Twitter CEO Elon Musk said last week, “I regard cisgender as a slur,” and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) just said that she agreed with him.
“I’m with Elon Musk, the word ‘cisgender’ is ridiculous and a slur,” she wrote over the weekend. “I’m a woman. I don’t need a qualifier.”
Neither Musk nor Boebert, though, could explain why they believe the word is a slur, nor did either offer a respectful term that they would prefer to be used to describe cisgender people. In fact, Boebert explicitly said that she does not want anyone to acknowledge that she is cisgender at all, which makes it seem like her problem isn’t with the word “cisgender” itself but with the fact that she has to acknowledge that other kinds of people exist.
That is, pointing out that she is a cisgender woman implies that not all women are cisgender. She doesn’t like transgender people, as evidenced by her anti-transgender political positions, and that may be the real issue for her.
Some people agreed with Boebert – writing transphobic comments like “There is no ‘cis’ there is only ‘sane'” – while others mocked her.