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katakowsj  ·  590 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It's the International Trans Day of Visibility. I'm Trans. Ask Me Almost Anything

What's the origin of the word cisgender? I've never heard it before. Is it likely I don't know it because I've never known, at least, clearly known, anyone that is trans?

coffeesp00ns  ·  590 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's Latin. It's just the opposite of Trans. An example would be Cisalpine Gaul - The section of Gaul on the same side of the Alps as the Romans.

katakowsj  ·  590 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow. Likely not a new term then, huh? Cool. Thanks for the info.

Devac  ·  590 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's also a type of isomerism in chemistry. Depending on at what side of carbon chain is the functional group, it's either cis or trans. Some chemicals, like rhodopsin on your own retinal rods, change their isomerism when stimulated by light. It gets twisted in a way and as it changes from cis to all-trans it causes the molecule to squeeze due to photons and as it relaxes back it causes the further action that is crucial for sight.

coffeesp00ns  ·  590 days ago  ·  link  ·  

well, i think aplying cis- to -gender is newish, but really it's just the correct grammatical way to deal with it if we are going to call people who don't identify with their assigned gender "trans".