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- 1 Basic concepts
- 2 Terms
- 2.1 AFAB
- 2.2 Agender
- 2.3 AMAB
- 2.4 Androgyny
- 2.5 Baby trans
- 2.6 Bigender
- 2.7 Boymode
- 2.8 Breast binding
- 2.9 CAFAB/CAMAB
- 2.10 Chaser
- 2.11 Cisgender
- 2.12 Clocking
- 2.13 Cross-sex hormone therapy
- 2.14 Deadnaming
- 2.15 Detransition
- 2.16 Drag queen/king
- 2.17 Dyadic
- 2.18 Egg
- 2.19 Facial feminization surgery
- 2.20 Femme
- 2.21 Ferris Argyle
- 2.22 Gatekeeping
- 2.23 Gender dysphoria
- 2.24 Gender euphoria
- 2.25 Gender fluid
- 2.26 Genderqueer
- 2.27 Gender Reassignment Surgery
- 2.28 Girlmode
- 2.29 Hijra
- 2.30 Hormone Replacement Therapy
- 2.31 Intersex
- 2.32 Masc
- 2.33 Monosexual
- 2.34 Non-binary
- 2.35 Neutrois
- 2.36 Packing
- 2.37 Passing
- 2.38 Pickles
- 2.39 Polysexual
- 2.40 Sex reassignment surgery
- 2.41 🛡️/⚔️/⚡
- 2.42 Spirogirl
- 2.43 Stealth
- 2.44 Transfeminine/Transfemme
- 2.45 Transfundamentalism
- 2.46 Transgender
- 2.47 Transgender hormone therapy
- 2.48 Transition
- 2.49 Transmasculine/Transmasc
- 2.50 Transmedicalism
- 2.51 Transsexual
- 2.52 Trans bashing
- 2.53 Trans man / FtM
- 2.54 Trans panic defense
- 2.55 Trans woman / MtF
- 2.56 Trigender
- 2.57 Truscum
- 2.58 Tucking
- 2.59 Two-spirit
- 3 Drugs
- 4 Slurs
- 5 TERF terms
- 5.1 Actual woman
- 5.2 Adult human female
- 5.3 AFAB trans woman
- 5.4 Agender as in atheist
- 5.5 🏁 (chequered flag emoji)
- 5.6 Clownfish
- 5.7 #DropTheT
- 5.8 #DropTheL
- 5.9 #DropTheB
- 5.10 Gender abolitionist
- 5.11 Gender Critical feminism
- 5.12 Gender ideology
- 5.13 Genderfree
- 5.14 Goody [name]
- 5.15 Handmaid/Handmaiden
- 5.16 Kweer
- 5.17 Lesbophobia
- 5.18 Male-Exclusionary Radical Feminist / MERF
- 5.19 Male violence
- 5.20 Peak trans
- 5.21 Rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD)
- 5.22 🟥 (red square emoji)
- 5.23 🕸️ (spiderweb emoji)
- 5.24 Terfragette
- 5.25 #TheyCallMeTerf
- 5.26 Trans agenda (or Queer agenda)
- 5.27 Trans rights are men's rights
- 5.28 Trans Rights Activist (TRA)
- 5.29 Womyn/Wombyn
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Sex assignment at birth
Sex assignment at birth refers to the sex that an observer declares the baby to be shortly after birth. The doctor (or midwife, or whoever else is present) examines the infant and declares "It's a boy!" if a penis is present or "It's a girl!" if a vulva is present. In the case of certain intersex conditions, one may not be able to make that call, as the genitalia of the infant may be ambiguous.
