Cisgenderism is an umbrella term for systemic oppression that treats some people’s understanding of themselves as invalid. Cisgenderism involves concepts, language, and behavior that problematize people’s own definitions and classifications of their genders and bodies. While cisgenderism may manifest as individual instances of prejudice and discrimination, it is rooted in systemic practices and ideology. Cisgenderism can affect all people, regardless of gender identity or expression, although people are more likely to be targeted for cisgenderism in countries and regions where external authorities rather than people themselves make official classifications and where such authorities disagree with people’s own classifications of their genders and bodies. Consequently, people who have a trans experience, identity, history, or expression are more likely to be targets for cisgenderism in many societies. ...

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