Cisgender Privilege Checklist

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This checklist is pretty much for people trying to explain to others that they are privileged, cause you can send them here and they can see for themselves. I've reposted it below, but included the link as well. Enjoy.

http://takesupspace.wordpress.com/cis-privilege-checklist/

Cis Privilege Checklist
The Cisgender/Cissexual Privilege Checklist
Kudos to Peggy McIntosh for her White Privilege Checklist, inspirer of this list and all-around rad resource worth reading more than once. An older version of the cis privilege checklist is available at T-Vox.

Very frequently people like to direct other people to privilege checklists in order to “prove” to them the reality of that privilege. If that’s why someone sent you here, you have my sympathy–it’s obnoxious, isn’t it? So, before you read this list, check out some caveats, explanations, and definitions I’ve set up; they might make it a bit easier for you to read from the right headspace, and easier to understand.

So, for everyone: don’t quibble with privilege lists. If you read them from a standpoint of wanting to deny your privilege, you’ll come out having successfully denied it but learning nothing. Read sympathetically and think about it. If there’s something you want to refine, or make better, add, or something you want clarified, let me know. This list is subject to continual revision without notice.

I expect non-discrimination acts that apply to me to cover the most prevalent vectors of discrimination against me. I expect laws banning the creation of a hostile work environment will ban the use of offensive language about me.
I expect my government-issued identification to accurately represent who I am.
If my identification does not, I expect to be able to remedy this quickly and easily, without added expense, undue delay, arbitrary criteria, or a necessity to present evidence or medical documents. I expect change procedures/criteria to be clearly outlined in readily-available documentation, and for those procedures/criteria to be followed consistently, independent of the political beliefs and gender, racial, etc prejudices of individuals serving me.
I expect all my forms of identification to “match”—to display the same value in any fields held in common. If they do not I expect to be just fine, anyway.
My identification does not reveal private information that I may not want others to know.
I expect my private medical information to remain private if I am attempting to non-healthcare-related government services, or if I am involved in a lawsuit/criminal investigation that does not involve healthcare. If the government is making decisions based on my medical history, I expect the persons making the decisions to be medical professionals grounded in the relevant medical literature.
I expect access to healthcare.
I cannot be denied health insurance on the basis of my gender.
I expect that I will not be denied medical treatment by a doctor on the basis of my gender.
I expect that if I am treated inappropriately by a doctor, my concerns will be taken seriously, and I will be able to find another doctor who will treat me appropriately.
Treatments which are medically necessary for me are generally covered by insurance.
Treatments which permanently or semi-permanently change my body are available to me immediately, based on my informed consent, ability to pay, and, if applicable, medical need.
If I am accessing medical treatment, my informed consent is verified in, at most, a one-hour consult made before the beginning of treatment.
I expect that medical professionals competent to treat my conditions exist outside of major cities, and in proportion to the demand for them. I expect no undue delay in access to routine medical services, and for such services to be available (at least) five days a week.
I expect that the specialists in medical conditions affecting me have received formal training about them, and are abreast of current medical developments in the subject.
I expect that there exists formal training about medical conditions affecting me.
I expect that medical therapies offered to me have been the subject of rigorous medical studies & approval processes.
I expect that medical studies are being done to improve & approve treatments available for people with my conditions.
I expect that my access to medical treatment that I need and can afford will not be affected by:
My sex life
How much, how often, and with how many people I enjoy sex
Whether or not I am sexually stimulated by a mode of dress
What sex acts I enjoy
The gender(s) I am sexually attracted to
The story I tell about my condition
My adherence to gender roles
The length of time I have wanted treatment
My desire for a different, but related, medical treatment
My definition of my gender
The gender in which I live
My age, independent of parental consent
Local politics
Subconscious racial prejudice
The opinion of a therapist (other than the medical provider)
My willingness to accept side effects which could be avoided by lower dosages
My willingness to reveal my private medical information to the government, family members, employers, and friends
I expect that medical care will be crafted to suit my own particular needs. I expect to be able to access treatment A without accessing treatment B, if treatment B will do nothing to advance my particular needs.
I expect that I will be able to access medical care without lying.
Accessing respectful STD testing and reproductive care is (relatively) emotionally and logistically easy for me.
There is information about the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other diseases in my community.
Clothing works for me, more or less.
I am a size and shape for which clothes I feel comfortable wearing are commonly made
There are clothes designed with bodies like mine in mind.
If I am unable to find clothing that fits me well, I will still feel safe, and recognizable as my gender
If I have a restriction on what clothing I will buy (e.g. vegan, allergy, non sweatshop), I can expect that specialty stores will have them in my size/shape.
I expect my gender to not unduly affect my ability to travel internationally.
My gender presentation is legal in all countries.
I expect that information on a country relevant to travelers of my gender will be readily available, and supplied to me by travel guides, travel agents, and study abroad officials.
I expect that a visa and passport will be sufficient documentation for me to enter any country, however difficult these may be to obtain.
I expect that my documentation will decrease suspicion about me.
Information important for me to keep private will not be revealed by:
Pictures from my childhood
My identification
My diploma, transcript, or other educational document
The language used to refer to me
Greetings
Pronouns
Gendered relationship words (e.g. daughter, boyfriend*, father)
My legal name or previous name
My voice
Having a cold
Coughing, sneezing, yelling
Singing
Seeing me naked
Menstrual blood stains
Pregnancy (except re: how I/my partner got sperm in hir body)
My face and neck
Greetings, missives from people/organizations I have not contacted recently
