cisgender

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English

Etymology

From cis- (on this side of) +‎ gender, by analogy with transgender. First attested in 1997.[1] Compare slightly earlier cisgendered (1994).[2]

Pronunciation

Adjective

cisgender (not comparable)

  1. Having a gender identity which matches the sex one was assigned at birth; or, pertaining to such people.
    Synonyms: (uncommon) cisgendered, nontrans, nontransgender
    Antonym: non-cisgender
    • 2009 April 25, Renee Martin, The Guardian:
      To uphold the inequality that we choose to engage in, we regularly present the myth that trans people are deviant or a danger to cisgender people.
    • 2014, Laura Erickson-Schroth, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, page 6:
      As trans people, we have many cisgender allies—those who show their support for the concerns, needs, and rights of trans people, even though they may not personally face the same issues.
    • 2019, Rachel Timoner, “Book Review: Textual Activism by Rabbi Mike Moskowitz”, in Tikkun[2]:
      R. Moskowitz charges cisgender readers to be as conscious and deliberate with our religious identities as transgender and gender non-conforming people are with theirs, arguing that holiness is only achieved through continuous and unrelenting struggle and change.
    • 2020 April 17, Rebecca Solnit, “Coronavirus does discriminate, because that’s what humans do”, in The Guardian[3]:
      Gender assumed many roles in this pandemic. Cisgender men were more likely to die from the virus, which seemed to be about inherent vulnerabilities of those with XY chromosomes.
    • 2022 March, Florian Kurth, Christian Gaser, Francisco J. Sánchez, Eileen Luders, “Brain Sex in Transgender Women Is Shifted towards Gender Identity”, in Journal of Clinical Medicine[4], →DOI, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2022-07-25, Abstract‎[5]:
      Transgender people report discomfort with their birth sex and a strong identification with the opposite sex. The current study was designed to shed further light on the question of whether the brains of transgender people resemble their birth sex or their gender identity. For this purpose, we analyzed a sample of 24 cisgender men, 24 cisgender women, and 24 transgender women before gender-affirming hormone therapy. We employed a recently developed multivariate classifier that yields a continuous probabilistic (rather than a binary) estimate for brains to be male or female. The brains of transgender women ranged between cisgender men and cisgender women (albeit still closer to cisgender men), and the differences to both cisgender men and to cisgender women were significant (p = 0.016 and p < 0.001, respectively). These findings add support to the notion that the underlying brain anatomy in transgender people is shifted away from their biological sex towards their gender identity.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:cisgender.

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Noun

cisgender (plural cisgenders)

  1. A cisgender person.
    • 2013, Shiri Eisner, Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, page 107:
      Even in regard to cisgenders, research shows that it's “easier” for people to identify male than female features, meaning that the default “visible” person in our culture is male “unless proven otherwise.”
    • 2014, Zethu Matabeni, Reclaiming Afrikan, page 62:
      Is there a place for heterosexual cisgenders in Africa's queer movement?

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Usage notes

  • Some people who are hostile to transgender people object to being described as cisgender or cis.[3][4] This has been compared to an earlier campaign to label homophobe a slur.[4]
  • See also Cisgender § Critiques on Wikipedia.

References

  1. ^ cisgender, adj. and n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
  2. ^ cisgendered, adj. and n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
  3. ^ For example, Trina Budge, director of the anti-trans lobbying group FWS, argues the word is insulting: Mary Wright (24 March 2022), “'Cis' is an offensive term for women, feminists tell MSPs”, in The Times[1], London: News UK, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 24 March 2022:
    Budge said this was "sexist, regressive and insulting to the vast majority of people", adding: "It is inappropriate in an era where most people do not wish to adopt old-fashioned ideas of masculinity and femininity and is counter to many government and education programmes to break these stereotypes []
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cristan Williams (2021), “TERFs”, in Abbie E. Goldberg, Genny Beemyn, editors, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies, Thousand Oaks, C.A.: SAGE Publications, Inc., →DOI, →ISBN, "TERF is a slur", page 822:
    Following a 2012 right-wing "homophobe is a slur" campaign, TERF activists began organizing "TERF is a slur" and "cis is a slur" campaigns. TERF activists asserted that these terms were offensive and used to disparage (cisgender) women.

Further reading

Anagrams

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English cisgender. Equivalent to cis- +‎ gender.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌsisˈxɛn.dər/, /ˌsisˈdʒɛn.dər/, /sɪs-/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cis‧gen‧der

Adjective

cisgender (not comparable)

  1. cisgender

Inflection

Inflection of cisgender
uninflected cisgender
inflected cisgender
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial cisgender
indefinite m./f. sing. cisgender
n. sing. cisgender
plural cisgender
definite cisgender
partitive

Noun

cisgender m or f (plural cisgenders)

  1. a cisgender person

Polish

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology

Unadapted borrowing from English cisgender.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /t͡sizˈd͡ʐɛn.dɛr/
  • Rhymes: -ɛndɛr
  • Syllabification: cis‧gen‧der

Noun

cisgender m inan

  1. (neologism) cisgender (gender identity which matches the sex one was assigned at birth)
    Synonyms: cispłciowość, cisseksualizm, cisseksualność

Declension

Noun

cisgender m pers

  1. (neologism) cisgender person

Declension

Further reading

  • cisgender in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • cisgender in Polish dictionaries at PWN