This term, created in the 1990′s to differentiate people from not being transgendered, is a hard concept to grasp. I felt really awkward when I first heard that Penny Arcade’s artist, Mike Krahulik, was described as a cismale back in June on his twitter. Why? Because I sort of agreed with him to a certain degree.
When one is an adult, they often feel like they have a grasp of who they are. In Gabe’s (that’s Mike’s alter ego) defense… if my name was Mike, and I didn’t know that that meant that my name was actually Michael… I’d probably tell you to go fuck yourself because MY NAME IS MIKE, OKAY?
Remember that time, my assumed, for some odd reason, white brethren, when you were a child, and you discovered that you were Caucasian? After making fun of the word cock and Asian together for
10 minutes the rest of the day, you realized that you had never considered there a reason to specify yourself as anything other than who you were. Oh, and then you never had to actually use the word other than on a form.
And then you accept it… like I sort of did when I found out that I was part hispanic. You are all like “I guess it’s true… not that it matters. I mean, when will this knowledge actually make a difference in my life?”
To put this in another way, Titanic. Remember how in the movie Titanic there were tons of rich people? You had the old rich, let’s call them cisgendered, and then you had the new rich, let’s call them transgendered. Now it was so stupid to the viewer how there needed to be a distinction between the two classes that should be the same because oh my god money?! Well I can’t help but feel that there might be a slim chance that in one hundred years, this whole typing and labeling each other will feel… just… silly. After all, in the future, you will just be able to take a pill and be whatever you want to be, right?
To sum up my feelings, people hate it when ‘scientific’ terms are applied to them, right? If I kept calling you a trans woman as opposed to a woman, wouldn’t that get upsetting? To some this whole ordeal might seem like a step back, but eh… I guess it’s all textbook now? Who can argue with a textbook? Ridiculous people.