Elon Musk Labels “Cis” And “Cisgender” As Slurs

In a recent act of defiance against gender ideology and its proponents, Twitter CEO Elon Musk has taken a firm stance by prohibiting the abusive and repeated use of the terms “cis” and “cisgender” on Twitter. This move comes as a response to an apparent campaign of harassment by LGBT activists targeting a critic of gender ideology.

It all began when co-founder of Thoughtful Therapists James Esses expressed criticism of the label “cis” in a tweet, stating his disbelief in gender ideology and his refusal to self-identify as such. He shared that the use of this term made him feel unsafe and made it clear that he would rather not be addressed that way.

“I formally and publicly declare that I reject the label of ‘cis’. I don’t believe in gender ideology. I don’t self-identify as ‘cis’. Using this term makes me feel unsafe and is demonstrative of your hatred towards me. Anyone who uses the term ‘cis’ to describe me is a bigot,” he wrote.

Triggered by the tweet, LGBTQ+ activists seized the opportunity to barrage Esses with messages, using derogatory terms such as “cis” and “cissy,” as well as accusing him of having a “cissyfit.” 

In response, Esses highlighted the hypocrisy of the situation, noting that if the roles were reversed, the outrage would be unimaginable.

Elon Musk came into the mix on Wednesday morning with a tweet that communicated his stance against Esses’ harassment. 

“Repeated, targeted harassment against any account will cause the harassing accounts to receive, at minimum, temporary suspensions,” he stated, adding that “the words ‘cis’ or ‘cisgender’ are considered slurs on this platform.” 

This decision by Musk garnered widespread support, with his post receiving over 147,000 likes and Esses thanking him for “standing up for reality.” Interestingly, co-founder of feminist publication Reduxx Genevieve Gluck shed light on the origin of the term “cisgender.”

She revealed that the term was first used by Volkmar Siguschin, a German apologist for children’s sensuality, in a 1991 publication.

Siguschin’s troubling beliefs, including his defense of exposing children to pornography and his belief that “there is nothing wrong with pedophilia,” have raised concerns about the origins of these terms.

Elon Musk, in reaction to the tweet about the source of the term “cisgender,” denounced Siguschin as a “contemptible creep” with serious problems. Musk’s comment suggests that the term “cis” should be disregarded due to its problematic association.

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling also weighed in on the conversation, labeling “cis” an ideological language, signifying belief in the unfalsifiable concept of gender identity.”

“You have a perfect right to believe in unprovable essences that may or may not match the sexed body, but the rest of us have a right to disagree, and to refuse to adopt your jargon,“ he added.

While it is unclear if Twitter will be handing any suspensions over the use of the denounced terms, its hateful conduct policy prohibits “targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category.”