Cyrano (cyranocyrano) wrote,


This morning, possibly in a dream, I figured out why the construction 'cishet' bothers me so much. I understand why we needed to create the term 'cisgendered' to address a description we didn't have a name for, but bundling up two unrelated terms into six letters is reductive and dismissive, and it's a classic case of Othering. People have made it clear that they're offended by the term, and even though we didn't mean the term as an insult, when somebody tells you that you've offended them, you don't get to tell them that you didn't. I've had the label slapped on me because I present as male, and my heterosexuality was inferred by default. Which is what the term promotes, really. And one of the tenets of the SJW community is that heteronormation is harmful to the human race.

So there we are. I think 'cishet' is sexually prejudiced, and even if it costs me a few extra letters to use both words, I can make up the lost ground by spelling 'for' as '4'.

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