What Does Cis Het Mean?
Have you heard the term “cis het”?
In our society, there are a lot of terms being shared. One of the most popular ones right now is “cis-het.”
Often, I am asked what this term “cis het” means or find myself hearing this term often in sessions.
Cisgender or more commonly referred to as “cis” is a term that references someones gender identity.
Cisgender refers to someone whos natal (birth) sex is congruent with gender identity/presentation (ie someone born female and identifies as a woman or someone born male and identifies as male.)
When someone says you are “cis” it means that your biological sex and gender you identify correspond.
Heterosexual or “het” is a term that references someones sexual identity. Someone who is heterosexual is sexually interested to the “other” sex or gender (if we are looking at gender as a binary). Heterosexual relationships are other sex relationships (male/female pairings).
“Cis” + “Het”= CISHET
The combination of cisgender and heterosexual is what is now commonly known as “cishet.”
This refers to the majority of the population who’s birth or natal sex are congruent with thei gender identity and presentation and are sexually and romantically interested in the other sex.
Basically, a straight person who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth.
People who are categorized as “cishet” are typically seen within the “norm” of society (which is typically referred to as “heteronormativity”).
Recently, there have been memes depicting “cishet woman” that are caucasian or white with stereotypical, middle-aged, white woman names such as “Karen” or “Susan” or “Carol.”
This has stimulated a debate among various groups of people.
Being a “Karen” seems to imply a lack of social awareness and/or privilege.
Although I am not a proponent of name calling, I will be calling on people who are white, cisgender, and heterosexual human to recognize their privilege.
I challenge you to see your privilege and use it to elevate those who are not.
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