The cis slur.
As an individual who wholeheartedly supports the trans community I find it incredibly ironic for someone who is transgendered to use the term “cis” in a derogative manner. Surely by using the word “cis” as an insult it’s exactly the same as someone using “trans” as an insult. Rather than using a term which could possibly group together all cisgendered people, why not call out a transphobic person for what they are?
1) Cis is not a slur. Before you attempt to label cis a slur, trying learning what a slur actually is.
2) For that matter do you know what ‘cis’ is? It’s just shorthand for cisgender. So why on earth are you objecting to the word ‘grouping together all cisgender people’ like yeah that’s the function of the word, is is a descriptor, to describe a group of people….. Like I honestly don’t understand the objection here.
3) Also no, using cis as an insult (which doesn’t happen as often as I see it claimed…. hmmmmm) is not exactly the same as using trans* as an insult (which actually does happen a lot or is at least implied….. hmmm….. I bet that’s because of cissexism and the fact that being trans*, in a cissexist, ciscentric society is considered bad and other and wrong and freaky and a bunch of other negative things…… where as being cis is considered ‘normal’ and right and okay) It’s just not.
4) Along those lines making generalizations about cis people, referring to cis people as an oppressive group (which…… is true) to vent, to make angry comments about oppressive shit, as a method of self defense, etc. is not inherently bad and, just as a preemptive strike, not the same thing as generalizing trans* peeps (which is a facet of oppression actually)
5) You’re tone policing. You don’t wholeheartedly support the trans* community.
In a response to your points I’d also like to make a few points of my own:
1) By definition slur means “an insinuation or allegation about someone that is likely to insult or damage their reputation” (oxford dictionary), so by using the term ‘cis’ I never said the word ‘cis’ on it’s own is an insult, but it is an insult when people use it derogatively.
2) You’re assuming I don’t know what the term ‘cis’ means, I’ve even tagged my original post as ‘cisgender’. I know it refers to someone who identifies as the sex they were born as, as opposed to a transgender person who does not identify with the sex they were born as.
3) I never argued the frequency of which the term was used as an insult, but rather the fact that it is used as insult/slur. What you are saying is just a case of double standards. Just because one group is the majority, does not mean it’s okay to use a term which is based purely on gender as an insult. It’s not appropriate or correct to use ‘trans’ as an insult, I’m not denying that, but it’s also not right to use ‘cis’ as an insult, which is the point of my original post.
4) Once again you’re making assumptions. I’m not generalising any group of people, although it seems to me that you are. By seemingly referring to all cisgender people as the oppressive group you are highlighting my original point, which was that an identity or single word is now used as an umbrella term to insult a group of people or slur their reputation. There are a lot of cisgender people who do support equality and do not use either ‘trans’ or ‘cis’ in a derogative manner.
5) You imply I don’t support the transgender community as you believe I am ‘tone policing’. I support transgender people in their decisions and I will never treat someone differently due to their identity. The whole point of my original post was to highlight the irony of using ‘cis’ as an insult. There shouldn’t be any double standards.