–The prefix cis has a latin root meaning “on the same side [as]”. A cisgendered person identifies with or experiences a gender that is congruent with one’s biological sex.
-Generally a cisgendered person can be classified as simply fitting the “gender normative”.
-The term cisgender originated as a way to shift the focus off of a marginalized group, by defining not only the minority group but also the majority. Rather than using a heavily biased word like “normal” or by identifying with what you are not, “non-transgender”.
*note: There is a spectrum of gender that falls between cisgendered and transgendered. As a rule if best not to speculate about person’s gender until they have disclosed it to you personally.
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