Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The List Is Getting Longer

It used to be that the triumvirate of the let was "racism, sexism, and classism."  The list is getting longer:
Be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/14/oberlin-backs-down-trigger-warnings-professors-who-teach-sensitive-material#ixzz2yzNryei1 Inside Higher Ed 
What in the heck is "cissexism"?

Another part of the proposed (but thankfully, not implemented) "trigger" policy at Oberlin College includes this amazing statement:
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a triumph of literature that everyone in the world should read. However, it may trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide, and more.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/14/oberlin-backs-down-trigger-warnings-professors-who-teach-sensitive-material#ixzz2yzO8i4bI Inside Higher Ed  
Unless you have a parasite, I find it most unlikely that anyone at Oberlin College today has experienced "colonialism."

UPDATE: I am so glad that I have such educated readers to explain things like "cissexism" to me:
Trans-gender refers to people who do not identify with their bodies -- an apparent male who identifies as female, for example.
The problem is that the opposite phenomenon -- the person who identifies with the outward appearance of his body -- never had a word, which made it unjustifiably "normal". Thus, the word cis-gender.
You're cis-gender, Clayton. We have to fight against you, because you are privileged and you oppress others.

5 comments:

Unknown said...

Cis means non-transexual. Presumably cissexism means prejudice against transexuals.

I have no idea why identifying as the gender one is born as is called cis.

asdf said...

Trans-gender refers to people who do not identify with their bodies -- an apparent male who identifies as female, for example.

The problem is that the opposite phenomenon -- the person who identifies with the outward appearance of his body -- never had a word, which made it unjustifiably "normal". Thus, the word cis-gender.

You're cis-gender, Clayton. We have to fight against you, because you are privileged and you oppress others.

Minicapt said...

I'd just carrying my Hunting Crop at all times; that should be an adequate warning.

Cheers

Rick C said...

Unknown, it's because cis means "same" and trans means "across." For example "transoceanic voyage." These are standard Latin prefixes.

And yes, cissexism is used as a dirty word here, indicating prejudice or at least "privilege."

Anthony said...

I know what they mean, but I can't help but imagine the difficulty an Oberlin student who has "experienced suicide" will have to complete the reading.