A breakdown of the terms and abbreviations involved:
The terms "AMAB" or "AFAB" are generally preferred over the terms "female-bodied/male bodied" or "anatomically male/anatomically female", or "biologically male/biologically female", as these terms automatically assign a gender to certain body parts, and do not take into account the possibility that the individual in question may have undergone surgery to change their genitals. "Genetic male" or "genetic female" are also incorrect terms, as certain intersex conditions can be caused by having a XY karyotype (combination of chromosomes) but be born with a vulva/uterus, or have XX karyotype and be born with a penis/testicles. For further information on some intersex conditions: XY gonadal dysgenesis (Swyer syndrome), XX male syndrome (De la Chapelle syndrome), XXY male (Klinefelter syndrome).
People with vulvas are declared to be "girls", and are thus "assigned female at birth" (AFAB) or "female assigned at birth" (FAAB).
Agender is an identity of not having a particular gender.
People with penises are declared to be "boys" and thus "assigned male at birth" (AMAB) or "male assigned at birth" (MAAB).
Androgyny is gender ambiguity.
A trans person who has recently discovered that they're trans, or a trans minor.
Bigender is a gender identity that consists of two genders.
When a trans person presents as male.
When a person uses a binder to hide their breasts or make them less noticeable.
An abbreviation of the phrases Coercively Assigned Female/Male At Birth, a variation on AFAB/AMAB which conveys the view that gender assignment is arbitrary but still strictly enforced.
A person who seeks to date trans persons solely because they are trans, especially in a fetishistic and dehumanising manner.
A cisgender is a person whose gender identity matches their assigned sex.
Cross-sex hormone therapy
The offensive act of using the name a trans person's used prior to transitioning, whether in social contexts, official documents, media/online, or explicitly as an attack on a trans person. While it might sometimes happen accidentally among friends/relatives, it is considered harmful and demeaning because it can be a rejection of a person's identity as trans and an attack on their attempt to transition and the reality of their gender identification.
Detransitioning is the cessation or reversal of a transgender identification or gender transition.
A drag queen is (usually) a man who dresses as a women often in elaborate costume and makeup for performance. It is a theatrical tradition common in gay clubs and other venues, that often includes dancing, lip syncing, live singing, and "reading" (humorously putting down) other performers and audience members. A drag king is a woman dressed as a stereotypical man, often with facial hair, leather or formal suits, and fake penises (packing). Although often done by LGBTQ people, drag artists are not necessarily transgender and many performers are cis or non-binary when offstage.
Anyone that isn't Intersex.
A transgender person before such person recognizes themselves as trans or who is about to recognize themselves as trans.
Facial feminization surgery
Facial feminization surgery is plastic surgery that makes faces more feminine. This procedure aims to emphasize the somatic traits of women including (but not limited to): hairline, brows, nose, jaw. 
Short for feminine. Also french word meaning "woman".
The lengthy process of obtaining access to HRT medication that might be more or less influenced by the belief of some medical professionals that a person "is not truly trans" because they don't fit some specific sexist stereotypes, or they have a sexual orientation towards the "wrong" gender.
Gender dysphoria is the state of dysphoria (displeasure, disapproval) one feels from not conforming to their identified gender. It also occurs when a trans person is identified with the wrong pronoun.
The state of euphoria (pleasure, approval) one feels from being affirmed in their gender identity.
A gender identity that changes over time e.g. a gender-fluid person may be a boy on Mondays and a girl on Sundays.
A genderqueer person is someone who doesn't fully identify on the gender binary (man or woman), but on a continuum between those two.
Gender Reassignment Surgery
Alternative wording for sex reassignment surgery sex reassignment surgery
When a trans person presents as female.
A term for traditional third gender cultures in the Indian subcontinent, with a long history and increasing legal recognition as a separate gender; some are intersex or eunuchs but others are neither. There are many other names in different languages and cultures including Kinnar or Kinner in India and Khawaja Sira in Pakistan.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
See drugs section, below.
Intersex refers to any biological ambiguity of an animal or human's sex from "chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals".
Contraction of the word "masculine".
The term monosexual refers to sexual orientations that involve sexual attraction towards one gender.
