ciao.
Glad you checked out "Oh Joy, Sex Toy"

You are free to use whatever terms you want for yourself.

Cisgendered is just a useful concept to be familiar with when dealing with the trans and queer communities. It helps with being able to discuss gender identity in a meaningful and respectful manner.
06/05/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
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Originally posted by bratcat
We'll this term is actually a rather important one, i feel, as there are those who fall outside of the gener-binary who may be intersex, trans*, gender-fluid, ect.
The term itself is rather simple with a simple concept: you may be a woman, ... More
I came here to explain this, but you wrote it so well. So, kudos to you!
06/06/2013
bratcat bratcat
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Originally posted by KinkyKatieJames
I came here to explain this, but you wrote it so well. So, kudos to you!
Thanks for this. i realized the next day just how poorly wirrten it was with the missing letters and spelling and grammar, but i'm glad it made sense!
I've noticed a lot of people see the term "cisgender" and assume it refers to ones sexual orientation, but thats simply not the case. You can be Cis and be queer, straight, asexual, etc. With non-binary and trans*folk also have their own sexual identity (queer, straight, asexual, etc) and the former - non-binary, trans*, gender-fluid, intersex - just referes to their gender identity. It's good for everyone to understand that being trans* is not a sexual orientation but a gender identifier, and to separate gender identities from ones sexual orientation.
06/06/2013
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