Cisgendered: A cisgender person is someone who identifies as they gender/sex they were assigned at birth. For example, your birth certificate says female, and you identify as a female woman. The colloquial use of cisgender suggests that it is the opposite of transgender. If you’re not trans*, then you’re cis (abbreviated form of cisgender). This is not entirely true, because there are people who transition (eg. take hormones, identify as a different gender than what they were assigned with at birth, surgeries, etc.) who do not identify as trans* or transgender. (Source)
Transgendered: Transgender (sometimes shortened to trans or TG) people are those whose
psychological self ("gender identity") differs from the social
expectations for the physical sex they were born with. To understand
this, one must understand the difference between biological sex, which
is one's body (genitals, chromosomes, ect.), and social gender, which
refers to levels of masculinity and femininity. Often, society conflates
sex and gender, viewing them as the same thing. But, gender and sex are
not the same thing.Transgender people are those whose psychological
self ("gender identity") differs from the social expectations for the
physical sex they were born with. For example, a female with a masculine
gender identity or who identifies as a man. (Source)
Intersex: Intersexuality is a set of medical conditions that feature congenital
anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system. That is, intersex people
are born with "sex chromosomes," external genitalia, or internal
reproductive systems that are not considered "standard" for either male
or female. The existence of intersexuals shows that there are not just
two sexes and that our ways of thinking about sex (trying to force
everyone to fit into either the male box or the female box) is socially
Ok. Now, I have two favors to ask.
1) Please read this article.
2) Then, read this article.
The author of both posts is the same, and she makes some incredible points. As someone who is new to the world of political reproductive debate and who happened to jump in head-first one day and never look back, I (regrettably) failed to acknowledge the fact that what is happening right now is so much bigger than a simple "Women's Issue." Well, ok. I didn't FAIL to acknowledge it - I just failed to address it, really.
From here on out, the language on this blog will be all-inclusive. Just because I am a cisgendered woman doesn't mean that everyone else is, and I apologize to anyone I may have offended with my language in past posts.