Cisgender Privilege

Cisgender Privilege

(compound noun)

The privileges cisgender people have because they identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. Their gender is widely considered legitimate, both socially and legally. For example, cis people generally don’t have issues with their identifying documents not matching their outward expression to the point of additional scrutiny. They also generally have bodies that conform with society’s understanding of their gender, and if they don’t, they can voluntarily get surgery with relative ease, sometimes even as minors, with very little stigma. It’s important for cisgender people to recognize these privileges so they can work to make sure that everyone can have access to them.

e.g. Amelia admitted that her cisgender privilege made it hard for her to see the microaggressions her trans co-workers faced daily.

Further reading to gain expanded context:

11 Cisgender Privileges You Didn’t Know You Had | Pride

Examples Of Cis Privilege To Reflect On and Address | Everyday Feminism

Cis Privilege Checklist | Taking Up Too Much Space


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