"assigned" is actually a term for intersex people, who were assigned a sex at birth by means of surgery. its a term that has been appropriated by the trans* community. it’s better to use the phrase "designated (female or male) at birth" to refer to trans* and nonbinary people!
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I should keep this in mind!
Fairly certain this isn’t true. I know for a fact that CAMAB was coined by trans women, and I’m willing to guess cutting off the C doesn’t make it someone else’s word.
To quote freedominwickedness “CAMAB and CAFAB were originally created by trans women and then intersex people started identifying with them and started saying they created them so that they wouldn’t be associated with trans women. So yeah, there are those who consider it appropriative, but it’s because they’re transmisogynists. Anyone can use CAXAB language, because everyone is coercively assigned a gender at birth (i.e. no one chooses the gender they’re assigned), although for some it is more coercive than for others.”
"defined" or "declared" was substituted to produce "DFAB" and "DMAB" and the objection then shifted to the "AB" part. At that point, the trans women involved who were in my circle of friends saw it as being an objection to trans women claiming they were assigned an incorrect gender at least at the earliest point in their lives and, possibly, at all.
Yeah, a few months ago we had this spate of people trying to take any words we used so all we’d be left with is “man” for camab trans people.
Like They wanted CAMAB, then AMAB, then DMAB. Someone did that last one like a day after I joked about it happening.
The thing that really gets me is how much people want to believe this. How badly they want to be “supporting” intersex (or any) people over trans people. Because nobody ever questions the idea that “assignment” refers exclusively to surgical alteration. I’ve seen people saying that the “assigned” in “assigned at birth” literally refers to surgery (how?), and therefore intersex people are the only people whose sex is assigned at birth.(via blue-author)
By Autumn Sandeen
LINK TW: rape, violence, transmisogyny, transphobia, slurs
Bisexuality is not Bi-sexuality: Pretending the word "bisexual" doesn’t exist is a tiny, trivial way of denying our legitimacy,
I feel really awkward when I see bisexuals call themselves “bi-sexual”
Yes, you would but might not quite understand why, because it’s a form of microaggression, a tiny small slur - like being bitten to death by gnats - practiced against bisexual people and the bisexual community. Here is some of what the UK’s Bisexual Index has to say about it:
Bisexuality is not Bi-sexuality Bisexuality is not a combination of heterosexuality and homosexuality. We’re not half formed or half committed. We’re whole.
We are not bi-sexual, we’re bisexual! The word is in the dictionary - it’s not two words put together. Pretending the word "bisexual" doesn’t exist is a tiny, trivial way of denying our legitimacy, but it still is one. After all, if what we have is two sexualities then maybe we should pick one and stick with it?
Have you ever met a bisexual who prefers to be a bi-sexual? That hyphen makes the stress longer, the pause audible. It’s a chance to dwell on the syllable "sex" straight after. But it’s not all about sex, and we don’t have two competing natures.
As you all could probably guess Big Gay Inc’s favorite Agony Auntie Dan Savage is a MAJOR practitioner this type of particular microagression against bisexuals, going so far as to add the hyphen to the words "biphobic" and "biphobia" too.
You can see him doing it right there in the first paragraphs of one of his current whines about how some of his best friends are bisexual and how the bisexual community and organizations are all just big ol’ meanies picking on poor little innocent him. *insert dramatic eye-roll here*
If you see someone doing this, (unless they are an innocent misled newbie or ESL person - in which case just kindly point out these two articles in a non-judgemental fashion) quickly run Far Far Away. It’s on purpose. It’s done to put you down and make you feel uncomfortable and unwanted, all while smiling in you face and pretending that they want to be your friend.
We need labels because we do not want to be overridden by the default. And that includes labels for the default, instead of allowing people to insist that they are the norm and thus don’t need a label. Hence all the brouhaha over ‘cis,’ a term used to describe people who have a gender consistent with that assigned to them at birth. It’s perfectly reasonable to label those people, distinguishing them from trans people, who have genders that differ from those assigned to them at birth. Both groups of people need to be identified.
Homophobic epithets are so pervasive across our culture that most good-hearted and well-intentioned heterosexual people are sadly unaware of the psychological and physical toll that these words have on LGBTQ people.
Although there are many English-language resources and glossaries about transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary terms, there are not as many in other languages. I have begun a few pages at the Non-Binary Wiki, which anyone can edit, to list terms and their meanings in a few languages:
More will be added - these were created as just a start to this project and anyone is welcome to create further language pages or edit the ones that already exist to add new terms, citations of sources, or correct any errors. I am focusing on collecting terms related to non-binary gender identity, although general gender and sex terms can also be added to these glossaries. I am very excited about this project!
My passion is learning new languages, so here are some good sites to help you learn the following languages! Please feel free to add on!
Hey also that picture up there is transparent, which is pretty fucking awesome.
- A LOT OF LANGUAGES
- ALSO A LOT OF LANGUAGES
- Chinese (Mandarin)
(this guy makes great videos too)
(the University of Iceland has an online language centre, too)
Things people need to not do:
- Add “ed” to the end of words such as: Transgendered, agendered, bigendered, (if you wouldn’t say girled or boyed then why would you for other genders?)
- Say that Genderqueer is an umbrella term. (genderqueer is a specific gender.)
- Say that any nonbinary gender is a subset of genderqueer. (for the reason stated above)
- Call all nonbinary people “enbies” (not everyone is okay with that)
Singular “they” is a correct gender-neutral pronoun! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
And, there you have it! “They” is grammatically correct.
OMG, next time I want to publish something and they try to edit it out!!!
Also, important about why GSM/GSRM is an incredibly flawed term to refer to the LGBT+ community:
Lars Ullerstam, who coined the term in his 1966 book “The Erotic Minorities” included and defended pedophilia and incest - equating it with homosexuality and transgender people.
So yeah! REALLY FUCKING AWFUL TERM TO USE TO REFER TO THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY
It also defines us as a minority, which both sets heterosexuality as the standard and prevents us from questioning heterosexism.
We are not a minority. Heterosexuality is a compulsory social construct.