The term “cis” is a hot potato in feminism. As an adjective which stands in opposition to “trans”, one might think that it would be well received as an extension of language to describe something which previously had no name, but its use – particularly as a denotation of privilege is controversial.
The kick-off of the second wave of feminism is often attributed to Betty Friedman’s “The Feminine Mystique “, which described “the problem which had no name” – a generation of well educated financially stable miserable women trapped in domesticity in suburban America.
This is the third in a series which started by looking at gender, then followed up by looking at sex. This post looks at the assumptions of a cis/trans binary and its implications, an issue which has had a particular focus in the third wave, as transfeminism brings new challenges to accepted feminist dogma, particularly …
In the Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir states that whenever a woman seeks to act like a human being she is said to be imitating the male. For women are unmen, a lesser class, who in the eyes of the patriarchy fail at being human.
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