Recently, some non-genderqueer persons have been becoming more and more upset over the term "cis," decrying it a slur. Fortunately, reporters like Sunnivie Brydum (2015) took time to divulge into the history of the prefix (which means "this side of normal" in Latin) (para. 6). The matters that concern me about the use of the prefix is that is requires a binaried pattern of thought and maintains the cishet normative in order to contextualize its presence (or else it doesn't function as a term). Those flaming the usage of "cis" in from of "gender" and "normative," though, are not coming from this angle, instead finding the highlighting of their gendered privilege abominable and an erasure of their potential other identities in marginalization.
I'm interested in seeing any intersectional analysis on this. I think we need it.
I'm also not on any side of normal. The only verb one can apply to "transgender" is "transcend," which I'm not doing to gender but to normative practices, beyond or after (trans-) our people (-gen-) . . . person (-der). One beyond the people. The people beyond. The people after. The next people. The nascent people. The people of growth cycles. The people of Ouroboros. The people of eternity.
Okay, as this sounds more like a ritual I feel my queer Paganism is showing, but I do know two things: "cis" is no slur, and we only need the term because people can't think through and beyond "normal" and "not normal." This was basic Butler (1993), ascription through what could not be ascribed, defining an object through subjugation (p. 121). Thank you academic paronomasia.
With a shout out to Pat Mosley (2017) and their essay on capitalism:
This is why my pronouns are fuck normativity.
Butler, J. (1993). Bodies that matter: On the discursive limits of "sex." New York, NY: Routledge.
Brydum, S. (2015, July 31). The true meaning of the word 'cisgender'. Advocate (online). Retrieved
Mosley, P. (2017). Capitalism defines gender. In P. Mosley, D. Ce, Redbud Collective, & Friends (Eds.)
Arcane Perfection (pp. 404-11)