cisgender

  • “not transgender”
  • cisgender (often abbreviated to simply cis) is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth
  • having a gender identity or performing in a gender role that society considers appropriate for one’s sex
  • originated as a way to shift the focus off of a marginalized group, by defining not only the minority group but also the majority
  • Some transgender people hope that the use of the word cisgender will increase mainstream acceptance and eventually remove the taboos.
  • Others point out that the term heterosexual is very widely used but seems to have done little for the gay rights movement.
  • However, prior to 1995, there was no standard word used to describe non-transgender people without the use of negative prefixes while still avoiding terms like “normal”, “born” or “genetic” (women or men).