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So What is Cisgender?

Credit: Bernard Blanc/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Bernard Blanc/Flickr/Creative Commons

I heard part of an argument recently, and one angry person accused others of being “cisgender.” I didn’t know the full meaning of the word, but I understood part of the argument, and I knew the words were spoken in anger.

I think this word is new, and I know it is often used in anger, to identify people who are wrong and cruel to others. It’s like ‘fascist’ or ‘racist’ or ‘white male’, a description of people who discriminate and are politically incorrect.

We should know this word.

But first, I have a small detour. A few days ago, an instructor asked several of us an interesting question, referring to “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” You probably know the pattern, at the bottom are poor or unhealthy people who are fighting for survival, and as we become more secure in life, we focus on higher priorities like love, and self esteem.

This was the question:

If you were given a choice by your employer, which one would you choose?

  1. a) a raise in pay of 10%, maybe four hundred dollars a month
  2. b) one more week of vacation time each year

Try this question with people you know. Our group was divided, and the instructor explained that we were on different levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy. I chose the money, and that puts me closer to practical survival. Note that I have a Scottish name, and I am cheap; you don’t need to use the polite word ‘frugal’ for me. On the other side, the holiday people feel more secure and content with their lives and are interested in love, esteem, and maybe self-actualization.

And now back to ‘cisgender.’ Have you noticed that people are arguing about things that we never used to talk about? I can remember a time when we didn’t hear words like ‘gay’ or ‘transgender’ or ‘white privilege’ in my neighborhood. Now the younger generation is fighting over issues that seem unreal to their seniors.

I think we understand the word ‘transgender’ and ‘cisgender’ is the rest of us, “people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth.” This is emerging as a human right, and cisgenders are now politically incorrect.

So, is the world-changing? Are we going crazy?

No. If this is crazy, we always were crazy. The new wave is an old thing, but maybe we’re talking about it more. Jesus talked about this two thousand years ago, did you know?

His disciples said to Him, “If this is the case between a man and his wife, it is better not to marry.” “Not everyone can accept this word,” Jesus answered, “but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way; others were made that way by men; and still others live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” (Matthew 19:10 to 12)

It was common in Bible times for some men to become less-masculine ‘eunuchs’ and people understood what Jesus was talking about. I don’t like the topic, so I won’t say more, except that men never became women, and women never became men. That idea was unknown.

In my lifetime, I have never heard a sermon on these verses. Jesus was right, not everyone can accept this.

We have a ‘millennial’ generation, in western society, that was raised with a sense of security and entitlement, and that is reflected in their conversations. I work to train people for employment, and trust me, that sense of entitlement is evaporating. I see many young adults who are desperate to find a vocation, and build a normal life, possibly including marriage and a family. Privilege and entitlement are not real, they are just ideas in immature minds; reality catches up with everyone.

Abraham Maslow told us that when we focus on surviving and staying safe, we will forget the old conversations of entitlement.

I became a Christian when I was part of a young generation, because I really wanted to find my way in life. I didn’t want to sincerely believe in the latest fads, my friends’ ‘flavor of the month.’ The person that emerged is a follower of Jesus. I am happy now with my choice.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13: 11 to 13)

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