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The Terms 'Cis' and 'Cisgender' Are Now Slurs Under Cisgender Elon Musk's New Twitter Policy

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | June 21, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | June 21, 2023 |


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For those ignorant — Elon Musk, you might want to pay attention — allow me to introduce the concept of cisgender. It’s a term used to describe individuals whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth. Basically, being cis means you are not trans. Shockingly, Twitter has now deemed referring to someone as cisgender as a suspendable offense, all thanks to Elon Musk, the cisgender, ultra-right-wing white supremacist.

Musk has officially declared that “cis” and “cisgender” are considered “slurs” on the platform. He even went as far as issuing a warning that anyone engaging in “targeted harassment” using these terms would face temporary suspensions, at the very least.

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Can you fathom the fragility required to feel offended by a term that accurately describes 99 percent of Americans? What’s next in Elon’s world? Will he ban the use of words like “white” and “heterosexual” out of fear that they might carry some kind of loaded meaning because people use those terms venomously when referring to people like Elon Musk?

The irony here is astonishing. The person who prompted this new policy had actually mocked a lesbian for being sexually assaulted just yesterday. Was he banned? Or even admonished? No, Elon Musk passed a new policy protecting this blue check from being called cisgender. Yet, while labeling someone as cisgender is now considered a slur, Musk has also conveniently relaxed Twitter’s rules regarding deadnaming and misgendering.

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For aesthetic reasons, we use images of Lee Pace in lieu of header photos of Elon Musk, with apologies to Lee Pace. But also: 2004 was not a great year fashion-wise for Lee Pace.