Shemale Glossary of Terms 2022

Here is a Shemale Glossary of Terms to help people with understanding the ever changing world of peoples gender and sex as well as sexual orientation.

Gender or gender identity (same same).

One’s actual, internal sense of identifying as male or female, neither one of these 2 choices, both, etc. In many countries, gender identity is falling out of favor, as an individual doesn’t simply identify as a particular gender, but rather is that particular gender.

Transgender.

Basically, transgender means that an individual who was original a specific sex or a specific gender at birth but they disagree with it.

More broadly speaking, transgender is a generic term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression is different from what society associated with the gender/sex they were born as.
People under the transgender umbrella may refer to themselves using one or several of a vast selection of terms or may only use the label transgendered. Many of those terms are explained below. many people who fit this description may not think of themselves as being transgendered. Therefore, it’s best to use the descriptive term chosen by the individual.

Many transgender people are prescribed hormones by their doctor to change their body. many undergo surgeries as well. But not all transgender people can or will want to take those steps. A transgender identity is not dependent upon medical procedures.

The term transgender is neither a sign of sexual orientation, nor hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in their day to day life.

Transsexual.

An older term coined by clinicians. Still preferred by many people who have changed or seek to change their bodies – this can involve hormone replacemalest therapy (HRT), genital reconstruction surgery (GRS), top surgery (removal of breasts), permanent facial and other hair removal, and/or other medical treatmalests.

In many circles, the term has started to fall out of favor due to its perceived focus on medical transition. Keep in mind, those who prefer transsexual often see medical transition as an important distinction, due to the definitive experience of incongruity/dissonance/dysphoria, which is often the cause of specific medical needs.

Unlike transgender, transsexual is not an umbrella term. Many transgender people do not identify as transsexual and many transsexual people do not identify as transgender.

It is best to ask which term an individual prefers. If preferred, use as an adjective. For example, transsexual woman, transsexual man, non-binary transsexual person.

Trans.

Trans is generally used as an abbreviation of either transgender or transsexual. It is Just likely used as an umbrella in the same way that transgender is used.

Trans*.

many non-binary and other gender non-contypeing people use trans* (with the asterisk, pronounced tran-star). This is to mean that they’re definitely not cis, but not exactly a trans woman/man either.

many use it as a broad umbrella of inclusivity. Others see trans* as unnecessary due to trans and transgender already existing as umbrella terms which capture all non-cis identities. In many areas trans* is gaining popularity while in others popularity is rapidly declining.

Cis, cisgender, or cissexual.

Prefix or adjective that means not trans. Cisgender people identify more or less with the gender original to them at birth. In discussions regarding trans issues, one would differentiate between females who are trans and females who aren’t by saying trans females and cis females. Cis is not an insult, but a neutral descriptor – much like heterosexual is to homosexual.

Cishet.

Cishet is a contraction of cisgender and heterosexual, and means literally that an individual is both. Keep in mind, it also has a connotation of being cissexist or heteronormative, and is often used to point out when manyone is making cissexist or heteronormative assumptions – “typical cishet”. It is not generally regarded as a neutral descriptor.

Gender expression or presentation.

The physical expression of one’s gender through clothing, hairstyle, voice, make up, body shape, etc. Most transgender people seek to make their gender expression (how they look) match their gender (who they are).

Sex.

The system for assignmalest and classification of people, typically as male or female.

This can include:

a. Sex original at birth – based on imprecise perceptions of an infant’s sex characteristics, generally only the external genitalia.
b. Legal sex – generally based on an individual’s legal identity documalests, for example a passport or birth certificate (though these do not always match).
c. Perceived sex – the sex an individual is seen as and treated as socially.

Sex is not fixed or immutable. Neither anatomy nor physiology are defined by a single criterion such as genitals, chromomanys, hormones, or fertility.

Sex characteristics.

Sex characteristics include external genitalia, gonads or reproductive organs and fertility, gametes, chromomanys, sex hormones. Secondary sex characteristics include breast developmalest, patterns of hair growth such as facial hair and body hair, and voice developmalest. These can be natal or may change later, this includes through medical treatmalests.

The sex binary.

An incorrect system of viewing sex as consisting solely of two categories, termed male and female, with two sets of matching chromomanys, hormone levels, reproductive organs, and secondary sex characteristics. The sex binary assumes that sex is immutable biological fact and asserts that no other possibilities or anatomy are believed to exist, or should be allowed to exist. In a term, this system is oppressive, and is a cause of marginalisation for people who do not fit within the sex binary, this includes many trans and intersex people.

