Do you often come across terms like cisgender, agender, bigender, queer,intersex etc and get confused? Well now it’s high time to get used to these terminologies and understand them.
There was a recent Twitter battle after the Hollywood actor William Shatner took offence at being called ‘CIS’, short for ‘cisgendered’. He considered it to be a slur and harassment term. But is it actually a slur or rather a harmless adjective? The term cisgendered is used to define people whose gender identity matches the identity assigned to them at birth. The gender is considered to be a social construct and growing up the child may not correspond to that assigned at birth. Just like it is necessary to label the ‘trans’ people, in the same way it is significant to label the people who are not trans as ‘cis’. The reason is that giving a tag only to the transgendered would mean that the rest are at default or ‘normal’, which further aggravates the societal position of the trans people.
This gives us the opportunity to explore the arena of the terms which will help to make our vocabulary more inclusive. Here are a few of the gender identifiers:
Agender: Someone who identifies as not belonging to any gender
Androgynous: Someone who identifies as neither man nor woman
Bigender: Someone who identifies as both man and woman
Non-binary: Someone who rejects the binaries of male and female
Genderfluid: Someone whose gender identity changes
Genderquestioning: Someone who is exploring which gender they identify as
Genderqueer: An umbrella term for people not subscribing to traditional genders
AFAB, AMAB: Assigned Female At Birth, Assigned Male At Birth
Intersex: Those who do not possess the physical characteristics of either males or females
Third Gender: Those who have a gender identity beyond man or woman
These are just a few of the many terms which should be normalized and made use of in our daily conversations. By just using the right label for the person, we can contribute our bit towards the marginalized section of the LGBTQ+. Cheers to a more inclusive future!
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