The New Backlash. Socialization Matters: Why “Identity Libertarianism” is Failed Politics. I want to explore what “woman” means when male-born persons can be “women” just the same as female-born persons.
Most significantly, the term “woman” must be disconnected from the socio-historic context that gives the term coherency in the first place. Without any material or experiential framework “woman’s” origin becomes irrelevant; she can be anything or nothing at all. When male-born persons can be “women” just the same as female-born persons, the skin-deep veneer of social identity is being substituted for the complex, lifelong process of class-based socialization. This is neoliberal individualist choice-theory masquerading as the politics of liberation. If “transwomen are women,” then what does being a woman mean? Secretly Radical: Cis Privilege My Womanly Ass. Why “Cis Privilege” Checklists Almost Always Fail – Gender Detective - The Personal Blog of Jonah Mix. What Does Being “Cis” Mean For A Woman? Today I got a bit cross.
I do that occasionally. I have been watching the non-binary versus feminism wars getting increasingly heated and thinking, one day, I’ll write a considered post on this. It is an important issue that deserves my time and effort – but it is such an important issue that it deserves time and effort that I simply don’t have today. So days go by and I say nothing. I tweet out articles by women far more cogent and intelligent than I am. A while ago, about two or so years ago, I didn’t know much about trans politics. And that made no sense whatsoever because the tweet wasn’t talking about construction; it was talking about rape. Slave of the Passions. I am a woman.
This is something I have never questioned. It is something I know with almost complete certainty. A couple of years ago, if you had asked me how I know that I’m a woman, then – after I had stopped looking at you in bewilderment at being asked such a daft question – I am pretty sure that I would have given you an answer that made reference to facts about my physical body, my biology. The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism. On May 24th, a few dozen people gathered in a conference room at the Central Library, a century-old Georgian Revival building in downtown Portland, Oregon, for an event called Radfems Respond.
The conference had been convened by a group that wanted to defend two positions that have made radical feminism anathema to much of the left. First, the organizers hoped to refute charges that the desire to ban prostitution implies hostility toward prostitutes. Then they were going to try to explain why, at a time when transgender rights are ascendant, radical feminists insist on regarding transgender women as men, who should not be allowed to use women’s facilities, such as public rest rooms, or to participate in events organized exclusively for women. The dispute began more than forty years ago, at the height of the second-wave feminist movement.
Trans-exclusionary radical feminism. Trans-exclusionary radical feminism (or TERF) is a subgroup of radical feminism characterized by transphobia, especially transmisogyny, and hostility to the third wave of feminism.
They believe that the only real women™ are those born with a vagina and XX chromosomes. They wish to completely enforce the classic gender binary, supporting gender essentialism. The term "TERF" is not used by those in the group, who consider it a damnable slur, and think of themselves as perfectly reasonable radical feminists (and, indeed, the only thing that should be called "feminism"). Some radical feminists, second wave feminists, and lesbian feminists/political lesbians (groups known to contain TERFs) have spoken out against transphobia and transmisogyny within their ranks.  TERFs and gender. Cisgender - Gender Wiki. In gender studies, cisgender and cissexual are a closely related class of gender identities where an individual's gender identity matches the behavior or role considered appropriate for one's sex. There are a number of derivatives of the terms in use, including "cis male" for a male with a masculine gender identity, "cis female" for a female with a feminine gender identity, and "cissexism".
Kristen Schilt and Laurel Westbrook defined "cisgender" as a label for "individuals who have a match between the gender they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their personal identity", complementing "transgender". A similar adjective is "gender-normative"; Eli R. Green wrote, "The term 'cisgendered' is used [instead of the more popular 'gender normative'] to refer to people who do not identify with a gender diverse experience, without enforcing existence of a 'normative' gender expression. Cisgender v. cissexual Edit Origins Internet use Edit Academic and Literary use. Dear White, Straight, Cisgender, Man People: You Are Privileged. I’ve written a bit about privilege here, and I’ve written my own privilege lists, inspired by Peggy McIntosh (blame her!)
, which have received a lot of hullabaloo on my site. There seems to be a bit of a backlash growing, where privileged people (like this super privileged Princeton student) are “denouncing their privilege” and “finally standing up for straight white guys” (HAHAHA). Well, I wrote this (originally a Facebook status) for you, Tal, as well as the rest of us: Dear Us, This is for all the white, straight, cisgender men out there who’re sick of having your privilege checked. Wasn’t it awesome back before we were seen as white, straight, cisgender, and man? We don’t see ourselves as white, straight, cisgender, and man. 30+ Examples of Cisgender Privilege. Following is a list of cisgender identity privileges.
If you are cisgender, listed below are benefits that result from your alignment of identity and perceived identity. If you’re not familiar with the term, “cisgender” means having a biological sex that matches your gender identity and expression, resulting in other people accurately perceiving your gender. If you are cisgender, there’s a good chance you’ve never thought about these things (or even your cisgender identity). Try and be more cognizant and you’ll start to realize how much work we have to do in order to make things better for the transgender folks who don’t have access to these privileges.
If you’re unsure of what it means to be “transgender” you can read about it in my gender identity guide. Please comment below if you have any additions or revisions to make! Cisgender madness! There's been a debate raging over at Pam's that no one here at Bilerico has been willing to touch with a 10-foot pole: Is it OK to call non-transgender people "cisgender"?
Well, the debate is mostly a small group of gay and lesbian cis-people who don't particularly like the word, and everyone else who either likes it or is OK with it in certain situations. I don't know if who gets to speak for the hundreds of millions of English-speaking cis people out there, but since most people don't even know the word exists, it's worth having this debate now. The word was created, as I understand it, to have a word for people who aren't transgender in any way. Cisgender. The problem with the word cis. Content note: this piece discusses transphobia and suicide.
This piece is co-written with Cel West, who is an activist and feminist both online and off, and who tries to write about trans issues as little as humanly possible. The New Statesman editorial team have decided to publish yet another word-turd whining about privilege-checking. We wouldn’t recommend reading it, but if you search “Online Wimmin Mob”, you’ll see exactly the level of contempt its author has for anyone who has had the misfortune of engaging with her online–if indeed anyone has: all of the examples she provides take place in the realm of pure rhetoric rather than linking to specific examples of what has actually been said. The discussion of anger and frustration is one that has been had a thousand times before, so we’ll just link to Stavvers on being angry one more time.