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Saffron Raymie
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I don't even know if I'm spelling this right, but please may someone explain 'cissexism' to me?

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I think it can be helpful to think of it simply as cisgender privilege. In other words, people who re cisgender -- whose gender "matches" the sex they were assigned at birth, which also means that it matches the dominant cultural ideas/roles of that gender for the most part -- have privilege transgender or genderqueer people do not. For instance, as a bare basic, cisgender people don't have to worry about using a bathroom marked men or women and having someone in it harass or assault them for using the "wrong" bathroom.

As well, some notions of gender require or enable the idea of gender or rights for those of a certain gender as binary and as cis. For instance, plenty of things in the world stated to be for women aren't really for all women, but are only for cisgender women, sometimes going to far as framing things as only being for "real" women, IOW, only cisgender women are "real."

The F-Word quotes (the totally awesome) Julia Serano here to define cissexism:
Cissexism is "a related (albeit distinct) form of prejudice [...] which is the belief that transsexuals' identified genders are inferior to, or less authentic than, those of cissexuals (i.e. people who are not transsexual and who have only ever experienced their subconscious and physical sexes as being aligned). [...] Common examples include purposeful misuse of pronouns or insisting that trans persons use a different restroom. The justification for this denial is generally founded on the assumption that the trans person's gender is not authentic because it does not correlate with the sex they were assigned at birth."- Julia Serano.

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