Perception/acceptance of my gender is generally independent of:
Anything mentioned in 8.*
My clothing choices, how my clothing fits
My adherence to traditional roles of my gender (both “too much” and “too little”)
Holding sexist, sex-negative, or rape-culture beliefs
Holding feminist or sex-positive beliefs
My sexual choices/desires
With whom? (gender, number)
Frequency
Circumstance (marriage, love, one-night-stand)
What (e.g. penetrating/enveloping, fetishes, dominance)
Being assertive, aggressive, or passive
Being in a position of power
Being intellectual or not
My dietary habits
My weight
My height
My occupation
My musical taste
My hairstyle
My hobbies
Wanting gendered things/actions labeled “immature” or “childish”
Whether or not I have had a specific medical procedure
My willingness to risk loss of sensation in my genitals/chest
My financial resources
My willingness to accept an unknown amount of health risks
My ability to access treatment that is deliberately made hard to access (see 4.*)
Bodies like mine are represented in the media and the arts. It is easily possible for representations of my naked body to pass obscenity restrictions.
I expect the privacy of my body to be respected. I am not asked about what my genitals look like, or whether or not my breasts are real, what medical procedures I have had, etc.
Wronging me is taken seriously*
Those who wrong me are expected to know that it is hurtful, and are considered blameworthy whether or not they intended to wrong me.
I have easy access to people who understand that this wrong is not acceptable, and who will support me.
I have easy access to resources and people to educate someone who wronged me, if I am not feeling up to it.
If I am being wronged, I can expect that others who are around will notice.
I expect that a short term arrest (e.g. for protesting) will not have serious consequences.
I expect access to, and fair treatment within, sex segregated facilities
Homeless shelters
Domestic Violence shelters
Dormitories
Drug Rehabilitation
Prisons
Bathrooms
Locker rooms
Gyms
Hostels
Juvenile justice systems
Institutions and authority figures do not force me to adopt a different gender presentation, or deny me medical treatment.
Parents, foster care
Juvenile justice systems
Schools (all K-12 schools, some religious universities)
Drug rehabilitation
Nursing homes
Prisons
Hospitals/Mental Hospitals
Close relative/spouse unless otherwise specified, in the event of a medical emergency
Commonly used terminology that differentiates my gender from other genders/sexes implies that I am normal, and that I have unquestionable right to the gender/sex I identify with. The implications these terms make about my gender, my body, my sex, my biology, and my past are all acceptable to me.
The sex/gender dichotomy does not have consequences in my life.
Insistence on strict adherence to one interpretation of difference between “sex” and “gender” (if the dichotomy is used “accurately”) does not mean that different words should be used to describe me than adherence to another interpretation does (if ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are “conflated”).
“Accurate” use of these terms, when heard by people who subconsciously “conflate” them (i.e., all people), does not imply false or offensive things about me.
“Conflated” use of these terms does not imply false or offensive things about me.
I am not categorized differently if someone categorizes by “sex” when “gender” is more relevant. (e.g. my ID will read the same thing whether it says “sex” or “gender,” no matter how the authority interprets the dichotomy; I will have the same access to “sex” segregated facilities, etc.)
I expect no medical evidence to be necessary when changing my name.
For me, there is little-to-no conflict between being recognized as a member of my gender, and resisting sexism. (see #9)
My control of my body is independent of the good will of oppressive institutions.
Recognition of my gender is independent of the good will of oppressive institutions.
My gender is acknowledged universally, immediately, and without hesitation
My birth certificate, drivers’ license, social security card, etc are correct from the moment I get them.
I have no need to establish that I am a different gender than someone already thinks I am.
I lived my childhood in a gender that felt appropriate for me at the time, and still does. I lived my childhood in the gender that I want to have lived it in.
I was trained into whatever gender was appropriate for me, and so I am prepared to live in my current gender, without having to go back and learn vital skills I was not taught when I was young.
I experienced puberty, and being an immature girl/boy, at a time in my life when there were allowances for puberty and immaturity.
My preferences for my gender have been honored my whole life, by my doctor, my parents, my teachers, my professors, my relatives, my classmates, my bosses, etc., except before I was able to state preferences, when I was forced to adopt the gender which I now inhabit.
If someone is uncertain about how I am gendered, they are likely to use criteria that will influence them to choose the gender I identify with.
I expect be referred to respectfully without stating my preferences, or even being asked, no matter where I go, how I dress, or whom I’m talking to. If this does not happen, whatever level of anger I express will be acceptable, and I will expect the offense to be immediately corrected.
Regardless of my gendered behavior as a child, or how I felt about being forced into the gender I inhabited then, if I require medical treatment to keep up an appearance that matches my gender, it will be granted immediately and without question.
I have unquestioned access to all appropriate sex-segregated facilities.
My potential lovers expect my genitals to look roughly similar to the way they do, and have accepted that before coming to bed with me.
I expect the privacy of my body to be respected.
I expect to be able to shower at public facilities such as gyms and pools.
Others accept my control over when, whether, and how I talk about any given event/period in my life, according to what meets my needs and desires best. Others accept my determination of what events and periods in my life I wish to talk about or deem significant.
My gender, and my access to gender-specific services and medical care, are upheld no matter how important or unimportant I consider that to be. Even if I consider medical treatment to maintain an appearance matching my gender to be inconsequential, it will still be available to me, covered by health insurance. Likewise, even if I find the use of the appropriately gendered language about me inconsequential, it will still be taken as a serious, unproblematic need by others.
My right to inhabit my currently chosen gender is universally considered valid, regardless of my gendered behavior as a child, or how I felt about being forced into the gender I inhabited then. If I require medical treatment to keep up an appearance that matches my gender, it will be granted immediately and without question.
If someone else thinks I’m in the wrong bathroom, I am in no danger. When (or if) people mistake my gender, there are unlikely to be serious consequences.
 
