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Definition - What does Cisgender mean?

Cisgender is a gender studies term used to refer to people whose gender identity aligns with the gender assigned to them at birth. It is used to describe people who are not transgender.

Cisgender is a relatively new term in gender studies, as scholars and activists tried to find a way to speak about non-transgender individuals without resorting to terms such as "normal" or "gender normative," both of which imply that transgender is either abnormal or non-normative.

Kinkly explains Cisgender

The latin prefix "cis" means "on this side of," while the prefix "trans" means "on the other side of." The use of the term cisgender reduces the stigma attached to being trans; instead of calling cisgendered people normal and implying that trans people are abnormal in some way, cisgender simply describes a state that is not superior or in opposition to transgender identity.

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