I have been writing a lot lately about the trans express, or maybe it’s a bulldozer. It seems that a new lexicon has been thrust on us with astounding rapidity and emotion: misgendering, cisgender, deadnaming, trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF), gender dysphoria. The following definitions were taken from Trans students educational resources. My comments are underlined. But know this: VOCABULARY IS THE PRE-EMPTIVE “FIRST Strike” WEAPON IN A WAR OF WORLDVIEWS! The LGBTQ/Whatever activist corps is not satisfied with mere acceptance. The end game is applause and total accommodation.
Sex Assigned At Birth: The assignment and classification of people as male, female, intersex, or another sex assigned at birth often based on physical anatomy at birth and/or karyotyping. Is sex “assigned”? If so, by whom? The operant principle behind this contention is that your sex is not only arbitrary, but foisted on you by whomever supposedly does the assigning. What about cause-effect? Your cells normally have either XX or XY chromosomes; they determine your physical anatomy, hormones and brain chemistry. Who, then, assigned your chromosomes?
Gender Identity: One’s internal sense of being male, female, neither of these, both, or other gender(s). Everyone has a gender identity, including you. For transgender people, their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity are not necessarily the same. Internal sense? If you have been born a certain sex, and that’s all you know, how can you have a “sense”of something you have no experience of? The tipoff that this is utter confusion is “neither of these or ‘other genders’.” What other genders? A true hermaphrodite, someone born with sexual apparatus of both sexes, may have both female chromosomes, XX, and male, XY. Is that what they mean?
Cis(gender): Adjective that means “identifies as their sex assigned at birth” derived from the Latin word meaning “on the same side.” A cisgender/cis person is not transgender. “Cisgender” does not indicate biology, gender expression, or sexuality/sexual orientation. In discussions regarding trans issues, one would differentiate between women who are trans and women who aren’t by saying trans women and cis women. Cis is not a “fake” word and is not a slur. Note that cisgender does not have an “ed” at the end. Just the creation of the prefix “cis” is meant to normalize birth characteristics with chosen characteristics. If someone is “transgender”, that’s their decision based on their interpretation of feelings. There is no need for the word “cisgender” except to water down the concept of normality.
Transgender/Trans: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. The term transgender is not indicative of gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in daily life. Note that transgender does not have an “ed” at the end. Then what the heck is it indicative of?
Transsexual: A deprecated term that is often considered pejorative similar to transgender in that it indicates a difference between one’s gender identity and sex assigned at birth. Transsexual often – though not always – implicates hormonal/surgical transition from one binary gender (male or female) to the other. Unlike transgender/trans, transsexual is not an umbrella term, as many transgender people do not identify as transsexual. When speaking/writing about trans people, please avoid the word transsexual unless asked to use it by a transsexual person. Everything I read, see or hear in the media indicates that transgendered persons want, even demand, hormonal/surgical “transition.” I would like to know what proportion of transgendered folks don’t want their appearance altered to look like the sex they identify with.
Binary: Used as an adjective to describe the genders female/male or woman/man. Since the binary genders are the only ones recognized by general society as being legitimate, they enjoy an (unfairly) privileged status. Ah, the now familiar privilege canard! Are you privileged to identify with your biological God-given sex/gender? Notice I resist the false distinction between sex and gender being foisted upon the majority. By calling gender a social construct, they make it sound arbitrary. If indeed you are privileged, you can be grateful, or you can feel guilty. These definers want you to feel guilty. If binary genders are a “privilege”, what is having your privacy in the bathroom invaded by someone who feels like your sex, but isn’t, and who considers a unisex bathroom option as “exclusionary”?
Bigender: Refers to those who identify as two genders. Can also identify as multigender (identifying as two or more genders). Do not confuse this term with Two-Spirit, which is specifically associated with Native American and First Nations cultures. Two or more genders? How many? How ridiculous is this getting?
Cissexism: Systemic prejudice in the favor of cisgender people. Prejudice, by whom? Is not wanting to share a bathroom with someone who looks like the opposite sex prejudice? If you mistakenly use the “deadname” or wrong pronoun for trans person, and can be blocked from social media or fired from your job because, is that not prejudice?
It’s like I said, this is a war of lexicons and concepts. I never wanted LGBTQ’ers to be denied a job or promotion, or bullied or assaulted because of who they are. Today, however, that’s less of a systemic problem than individuals, politicians and employers being harassed or threatened because they won’t accept special privileges for the LGBTQ posse.