Packing is the practice of making a bulge in one's groin to emphasize one's masculinity and relieve body dysphoria for transmasculine people. Packers run the gamut from wadded-up socks to realistic silicone likenesses of genitalia.
"Passing" is when a trans person is assumed or perceived to be cis, or their preferred gender. "Passing" is reliant on many different factors and it is not possible for all trans people to always pass at the expense of affirmation surgery and hormones, as well as document changes, and the difficulty of making a clean break from pre-transition life. Because of this, passing is often conditional or temporary.
Trans women are known to enjoy eating pickles because of the salt cravings spiro causes. Not all trans women eat pickles on spiro, but it's common enough to be a meme.
The term polysexual refers to sexual orientations that involve sexual attraction towards multiple genders.
Sex reassignment surgery
Surgery that involves changing one's primary and secondary sexual characteristics to become the opposite sex.
The shield emoji is used in bios or names on Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media sites to signal opposition to truscum or transmedicalist beliefs, to counter the crossed swords emoji and/or lightning bolt emoji(s), which are used to signal support for truscum or transmedicalist beliefs, as a reference to (and often specifically to signal that one is a fan of) Kalvin Garrah and/or Storm Ryan, respectively.
A spirogirl is a trans woman who takes spironolactone.
"Going stealth" means living like your preferred gender completely with nobody (or almost nobody) knowing that you're trans. In effect, nobody knows or sees you as anything but a cisgendered person. This often may include breaking contact with most or all of your pre-transition relatives and friends. Going stealth is not possible for all trans people since it requires being able to pass completely.
A catch-all word for people with a gender identity "more feminine" than that assigned at birth. This is inclusive of trans women and AMAB non-binary people, as well as intersex people assigned as such at birth who undergo transition. It covers far more than the term "MtF", and is independent of transition status. One can also talk of a "transfeminine transition" which can refer to any steps a transfeminine person may take in transitioning. The word is more of a direction than a state, hence why it can include such a large number of groups.
A longer word for truscum: those who seek to divide trans people into "real" and "fake/wannabe".
An umbrella term for people whose gender identity isn't the one typical of their sex assigned at birth.
Transgender hormone therapy
Transgender hormone therapy is hormone replacement therapy meant to bring a trans person's secondary sexual characteristics closer to their true gender.
Transitioning is process where a trans person changes their gender presentation over time. It may or may not involve doing HRT.
A catch-all word for people with a gender identity "more masculine" than that assigned at birth. This is inclusive of trans men and AFAB non-binary people, as well as intersex people assigned as such at birth who undergo transition. It covers far more than the term "FtM", and is independent of transition status. One can also talk of a "transmasculine transition", which can refer to any steps a transmasculine person may take in transitioning. This word is directional in a similar manner as the word transfeminine.
Those who believe trans people must seek medical intervention and/or that only people medically diagnosed with gender dysphoria are "really" trans.
An outdated term for binary transgender people who specifically undergo HRT and SRS. The term is being abandoned in favor of the more inclusive transgender, but it's still used among truscums, anti-trans activists, and people in countries where the term still has widespread use.
Trans bashing is verbally, physically or sexually abusing a trans person.
Trans man / FtM
Trans panic defense
Trans woman / MtF
A term (pronounced "true scum") used to describe transgender people who are transphobic towards those who are "less transgender" than them. For example, towards non-binary people, or transgender people who don't desire to undergo sex reassignment surgery, or trans people who haven't experienced gender dysphoria. In a sense, they are TERFs trapped in a transgender person's body. While originally used as an insult, the term is sometimes used as a self-description by those who consider themselves gatekeepers of trans, and who are otherwise known as transfundamentalists or transmedicalists.
The act of hiding one's penis between their legs to appear to have a vagina. The act may result in negative health consequences, so it should be used with caution.
Two-spirit is a term used by some Indigenous North American peoples to describe gender-variant people in their communities.
