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Can someone explain to me what cisgender is because I’m not sure if I understand it completely and I’ve been seeing it around a lot.
"Cisgender" and "Cissexual" are terms used to define persons whose physical sex (sexual organs) match their gender identity and vice versa.
So, if I am a a person of the male sex and I consider myself to be a man, then I am Cisgender/sexual.
If, however, I am a person of the female sex and I consider myself to be a man and/or wish to alter my genitals to match this gender identity, I am Transgender/sexual.
What is the origin of the phrase “cis”?
I mean, there are no discernible root words, and it describes something that was previously taken for granted, thus there was no need for that word.
I’m just curious.
"Cisgender" or "Cissexual" finds its root in the Latin "Cis" which means "to/this the near side". "Cis" is also the antonym of the "Trans". So, basically, "Cisgender/sexual" means "This side of Gender/Sex".
The fact that something was previously taken for grated does not negate the current need for a term to define something. In this case, not having a term for that sexual identity implies that it is “normal” which in turn implies that “Trans” people are “abnormal” which can lead to interpretations such as “weird” and/or “bad”. Having names for both things shows that they are equal but not the same.
I’m not heterophobic or anything but, Im so tired of seeing straight cis people rubbing it in my face all the time! I mean I get it, your sex at birth matches your gender, that doesn’t mean you have to parade around town! Also a man and a woman together!? In public! Just gross! Please stop! But I’m not heterophoic!
WAIT…SO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME…Gender is something that isn’t related to genetics?! I NEVER WOULD HAVE FUCKING KNOWN…thank you for showing me the light guys. Srsly. Thank you so much.
Take some science classes if you’re going to try to insult someone who knows their shit.
I believe you have missed the point, phosphenevision.
"Sex" refers to the sexual organs assigned during pregnancy (where those lovely Punnett squares come in), or created during gender-affirmation surgery. These can be Male, Female, or Intersex.
"Gender" refers to the identity and traits assigned to a certain sex by a social group. Gender (as opposed to "Sex") varies throughout the world and has varied throughout history.
While sex is decided by biology, Gender is decided by a society or by an individual if their needs aren’t met by the gender constructs of their society.
In other words, we’re not talking about our privates, we’re talking about our identities.
Historical Profiles - Madame D’Éon de Beaumont
Born Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont, the Chevalier d’Eon was born on October 5th, 1728. D’Eon had an illustrious career as a diplomat, spy, and censor under Louis XV’s reign.
After an ambassador, the Court of Guerchy, demoted her in rank and attempted to drug her in 1763, d’Éon published most of the secret diplomatic correspondence about her recall under the title Lettres, mémoires, et négociations in 1764, disavowing Guerchy and calling him unfit for his job.
This breach of diplomatic secret was scandalous to the point of being unheard of, but d’Éon had not yet published everything - she kept the King’s secret invasion documents and those relative to the Secret du Roi as “insurance” - and the French government became very cautious in its dealings with d’Éon, even when d’Éon sued Guerchy for attempted murder. With the invasion documents in hand, d’Éon held the king in check.
In 1766, Louis XV granted her a pension for her services (or as a pay-off for silence) and gave her a 12,000-livre annuity. D’Éon continued to work as a spy, but lived in political exile in London. Her possession of the king’s secret letters protected her against further actions, but d’Éon could not return to France.
D’Éon claimed to be physically not a man, but a woman, and demanded recognition by the government as such. King Louis XVI and his court complied, but demanded that d’Éon dress appropriately and wear women’s clothing.
D’Éon participated in fencing tournaments until she was seriously wounded in 1796. Her last years were spent with a widow, Mrs. Cole.