In reading the comments to this article (which, by the way, I can’t decide whether was touching or dumb) (HT: Ann Althouse), I came across an entirely incoherent comment by a self-described “ciswoman.”
I don’t understand how one could want to be in celebration of their femaleness and then abhorr one of the most natural things that could come from that state of being XX chromosomed- motherhood. It isn’t for everybody, just like well being a female simply because you were born with XX chromosome isn’t for everybody but transmen dont go around so how disgusting vaginas are so why should ciswomen go around spouting how disgusting their natural reproduction is?
I’m a ciswoman, heterosexual proud to be female feminist and happy mom, wife and successful professional. THese things are NOT mutally exclusive.
“the hell?” I thought. So, unable to just assume that the incoherent woman was just being incoherent, I chose to google it. Per Wikipedia, “cisgender” is:
an adjective used in the context of genderissues and counselling to refer to a class of gender identities formed by a match between an individual’s gender identity and the behavior or role considered appropriate for one’s sex.Cisgender is a “newer term” that means “someone who is comfortable in the gender they were assigned at birth.”“Cisgender” is used to contrast “transgender” on the gender spectrum.
So, in other words, cisgender is another way of saying “normal.”
Also, I learned that, unfortunately:
There is no specific term for cisgendered people who feel they would still be equally comfortable if their physical gender was changed.
Folks should really get to work on that.