Cyproterone acetate is an anti-androgen used in hormone therapy (as well as to treat other conditions such as prostate problems and acne). Because of fears of liver injury it is not used in the US, where spironolactone is instead used; however studies linking cypro with liver problems have been criticised and the link questioned.
Progesterone is a primarily female hormone that enhances breast growth and can lead to improved mood and counteract the decrease in libido from anti-androgenic medications.
Spironolactone is a steroid that has medical uses, although it's not normally given to men because of its feminizing side effects. It's the main effect if you're a trans woman because it suppresses testosterone. It's known to cause salt cravings. It an anti-androgen used in the US as an alternative to cyproterone acetate.
Want to lose all of your trans friends? Refer to them as these terms.
Chicks with dicks
A slur used to describe trans women without SRS. It is a common term in the pornography industry.
Someone who likes to dress up as the opposite sex. Both terms are mostly used to imply that trans people are perverts. However, some cisgendered individuals do cross-dress without any malice and it is fine to refer to them specifically as cross-dressers.
A slur used to insult trans men.
A slur used to insult trans women.
Referring to people with "it/its/itself" pronouns is offensive in general, since these pronouns are used to refer to inanimate objects (or non-human animals), but these are more often used to mock trans people. Some non-binary people use these pronouns, however, it is very rare.
A slur used to insult trans people.
SCAM is a TERF slur against trans women standing for "Surgically and Chemically Altered Male". Nowadays, TERFs are far more likely to use the slur "TIM" (Trans Identified Male). In addition, during incredibly rare occasions in which TERFs remember that trans men exist too, they use the slur "TIF" (Trans Identified Female).
Some TERFs like these terms because they sound like nicknames for Timothy and Tiffany, respectively, and since MtT (Male-to-Trans) and (Female-to-Trans) actually imply some real change is happening.
A slur used to insult trans women. It is a common term in the pornography industry.
A sissy is someone who practices sissification, a kink in which a submissive male dresses in ultra-feminine and/or "slutty" clothes and is then sexually humiliated. It doesn't have anything to do with sexuality or gender identity, however, the term is sometimes used as a slur against gay men and trans women.
While neither term is necessarily derogatory in nature, these terms are used almost exclusively in pornography. Using either of these will creep out trans people and make you look like a shithead.
Like the previous term, it isn't necessarily derogatory. However, most trans people prefer synynoms such as "being transgender", as the terms "transgenderism" and "transgenderist" are primarily used by transphobic people (often to imply that being transgender is an ideology instead of a state of being).
A derogatory term for a transgender person. Usually used to attack trans women. In the past, this term has been used within the transgender community, e.g., the "Tranny Fest" film festival, which has since been renamed the "San Francisco Transgender Film Festival".
Trap is a slur, unfortunately very popular within anime fandoms. The term almost always refers to non-op or pre-op trans women, and was originally based on the idea that trans women are just men disguised as women to have sex with men, and that dating (or merely being attracted to) a trans woman somehow makes one gay, because being gay is somehow bad. Keep in mind that because of this way of thinking, many people will refuse to enter relationships with trans people or will even murder them. The term is sometimes used non-maliciously by trans women or by feminine cross-dressers.
Blend of "trans" and "loon" used to insult primarily trans women.
A list of dog-whistles and other terms used by TERFs (and/or general transphobes).
Self-description by TERFs, because they think they get to decide who's an actual woman and who isn't.
Adult human female
Either presented as a dictionary definition of "woman" or as a self-identification or self-description, this is used by transphobes in the apparent belief that it excludes trans women who are (in their minds) not real women, while also suggesting that trans people are not mature adults or somehow subhuman. Anyone who claims to be an "adult human female" is probably a TERF.
AFAB trans woman
An incoherent set of labels that is used to misgender trans men as women and trans women as men.
Agender as in atheist
🏁 (chequered flag emoji)
The chequered/racing flag emoji is a dogwhistle often used by TERFs in their bios or names on Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media sites. It supposedly represents the idea that there are only two sexes, like a racing flag features only black and white checks. Emerged around the same time as "genderfree".