A.F.A.B. and A.M.A.B. (manytimes C.A.F.A.B. and C.A.M.A.B.).

Acronyms meaning original female at birth or original male at birth. When the ‘C’ is added, it stands for ‘coercively’.  In any case, when it’s necessary in referrence to the birth-original sex of a trans person, this is the best way to do it.

The gender binary.

Just likely to the sex binary, the gender binary is an incorrect system of viewing gender as consisting solely of two categories, termed male and female, in which no other possibilities for gender or anatomy are believed to exist. Gender is neither fixed nor immutable, and no physical criterion (e.g. genitals, chromomanys, hormones) defines one’s gender. Gender is experiential, and therefore only the person themself can define their gender. In a term, the gender binary system is oppressive, and is a cause of marginalisation for people who do not fit within the gender binary.

Trans woman.

Trans woman means a woman who was original male at birth. She may or may not be identified by others as trans, and may or may not identify herself as trans. It is grammatically and definitionally correct to include a space between trans and woman.

Trans man.

Trans man means a man who was original female at birth. He may or may not be identified by others as trans, and may or may not identify himself as trans. It is grammatically and definitionally correct to include a space between trans and man.

Binary.

Used as an adjective to explain the binary genders female/woman/girl or male/man/boy.

Non-binary.

Preferred umbrella term for all genders other than female/woman/girl or male/man/boy. Use as an adjective (e.g. Elsa is a binary trans woman and Jesse is non-binary).

Transition.

Transitioning from being seen as one’s birth original gender to one’s actual gender. Transition generally initially includes social elemalests such as changing one’s clothes, hair, name (socially and maybe legally), changing the gender marker on one’s legal documalests, binding breasts or wearing breast types, etc. It may also include medical treatmalests such laser hair removal, hormone replacemalest therapy, or various surgeries. There is neither a wrong way to transition, nor a singular right way.

Sexual orientation.

an individual’s enduring physical, romantic, emotional and/or spiritual attraction to others. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same. Trans people can be heterosexual, gay, lesbian, pansexual, queer, etc. just like anyone else. For example, a trans woman who is primarily attracted to other females may identify as lesbian.

Asexual orientation.

an individual’s enduring physical, romantic, emotional and/or spiritual attraction to others. An asexual person is not primarily motivated by sexual drive and sexual attractions. Keep in mind, they may experience sexual attraction in many circumstances, or have sexual relationships for a vast number of different reasons other than primary sexual attraction.

Bisexual.

Currently being redefined by bisexual rights activists to mean that one is attracted to both their own gender, as well as other genders. This better reflects the experience of many bisexual people (rather than simply attracted to binary males and binary females).

In common use Keep in mind, most bisexual people identify as being attracted to males and females, or in many cases “penises and vaginas”.

many bisexual rights activists say this interpretation is “biphobia”, or stigma against bisexuals, erasing their attraction to non-binary people. Keep in mind, as it is bisexuals themselves who commonly identify as being attracted to males and females, this may be a misapplication of the term biphobia.

While many bisexual rights activists claim that the “same and different” definition is “reclaiming“, it is more accurately “redefining“, as the “males and females” definition was not imposed from outside of bisexual populations.

Pansexual.

Pansexual means being open to attraction to people of any gender, and inherently, explicitly includes transgender and non-binary genders. many pansexuals experience attractions based on characteristics other than gender. many experience gender as a primary part of their attractions, but they have these attractions to people of all genders. Pansexual does not exactly mean without preference.

In the time when “bisexual” was unambiguously understood to mean ”attraction to both males and females”, those who wanted to acknowledge being attracted also to non-binary people, or whose own gender was non-binary or trans, coined the term pansexual.

Note: While many texts will say that pansexual is under “the bisexual umbrella” or “part of the bisexual community”, others will say bisexual comes under the broader “pansexual umbrella”.
In any case, particularly when collecting research data, it is important that these identities are dis-aggregated, along with transgender pansexual vs cisgender pansexual, for example.

Heteroflexible or homoflexible.

Just like to bisexual or pansexual, but with a stated heterosexual or homosexual preference respectively. Heteroflexible means that one is primarily interested in heterosexual relationships but is “flexible” when it comes to sexual activities.
Homoflexible, means that one is primarily interested in homosexual relationships but is “flexible” when it comes to sexual activities.