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Wow so now I'm 'privileged' because I was born with a vagina and not had one
surgically created........
Get over your guilt.
And don't dare call me cisgendered.
 

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Can't stand this sensitivity bullshit. Basically a huge list of shit to bitch about when someone either intellectually corners you in an agument or denies you something based on their own choice(which they are entitled to, get over it).
 
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It's all about transexuals taking over everything- The Lesbian & Gay community the 'queer' community, the womens community.
And anyone who dares to question transexualism is labelled the WORST of all oppressors anywhere in any situation.
It's all about political correctness gone mad, liberal guilt.
No you can't use my taxes/money for your unnecessary surgery............
Cisgendered is a word that has been invented to label anyone who is not
transexual - ie anyone born with a natural penis or vagina or intersex folks.

I do speak from experience and have seen how transexuals & their rabid supporters have destroyed
& taken over communities.

Of course I will be now be labelled a transphobe for questioning the transexual industry as a whole.
The medical industry making big bucks$$$$$ -the psychiatry industry making big bucks$$$, etc.....
Young Lesbian & Gay folks are now under immense pressure to become transexual.....
in some cases being forced to become transexual (Iran & Russia)

Of course again no one wants question any of this cause it's the 'cool trendy new thing'.
Hate yourself ? - well just cut it off ! Don't question anything !
Don't question homophobia, woman hatred, male privelege, 'masculinity & femininity' etc etc etc.........
And totally trash & destroy anyone who questions you.........
 
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anyone who dares to question transexualism is labelled the WORST of all oppressors anywhere in any situation.
It's all about political correctness gone mad, liberal guilt.
No you can't use my taxes/money for your unnecessary surgery............

I do speak from experience and have seen how transexuals & their rabid supporters have destroyed
& taken over communities.

Of course I will be now be labelled a transphobe for questioning the transexual industry as a whole.
The medical industry making big bucks$$$$$ -the psychiatry industry making big bucks$$$, etc.....
Young Lesbian & Gay folks are now under immense pressure to become transexual.....
in some cases being forced to become transexual (Iran & Russia)

Of course again no one wants question any of this cause it's the 'cool trendy new thing'.
Hate yourself ? - well just cut it off ! Don't question anything !
Don't question homophobia, woman hatred, male privelege, 'masculinity & femininity' etc etc etc.........
And totally trash & destroy anyone who questions you.........
I agree with a lot of this. Synthetic hormones are so toxic to the body and the environment so having even more of them released into the water supply cannot be explained away as an issue of social justice. I can't completely blame trannies for being pressured into the decision to alter their bodies because our society is so hostile to anyone who deviates from gender norms. But creating a conformist culture that encourages unnecessary surgery in young people is not a solution to this problem. I would first blame the dominant paradigm that marginalizes people who don't fit in, but in this case marginalized people have taken on the same qualities as those they're criticizing through policing everyone's behavior. What I read of this little manifesto is obnoxious.
 

