Originally Posted by Blackhood
I don't wish to get drawn into this argument (anywhere on the Internet) but it strikes me that "cis" is required not for those who are cis but those who aren't. If you're part of a community who discusses your shared abnormality (for lack of a better word) then you will eventually need a word other than "normals" with which to refer to people outside of your community. Cis serves as a more specific "them" not a needless "us".
I don't need to define myself as something, but if a stranger is forced by language to call me normal he is by definition abnormal, and I can understand why that self designation as abnormal might be troubling.
I think this is true. Similar to how we don't usually need to specify that someone is not gay, and when we do, we say straight as opposed to digging into a more technical term and calling them heterosexual.
However, my introduction to the term (and most of my subsequent references outside of SF) did not occur on a trans blog or message board. It was in a blog post about rape (with no mention of transsexuality in it or other posts I saw on the same site) some woman was writing where she was trying to frame her comments with "I'm an average white woman in middle class USA...[so I don't have any first had experience, but here are my thoughts]". Instead of saying that, she said something like "As a cisgendered straight woman..."
I had no idea wtf she was talking about and assumed she had some disorder. I looked it up and figured it out, but it just came off as some pretentious girl-blog circle jerking. She wasn't writing about trans issues, she was just using the term to appeal to a certain in-crowd of political correctness fanatics who don't know quite what to do when a black person tells them they are full-american and don't even know anyone who has ever been to africa. If blogs had real editors, the term would have been scrubbed from the post.
I've read many other posts like it since then--If you aren't talking about trans people...it just seems wrong to try and apply a technical label. We don't typically insist on calling ever straight person heterosexual, and there are far more gay people than there are trans people.