The word “cis” is male-centric. / “Cis” is anti-feminist.

The Prime Directive

Stop using the word “cis.” It’s a slur against women. But, Secretly Radical says, it’s not just a slur but also a representation of male domination against women.

Let’s take a simple statement:

Cis women are privileged over trans women [and should therefore elevate and center trans women in feminism.]

Now let’s break it down.

Cis women are privileged over trans women = female women are privileged over male women.

Cross out the common denominator “women,” and you get to the heart of the matter: females are privileged over males [and should therefore elevate and center males in feminism.] MRA much?

Even using the most clear-cut, limited definition of “trans,” “cis” as not-trans, when applied to women, still centers and elevates males over females.

In a similar vein, Week Woman discusses how she was confronted with the term “cis” and how it doesn’t fit her lived experience as a…

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