The F-Word bloggers’ position on transphobia and cissexism.

// 13 September 2009

As a collective, The F Word blogging team have decided to put together a statement clarifying this blog’s position on transphobia and related discrimination against trans people. Trans women in particular have historically been, and continue to be, marginalised and discriminated against within feminism, both as a result of widespread ignorance and discriminatory attitudes towards trans people in society as a whole, and due to the specific dismissal of trans rights and identities by some* feminist theorists and movement leaders. We believe this is unacceptable: transphobia has no place in feminism.

While our comments policy makes it clear that transphobic comments will not be published, we recognise that this has been insufficient to ensuring trans people feel as welcome to participate in The F Word as cis people. We have therefore drawn up a few guidelines and explanations to help all the members of this community – including ourselves – ensure that The F Word does not alienate or exclude trans people. We do not view this document as a one-stop solution to transphobia and exclusion on this site, rather as a starting point; we envisage that by having this framework in place, we will be able to better deal with and challenge transphobic attitudes and so make The F Word a safer place for trans people who wish to read, comment on and contribute to the site.

We would appreciate it if readers could take the time to look through the statement, and have included links for further reading if you are interested. All feedback is, as ever, very much welcome.

Please note that we will be moderating all comments in line with the statement.

*We are not endorsing the intro here, but the link includes some examples of Germaine Greer’s statements about trans people in The Whole Woman.

Comments From You

zak jane keir // Posted 14 September 2009 at 2:02 am

I do apologise if this has been covered as I have only had a brief look but:

Cis – is it Sis or Kis? (or Siz or Kiz?)

Laura // Posted 14 September 2009 at 10:43 am

Hi zak, it’s ‘sis’.

monty // Posted 14 September 2009 at 12:45 pm

Julie Bindell is another who indulges in transphobia

polly styrene // Posted 15 September 2009 at 7:48 am

As a UK blog, it’s a pity you linked to a “cis privilege” checklist which is based on (as far as I can see) US law. There is extensive legal protection for (some) trans people in the UK. This only applies to those who meet the legal definition of ‘undergoing gender reassignment’ it’s true – which leads to the anomalous position that if you’re a non gender conforming person who doesn’t wish to undergo *reassignment* in a binary gender system you’re not at all protected currently ih terms of employment rights etc.

However as a UK based blog, surely you should be aiming to reflect the position in the UK?

Laura // Posted 15 September 2009 at 11:30 am


We have been unable to find a UK cis privilege checklist, but if you know of one please do send us the link.

TFW does of course aim to reflect the position of trans people in the UK and we hope to do so in future posts on trans issues. However, this post and the statement are simply aimed at setting out some basic guidelines for anyone, however they self-identify, who wishes to take part in these future discussions, not at initiating discussions on cis privilege and laws related to trans people’s status and identity in the UK. The US cis privilege checklist is included along with other suggestions for further reading simply to help readers understand the concept; it is not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive description of how cis privilege functions in the UK.

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