The most important reason why we need the word “cis” in our lexicon is because it tells the thousands of young trans people out there right now who are struggling with their sense of identity, some of whom do not even realise yet that that is what they are doing, that there is something that you can be that is not what you were told you could be.
I did not know the word “cis” when I was 8 years old, imitating the handwriting of the girls in my class. I did not possess this language when I was 15, and attempting to put on makeup in secret without the guidance of my mother or my aunts, and copying the clothing styles of the girls in my high school. I did not have this language when I was 24, with hair down to my waist, wearing my girlfriend’s clothes to work. I did not have this language at 33 years old, before I proposed to my wife, or at 37, when we decided to have a child before we got any older.
I didn’t even know this language at 40, when I finally understood that the days of my life were not going to be many more in number if I did not attempt to find out if the feelings I had been feeling all my life would lead me to a better life.
But I certainly knew the word “transsexual”. I knew the words, “Renée Richards” and “Wendy Carlos”. I knew the word “freak”. I knew the word “mutilation”. I knew the words “liver damage”. I knew the words “shorter life span”. I knew the words “no children”. I knew the word “faggot”.
We need the word “cis”, because those children need to know that their choices aren’t limited, not anymore. Those children need to know that the alternative to “man” isn’t “freak” and the alternative to “woman” isn’t “abomination”. Those children need to know that “abnormal” means “statisically fewer in number”, not “unnatural”.
We need the word “cis”, because all the children of this Earth need to know that “cis” is just one thing you can be, and not what you necessarily are.
ally-wonderland said: to be honest I feel like I don’t know how to give any advice for 90% of the questions FYWH gets now @_@ they’re either repetitive or just… things I don’t have any issues with in my own writing
I honestly just have to go through them and weed out the ones that don’t follow policy or could be answered with ‘check the tags.’ I just haven’t had the energy to do that this week.
soooo much of the real reason I’m putting off Edit-A-Month is that I don’t actually know… how to give editing advice… uh
so this weekend will be fun
I’ve come to the conclusion that Sam and Dean would take one look at Night Vale and burn it to the ground, civilians be damned.
i’ve come to the conclusion sam and dean would drive into night vale and spontaneously combust from being exposed to sexual and racial diversity and women who don’t die within a week
A life sentence for a warning shot that injured no one is a miscarriage of justice. Twenty years behind bars for a warning shot that killed no one is a miscarriage of justice as well. Alexander spent nearly three years in prison before she was finally reunited with her family for the holidays late last year. It’s time Corey to drop the charges so that her office can put more energy and attention into the retrial of Michael Dunn who they couldn’t convict and who actually killed someone.
Angela Corey is a racist and needs to be stopped.