Okay, okay, calm down. Stop screaming at the screen. Cuz if you’re like me, that is what I was doing when I read this. This is something that came across my twitter feed recently. Yes, someone actually did communicate this…in writing…in a public forum…on social media. Give me strength! Here’s the basis of the statement.
This person, whom I don’t know, stated that they were fed up being called cis-gendered, even though they are. Given that 95% for the population is cis, (their stat not mine, and yes, it’s incorrect – strike one), we constitute the majority and we are the norm and therefore I am normal. Just refer to me as a woman. Their words.
So, what is the implication of all of this? Their argument – If you are not cis, you are outside the norm. Therefore, you are abnormal. Given I am not cis, that makes me abnormal. Okay, so my friends might agree that I am not normal based on other grounds, but we are not going to go there today – ha ha. For the purposes of this discussion though, I am not, I repeat, NOT abnormal. Good grief. Yes, I was born with a birth defect, but that has been corrected. People who are trans are not abnormal. We are just trying to live their lives through a different set of circumstances.
One shouldn’t divide the population, the human race as it were, into normal or abnormal on this criteria. Because you know what? By the logic used by this contributor, if you extrapolate their thought process, everyone could be categorized as abnormal by some determinant. Example, I’m pretty sure the contributor wasn’t Asian, therefore, they are not a part of the majority based on ethnic population of the world. Therefore they are not normal, they are abnormal. Strike two.
What is the purpose of going on such a rant as this person did? Okay, they are not trans. Got it. They are CIS, as is 99.5% of the population. It is not a derogatory term. At least, I don’t think so. Having said that, it’s not like I use the term on a regular basis. “Hi, meet my cis-friend Jane”. Really? Come on. It does get used in some discussions, I will give you that. Mostly when talking about gender and describing all the aspects of it.
I’m not sure where this person lives or in what social circles the travel, but I can’t imagine that they would be inundated to the point that it would become annoying. Why is it such a personal affront? At the end of the day, we are all just people trying to live our lives, cis or trans.
Go ahead, call me trans, I’m normal.