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From cis- +‎ sexual, by analogy with transsexual, after the slightly earlier (1991) German zissexuell.[1]


cissexual (not comparable)

  1. (of a person, uncommon) Having a gender identity which matches one's birth sex; for example, identifying as male and having (been born with) male genitalia.
    Antonym: transsexual
    • 2011, Jes Battis, Homofiles: Theory, Sexuality, and Graduate Studies[1], page 25:
      That we are working on the grounds of ontology seems clear, since the “actually” begins from a cissexual primal origin birth moment that cannot be changed but only concealed—Angie is “biologically” once-and-forever Justin.
    • 2013, Kelby Harrison, Sexual Deceit: The Ethics of Passing[2], page 13:
      Ungendering is the process by which cissexual people start to look for details or evidence that the trans person is no longer living in his/her birth gender.
    • 2016, Em McAvan, “3: Rhetorics of Disgust and Indeterminacy in Transphobic Acts of Violence”, in Tobias Raun, editor, Out Online: Trans Self-Representation and Community Building on YouTube, page 54:
      Comfort is a cissexual privilege, ascribed to those who identify with and are socially and institutionally recognizable as the sex they were assigned at birth, thus conforming to a certain kind of gender norm.


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  1. ^ Sexologist Volkmar Sigusch states that he originated the term in his 1991 article "Die Transsexuellen und unser nosomorpher Blick" ("Transsexuals and our nosomorphic view").