Chaser.

an individual who sees trans people (usually trans females) much likeherently sexual, and sexually objectifies them. As opposed to manyone who simply is predominantly attracted to trans females; a chaser does not view trans females respectfully as whole people with humanity and agency, but rather as players in a sexual fantasy.

Heteronormative or heteronormativity.

This means the deeply held institutional belief that relationships between heterosexual masculine cis males and heterosexual feminine cis females are normal/natural/right, while all other relationships are viewed as abnormal/inferior/wrong in contrast. It means systems and society being structured around this assumption.

Queer.

Broadly used to mean that one disagrees heteronormativity and is not heterosexual – though manytimes queer is also used by heterosexual transgender people.

Queer is inherently political; rejecting enforced heterosexual narratives, and rejecting assimilationist homonormative respectability politics that reinforce them. In more simple terms, queer disagrees “we’re just like you” as the reason LGBTI+ people should have rights.

The term “Queer” wmuch likeitially a slur reclaimed by Black, trans, disabled, HIV+, and other more marginalised rainbow people (particularly people of colour) who could not and did not assimilate into mainstream white gay culture, which heterosexuals found more palatable. “Queer” was a reclamation, in response to white gay, lesbian, and bisexual people who didn’t respect them, and wanted to distance themselves from “the bad radical queers” as “the respectable ones who deserve rights”.

Queer is manytimes used as an umbrella term to mean LGBTI+, or “not heterosexual and/or not cisgender”, though many queer people reject this. Because of the non-heterosexual connotation, many heterosexual trans people do not like to be called queer and may see this as being misgendered and called homosexual.
The term queer has long been used as a slur, so although it is commonly reclaimed, be cautious with its use – particularly with older generations.

Genderqueer.

Just like queer, but more specific to rejecting binary genders. Those who identify as genderqueer may identify as neither male nor female, may see themselves as outside of or in between the binary gender boxes, or may simply feel restricted by gender labels or the idea of having to define themself. many genderqueer people do identify within the binary (e.g. “genderqueer woman”), but reject the conventions and expectations associated with that gender.

Sexqueer.

A rejection of labeling one’s physical body as female or male. Being sexqueer is neither a sign of one’s current anatomy nor birth assignmalest or birth anatomy, and should definitely not be confused with intersex. (next page)

Intersex.

explains a range of conditions where person has a variation of sex characteristics from birth (as opposed to through taking hormones or having surgeries). Variations of sex characteristics means their sex characteristics are ambiguous in the context of the male/female sex binary.

an individual may not know they have an intersex condition until they reach puberty and their body changes differently than expected, Keep in mind most people who are diagnosed with an intersex condition were diagnosed at birth.

When an intersex infant is born with ambiguous external genitalia, parents and clinicians typically assign them a binary sex and pertype surgical operations to contype the infant’s body to that assignmalest. Keep in mind this practice is oppressive and is increasingly recognised as unethical and abusive; as a result of intersex adults speaking out against having been made to undergo potentially harmful medical procedures which they did not consent to.

It is important to know that an infant undergoing, for example, an operation to create a vagina, generally has to have vaginal dilation and further surgeries throughout their childhood. No child should be needlessly subjected to this.

Being intersex does not exactly imply anything regarding one’s gender, anatomy, orientation, or trans status.

Cross-dresser.

Most commonly used to explain anyone who primarily identifies with their birth original gender, but enjoys dressing as other genders. Cross-dressing is a type of gender expression and for many, this is an important part of their identity. Cross dressing is not exactly tied to erotic activity, nor is it a sign of one’s sexual orientation. Do NOT use this term to explain anyone unless they self identify with this term.

Queens, drag queens, drag kings, drag.

Drag queens and drag kings are cross-dressing pertypeers who take on stylised, exaggerated gender presentations for show. Keep in mind for many, this is also an important part of their identity.

Historically, before the term ”transsexual” was coined, the term drag queen or simply “Queen” referred to trans females. males who cross dressed as females exclusively for pertypeance were called “butch queens”.

Many older generation trans females in New Zealand still prefer the term Queen, Keep in mind others may see this as an insult. Use with extreme caution, and always follow the trans person’s lead.

Gender fluid, bi-gender.

