The Language of Confusion

Language is supposed to convey knowledge, or at least information. So when it conveys confusion, it causes a problem. I’ve been a bit confused about all the transgender language now being used, so I decided to research the terms and come up with a quick reference guide to help reduce the confusion. I’m not sure I succeeded, but here it is for your consideration.

The terms of Trans-Newspeak

Now let’s test your knowledge with a practical exercise.

Question A: What is a lesbian?

  1. A (cisgender) woman who is attracted to another (cisgender) woman.
  2. A trans-woman who is attracted to another trans-woman (also referred to as a homosexual male).
  3. A trans-woman who is attracted to a (cisgender) woman (also referred to as a heterosexual male).
  4. All of the above.

If your answer was #4, you are now culturally proficient in Trans-Newspeak, I think.

Question B: What is a queer?

  1. An umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or are not cisgender (not to be confused with a “+”).
  2. One of an unlimited number of genders as explained by quantum physics.
  3. Whatever a queer person says they are (undefined).
  4. All of the above.

If your answer was #4, congratulations again! Or maybe I should say I’m sorry I was not able to clarify it better. As Winston Churchill said, “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.”

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