Welcome to an in-depth exploration of a critical social issue: cisgenderism. In our desire for a just and inclusive world, understanding the nuances of cisgenderism is not only important, but necessary. This blog post endeavors to unravel the layers of cisgenderism, shedding light on its impact, prevalence, and the steps we can take to address it.
At US², we define cisgenderism as the prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination based on actual, or perceived, assigned binary sex (male/female). Cisgenderism plays a significant role in shaping our society’s norms and expectations. It influences the way we interact, the assumptions we make, and the systems we operate within. When we take the time to examine the concept of cisgenderism, we embark on a transformation of awareness, aiming to challenge biases, dismantle stereotypes, and foster equity for all.
Through this exploration, we aim to empower you with knowledge and insights that go beyond the surface, allowing you to recognize and confront cisgenderism in both personal and societal contexts. One of the Core Principles at US² reminds us that guilt and politeness are the glue that hold prejudice and stigma in place. Whether you’re new to the concept or seeking to deepen your understanding, we invite you to release any guilt, shame, or blame you may have to embrace curiosity as you navigate the complexities of cisgenderism and contribute to a more inclusive future.
Defining Cisgenderism: Clarifying Key Concepts
At its heart, cisgenderism perpetuates the notion that being cisgender is the norm, while any deviation from this norm is seen as ‘other’ or abnormal. This results in the marginalization and erasure of transgender and non-binary individuals, who bear the burden of not conforming to these established expectations. For example, most public spaces have traditionally labelled restrooms as “men” or “women,” assuming everyone neatly fits into these binary categories based on their assigned sex at birth, subtly reinforcing the idea that cisgender individuals are the norm, and any deviation from this binary is deemed abnormal.
Cisgenderism extends beyond individual beliefs to permeate institutions, media, education, and cultural narratives. Its why gender reveal parties focus on the baby’s assumed gender, reinforcing the idea that gender is assigned at birth without consideration for an individual’s true identity.
Recognizing cisgenderism involves acknowledging the privilege that comes with being cisgender. It’s about questioning the assumptions we make about gender, examining the language we use to describe gender, and understanding the implications of these actions on the lives of transgender and non-binary individuals.