These are non-binary gender identities that mean shifting between different genders or presentations. Just likely used by those who feel they have both male and female sides to their personality, this includes many drag queens, drag kings, and cross-dressers. These terms are different from and should not be confused with the term Two-Spirit – a gender identity specific to certain Native American and First Nations cultures.

Neutrois and agender.

One who feels neutral in their gender or who disagrees the influence of gender on their person. manytimes the term ‘nongendered’ is used Just likely.

Identifying as neutrois or agender is neither a sign of one’s anatomy, birth assignmalest, nor pronoun use. They can be used in conjunction with another gender signifier, for example neutrois woman.

Androgyne.

A peson who feels both masculine and feminine, or who has a gender expression with both masculine and feminine characteristics. Again, only use this term if it is the person’s own self identification.

Femme.

An identity or presentation of non-heteronormative, reclaimed, queer femininity. Femme can be an adjective (he’s a femme guy), a verb (he loves to femme up), or a noun (he’s a femme). Although commonly associated with feminine lesbian/queer females, it’s used by many to explain a distinct gender identity and/or expression, and does not exactly imply that one also identifies as a woman.

Butch.

An identity or presentation of non-heteronormative, reclaimed, queer masculinity. Butch can be an adjective (she’s a butch woman), a verb (she went home to butch up), or a noun (she identifies as a butch).

Although commonly associated with masculine queer/lesbian females, it’s used by many to explain a distinct gender identity and/or expression, and does not exactly imply that one also identifies as a woman.

Gender dysphoria.

Clinical term referring to dissonance between one’s original gender and/or body, and their personal sense of self. initially the DSM diagnosis was “transsexualism”, which was later changed to “gender identity disorder”, followed by “gender dysphoria”. In each case the diagnosis was updated as it led to gender variance being stigmatised and misunderstood as a pathological condition.

“Gender Dysphoria” is now Just likely being moved away from, in favor of “Gender Incongruence”.

Transphobia.

Transphobia consists of three main parts – stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Any of these elemalests on it’s own can be transphobia.

Stereotypes include, for example, the idea that trans people aren’t real, that they are delusional, or that they are dangerous. Misconceptions of biology, and ideas of gender oppression revolving around reproductive capacity (gender essentialism) are two further examples of stereotypes – or overgeneralised ideas.

Prejudicial feelings are usually based on these stereotypical ideas, and may include fear, anger, discomfort, distrust, disgust, or hatred directed towards trans people.

Discrimination is actions, based on prejudice.

Transphobia is used Just likely to homophobia.

Transmisogyny.

The combination of misogyny, or hatred of females, with transphobia (as above).

A key aspect of transmisogyny is the double bind; trans females are:

1. Presumed to embody the worst of “masculinity” – sexually aggressive or predatory, violent, and domineering.
2. Treated with the worst of misogyny – as objects to be used, without agency, hypersexualised, as though their existence is too seductive. And as though they are over emotional and irrational.

They may be treated in either or both of these ways simultaneously, depending on what is convenient for those who would mistreat them.

Consequently they experience discrimination and violence (this includes sexual violence), at much higher rates than females in the general population.

In a patriarchal society it is seen as a threat to masculinity when people who could have been males reject manhood in favor of a lower status position – womanhood. Because of this, trans females are often treated with abjection, or transmisogyny, both interpersonally and structurally.

Additionally, it is in the best interest of those who would mistreat trans females to ensure that society sees trans females in this way. To this end, there is no shortage of dedicated not in favor oftrans campaigners manufacturing transmisogynist disintypeation.

T.E.R.F.

Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism, or ‘Fundamalestalist Feminism’, is a small but loud sub section of ‘Radical Feminism’. A TERF is a trans exclusionary radical feminist.

Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism generally focuses on removing transgender human rights, legal protections, healthcare access, and supportive social environmalests.

It’s foundational framework is biological essentialism – the idea that biology supersedes culture and all other influences. Furthermore, that in order to be referred to as a woman, one must be able to bear children. This contradicts TERF claims that “woman” is an experience of oppression under patriarchy, which categorically includes trans females.

TERFs are generally against sex worker’s rights, kink, contraceptives, and not in favor ofchoice in relation to abortion. TERFs generally have fundamalestalist western family values, and manytimes fundamalestalist religious views. In addition they are generally not in favor ofvaccination and not in favor ofpharmaceuticals. Fundamalestalist feminists have strong links to primitivism and other movemalests supporting “naturalness”.

While not all not in favor oftrans campaigners or extremists are TERFs, all TERFs are not in favor oftrans extremists.