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yeah don't quibble, just believe whatever the leftists tell you. especially believe them when they claim to be anti-authoritarian.

sorry, i was going to read this but i don't really want to read anything that begins by telling me "leave your critical thinking at the door and believe this text unquestioningly".
 
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ok..... this is kinda neat.(much easier to read on the linked site)....at first i'm like "wtf is all this nonsense"....."too much dumb shit to read about some gay lesbian stuff"....(glad linda/ziggy explained what "cisgendered is s'posed to mean) but wait, i start reading through this list and am realizing some stuff that me, being a straight dude, might take for granted....like ya know as narrow-minded as it sounds i never gave two thoughts about what it would be like to have a dick but want to be identified as a woman,etc.... as in legally and socially and all....i mean in a nutshell what i get out of this is what a pain in the ass and emotionally unnerving and it must be to be transgender in our society .....i dont know, i got my ignorant opinions on all that stuff but i'm glad i saw this post....kinda sit back and realize the shit some people go through on a daily basis cuz of who they are ...................next stop: xbocax's "white priveledge" thread
 
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Fine.Hate me,hate my friends, but you know what? we fight for our cocks and pussies, We get beat to death over being ourselves, we are the last group of people its okay to hate. FUCK YOU . we will not stop,no more than your corporate control will. fuck your money,fuck your pseudo-rebellion. enjoy your status as the dominant 'alternative' .
 

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Fine.Hate me,hate my friends, but you know what? we fight for our cocks and pussies, We get beat to death over being ourselves, we are the last group of people its okay to hate. FUCK YOU . we will not stop,no more than your corporate control will. fuck your money,fuck your pseudo-rebellion. enjoy your status as the dominant 'alternative' .
pot calling the kettle black here? My corporate control, My money, and MY psuedo rebelliion? Hmm interesting. i completely agree that theres a struggle there and yes some have gotten beaten to death and i dont support any of that. i think all people have a right to be themselves and be respected as such. now with that said, if youre going to be a prick about it, What do you pay for that type of surgery with, coconuts? No, MONEY. who performs those surgeries? ur anarchist friends? No, Plastic Surgeons, a posterchild for everything thats wrong with our society to begin with! and as far as psuedo rebellion, changing your genitalia does not make you a revolutionary. id be more apt to stick up for you on this one if you werent being such an aggro hypocrite.
 
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the pip hath spoken. transgendered people are more important than anyone else. period. don't question it you ignant corporate fuck
 

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People who will post over and over again to defend an ignorant veiwpoint like "I'm not privileged" or "it doesn't matter if I'm privileged, I'm mad at you for bringing it up" are fucking idiots and need to get their shit together. Linda and plagueship and puckett and thisisme: Stop posting on this and the white privilege threads, and go read a book, or indymedia, or just go out into the real world with an open mind, then talk about how it's the person who brings these issues up who's fucked up, not you.
 
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it seems every traveler that isnt a white male preconceives that during traveling at some point they will be assaulted for their physical attributes
there in lye's privilege
 
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People who will post over and over again to defend an ignorant veiwpoint like "I'm not privileged" or "it doesn't matter if I'm privileged, I'm mad at you for bringing it up" are fucking idiots and need to get their shit together. Linda and plagueship and puckett and thisisme: Stop posting on this and the white privilege threads, and go read a book, or indymedia, or just go out into the real world with an open mind, then talk about how it's the person who brings these issues up who's fucked up, not you.
i never said that im not privileged in this regard, i realize that it is much easier to be a biological female than a transgender individual in this society. I support their struggle, but I am not society and pips comment was personally attacking me for being the dominant "alternative". i cant help being a biological female anymore than anyone whos transgender can help that. that sounds a bit hypocritical. Are you saying its ok to generalize and stereotype if youre the more oppressed, but not the other way around? id say that mindset is bad no matter what end of the spectrum you're on. im not saying anyone is fucked up for bringing up the issue im saying theyre fucked up for doing exactly what theyre complaining about.
 

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People who will post over and over again to defend an ignorant veiwpoint like "I'm not privileged" or "it doesn't matter if I'm privileged, I'm mad at you for bringing it up" are fucking idiots and need to get their shit together. Linda and plagueship and puckett and thisisme: Stop posting on this and the white privilege threads, and go read a book, or indymedia, or just go out into the real world with an open mind, then talk about how it's the person who brings these issues up who's fucked up, not you.

no no no, i totally agree. everyone who disagrees with you is an ignorant piece of shit.
 
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