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Re: "Cis" may not mean what you intend it to. (Reply).
Re: "Cis" may not mean what you intend it to.
at 10:03pm on 2009-07-05
That's an interesting point.
There's no denying that I'm accorded
of privilege as a trans woman who passes as cissexual. While I'm deeply privileged, I don't think that changes the fact that I'm transgender. I still lived through about 25 years with people assuming I was a guy. That alone makes my life experiences different from cissexual women. (Mind you, that doesn't change the fact that I'm a woman. It just means I'm a woman with an unusual set of experiences.)
As trans people start to transition younger and younger, their life experiences are going to more strongly resemble cis people's experiences. Do we still call them transgender?
The drawback of the human tendency to break the world down into categories and simplistic models is that the world is, in reality, a vast intersection of continuums. It doesn't truly break down into discrete categories. I suppose that's the point behind people wanting to dissolve the gender binary.
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