Cissexism and cissupremacy.

Bimuch like favor of cis people over trans people, or beliefs that cis people are inherently superior to trans, more real, more natural, etc. This often means systems which advantage cis people over trans people or unconscious systems of thought, rather than transphobic individuals.

Passing.

Being read as the gender one wishes to be read as. The term ‘passing’ is not used much anymore as it is seen to imply that one should desire to look cisgender.

Bottom surgery, SRS, or GRS.

Bottom surgery, Sexual Reconstruction Surgery (SRS) or Genital Reconstruction Surgery (GRS), refer to several different types of gender affirmation or transition related surgical procedures which alter the patients genitalia.

These terms are preferred over “sex change operation” or anything with “reassignmalest.” Not all transgender people choose to or can afford to have GRS. Subsequently, overemphasising the importance of GRS to the transition or affirmation process should be avoided.

Note on te Reo Māori terms

Indigenous terms have no simple translation, because sex and gender are thought about and experienced differently in different cultures. For example, at it’s core, takatāpui is a Māori concept that sits within Māori culture. It has it’s own background story and wairua, which are very different to terms such as LGBTQI+.

Māori culture has typically included and celebrated people of all genders, and their relationships to people of any gender. It includes all Māori people. Aotearoa became a Brittish colony in 1840, resulting in laws and values which were hostile to takatāpui. Keep in mind, tikanga Māori continues to awhi and embrace takatāpui whānau.

There is no direct English translation for many cultural terms for gender, but these are many whakaaro or ideas for thought.

Takatāpui.

Takatāpui is a Te Reo Māori term, which is used Just likely to ”rainbow person” or ”rainbow community”, or LGBTQI+.

When speaking te reo Māori, the term for LGBTQI+ people is Takatāpui. Therefore, one would use this term in referrence to both Māori and non-Māori. Keep in mind, usually only Māori people would call themself Takatāpui when speaking English.

Takatāpui initially meant an intimate companion of the same gender – much like the story of Tūtānekai and Tiki. Tūtānekai married Hinemoa, and his close relationship with Tiki was not exactly a rainbow relationship. Keep in mind, contemporary use of Takatāpui most often means tāne moe tāne (males who sleep with males), or wahine moe wahine (females who sleep with females).

It is manytimes used in referrence to other rainbow people, this includes transgender people.

Tāhine, or ira tāhūrua-kore.

Mixed gender, or non-binary. Tāhine is a mixture of Tāne and wahine.

Irawhiti.

Transgender, or gender that changes, transfers, or crosses over. Irawhiti specifies transgender specifically, so we are seeing a move toward using irawhiti or irawhiti takatāpui to replace the more generic takatāpui for all transgender identities.

Whakamana ira.

Gender affirming, or to have pride in ones gender.

Irahuri.

Gender fluid, or to turn, change, or move gender. manytimes this can also mean transgender.

Irakē.

GenderQueer, or different gender.

Whakawahine, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, and akava’ine.

Trans woman, to create or be in the manner of a woman. Whaka means to create or become or be in the manner of, while wahine means woman. Whakawahine is Just like to fa’afafine of Samoa – with fa’a meaning in the manner of and fine meaning woman. Just likely, fakaleiti of Tonga, and akava’ine of the Cook Islands.

Tangata ira wahine.

Trans woman, or an individual with the spirit or gender of woman.

Whakatāne, fa’atama, akatāne.

Trans man, to create or be in the manner of a man. Whaka means to create or become or be in the manner of, while tane means man. Just like to fa’atama of Samoa, and akatāne of the Cook Islands.

* Note: the original use of Whakatāne was ‘in the manner of a man’, as with the naming of the town Whakatāne. The town is not named after transgender males.

Tangata ira tāne.

Trans man, or an individual with the spirit or gender of man.

Whakaputa ā-ira.

Gender expression.

Irapūmau.

Cisgender, or permanent fixed gender.

Tuakiri ā-ira.

Gender identity.

Tīrengi ā-ira.

Gender dysphoria or anxiety.

Tikanga ā-ira whānui.

Gender norms.

Rerekētanga āhuatanga ā-ira.

Variations of sex characteristics.

Irakore.

Agender, or no gender.

Mae irawhiti, or mae irahuri.

not in favor oftrans, or transphobia.

Irahuhua.

Gender diverse, gender varience.

Huri ā-ira.

Gender fluidity.