Clownfish are sequential hermaphrodites. This means that male-to-female sex changes are a natural part of their reproductive biology. Clownfish schools are lead by a female. When this female dies, the dominant male changes sex and takes her place, becoming a fertile (i.e. egg-producing) female. TERF references to clownfish are intended to mock and otherize trans women, suggesting that the idea humans can change sex is absurd because humans are not fish. (This, of course, conflates gender with sex, something TERFs do a lot.) It's also a reference to the TERF myth that trans women are out to "erase women."
A movement where its proponents argue dropping the 'T' from LGBTQ. This movement is not exclusively adopted by TERFs.
Since the evil gays and bisexuals didn't want to throw trans people out, some lesbians have proposed of
going their own way separating themselves from the GBTQ community.. Increasingly echoed unironically by trans people and other members of said community in response to the hostility and protectionism sometimes found among (cis) lesbians.
Often used as a dog whistle for TERFs. The reasoning is that gender is "just" a set of stereotypes, and that it shouldn't matter. Only sex assigned at birth should matter. Therefore it's fine to discriminate and stereotype based on the latter. Note that the expression is however sometimes used by well-meaning individuals as well.
Gender Critical feminism
A euphemistic slang term invented by TERFs to refer to their hateful mindset. In fact, many TERFs falsely claim the term "TERF" is a misogynistic slur. This is not new or unique behavior, many white supremacists will insist that "anti-racist is a code word for anti-white" and insist on being called "race realist."
A new euphemism(April 2019) that TERFs have started using to describe themselves, implying that gender is a set of stereotypes, should not matter, and the only thing that matters is sex assigned at birth.
"Goody" was the short form of "Goodwife," an archaic honorific used to address women in England, Scotland, and Colonial America up until the 18th century. It was roughly equivalent to the modern "Ms." or "Mrs." TERFs use it before their own surnames or account names (e.g., "Goody Rowling") as a reference to Goody Ann Glover, who, in 1688, was hanged as a witch in Boston, the last person to suffer such a fate in the city. The insinuation is that TERFs are also innocent women being persecuted by a misogynists.
A cisgender woman who supports transgender rights. Also used by SWERFs to describe women who support sex workers. Taken from the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid's Tale, in which handmaids are fertile women forced to bear children for powerful men in the Republic of Gilead, a patriarchal, totalitarian Christian theocracy.
Ironically enough, Margaret Atwood likely qualifies as a "handmaid" in the eyes of TERFs, given that she acknowledges trans women are women, and believes they should be allowed in women's restrooms. She might also be labelled a "handmaid" by SWERFs for the apparent disdain for anti-porn feminists shown in the The Handmaid's Tale. In the novel, feminists campaign against porn because they view it as a threat to women, unwittingly helping lay the groundwork for a cultural shift that allows religious extremists to overthrow the U. S. government and turn the country into a brutal theocracy.
It is also worth noting that the type of biological essentialism advocated by TERFs has historically lead to policies that oppress women (notably abortion and contraception bans) rather than the ostensibly feminist utopias they're seeking.
While discrimination and fear of lesbians do exist, this is more often used by TERFs as a dog-whistle against male-to-female transgender people, and it is also often used to gatekeep trans women from women's spaces.
Male-Exclusionary Radical Feminist / MERF
A TERF way to describe themselves as radical feminists. This also goes under the TERF mindset that "trans women are men."
A transphobic dogwhistle that is used to include trans women as part of crimes that male criminals committed. Oddly, this excludes trans men, if they even remember that they exist.
The event or statement that, according to a TERF or other transphobic person, made them become such. An attempt was made by trans people to repurpose/steal the hashtag, but it did not gain significant traction in the long term.
Rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD)
Rapid onset gender dysphoria is, essentially, the idea that Tumblr, Reddit and similar sites are turning teens (especially girls) trans, teens that had not previously displayed any signs of being transgender. Naturally, this became a favourite among TERFs and other transphobes, who saw it as "proof" that the Trans Agenda™ is turning kids trans. All evidence for the existence of ROGD is one hilariously bad "study" which, among other things, didn't include said kids.
🟥 (red square emoji)
Another dogwhistle used by TERFs in their bios and names on Twitter. It indicates that the user opposes letting trans women use women's washrooms and shelters, co-opting the "no means no" slogan used for decades by anti-rape campaigners.
🕸️ (spiderweb emoji)
Another dogwhistle used by TERFs in their bios or names on Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media sites. It specifically indicates that the user is a member of Spinster.xyz, a "women-first social network" better understood as the TERF version of Gab.
The spider emoji (🕷️) is not a TERF dogwhistle. It is used as a tribute to UK judge Brenda Hale, who once famously wore a very large spider brooch. However, since transphobia is endemic in the UK, there is significant overlap between those who use the two emojis.
A new hashtag that spawned sometime in 2019 as a way for TERFs to fight back after being called out for being transphobic.
Trans agenda (or Queer agenda)
- Confuse, trick, and make cis people uncomfortable
- Invade cis people's bathrooms
- Feminize men
- Erase the meaning of "woman" by letting trans women use the term "woman"
- Turn cis lesbians into straight women and then replace lesbians with "fake" trans lesbians
- Destroy lesbianism by pushing young AFAB individuals into calling themselves "non-binary", "trans men", "queer", "pansexual" instead of the classical "lesbian"
- Cause a genocide of homosexual people, by pressuring them to transition, like in Iran
Meanwhile, trans people's real agenda is to lower the suicide rate for trans people, and reduce gatekeeping.
Trans rights are men's rights
This term is used to smear transgender women and activists as men's rights activists. It is a play on the term "trans rights are human rights."
Trans Rights Activist (TRA)
Alternative spellings of "Woman" used to avoid ending the word with "-man". However, these are primarily used by TERFs. Because these terms are often associated with TERFs, the term Womxn was created.
- Laverne Cox lambastes ‘deadnaming.’ What is it and why is it a problem? by Allyson Chiu (August 14, 2018) The Washington Post.
- What Is Deadnaming?, Healthline
- See the Wikipedia article on Drag queen.
- The beard, the breasts and the bulge, Salon, 23 Jun 2003
- [ https://deschamps-braly.com/congratulations-youre-beautiful-but-are-you-feminine-facial-feminization-ffs/] (September 09/17/2018) Deschamps-Braly.
- See the Wikipedia article on Hijra (South Asia).
- Truscum, SJ Wiki
- This is what i wish people who identify as ‘truscum’ would try to understand, Sam Dylan Finch, Let's Queer Things Up, July 14, 2018
- Oestrogen and anti-androgen therapy for transgender women, Vin Tangpricha and Martin den Heijer, Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2017 Apr; 5(4): 291–300. Published online 2016 Dec 2. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(16)30319-9
- See the Wikipedia article on Estradiol (medication).
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- The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) (2011). "Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "Endocrine treatment of transsexual persons: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline". The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 94 (9): 3132–54. September 2009. PMID 19509099.
- "Spironolactone with physiological female steroids for presurgical therapy of male-to-female transsexualism". Archives of Sexual Behavior 18 (1): 49–57. February 1989. PMID 2540730.
- See the Wikipedia article on San Francisco Transgender Film Festival.
- TERF Warning Signs to Look Out For, Michea B, Medium.com, Aug 10, 2018
- Woman billboard removed after transphobia row, BBC, 26 September 2018
- #DropTheL petition
- #DropTheB on KnowYourMeme
- "Margaret Atwood: ‘When did it become the norm to expect a porn star on the first date?’", Irish Times
- "Margaret Atwood: 'I am not a prophet. Science fiction is really about now'", The Guardian