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Boebert Dragged After Agreeing With Musk That Being Called 'Cisgender' Is Actually A 'Slur'

The MAGA Rep. was called out after tweeting her agreement with the Twitter CEO because she doesn't 'need a qualifier.'

Lauren Boebert'; Elon Musk
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Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert was criticized after she supported Twitter CEO Elon Musk's declaration that the term "cisgender" is a slur.

Cisgender refers to individuals who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.

It is a term commonly used in the LGBTQ+ community to distinguish between cisgender individuals and transgender individuals. The term is not meant to be derogatory or insulting but rather a way of acknowledging that not everyone identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Both Boebert and Musk failed to provide a proper explanation for why they think the term is offensive. Instead, they suggested the term is unnecessary and people should not have to acknowledge their gender identity.

Musk said he considers the term "cisgender" a "slur" in a post in which he expressed his opposition toward gender affirming care for transgender individuals on the grounds people "should wait until an individual is mature enough to make their own decisions before other adults make permanent, serious physical changes to them."

While Musk acknowledged the argument transgender people who do not receive gender affirming care "may never reach adulthood due to suicide," he nonetheless stated it "does not hold water if mortality is essentially unchanged."

You can see Musk's post below

Shortly afterward, Boebert responded with the following message:

"I’m with @ElonMusk, the word “cisgender” is ridiculous and a slur. I’m a woman. I don’t need a qualifier."

You can see Boebert's post below.

Boebert's statement she does not want anyone to acknowledge she is cisgender at all is particularly problematic.

It suggests she views cisgender identity as the default or normative experience and acknowledging other gender identities is unnecessary. This is a harmful perspective that reinforces gender stereotypes and limits the ability of individuals to express themselves authentically.

Many have called her out as a result.

Comments like the ones made by Musk and later Boebert suggest transgender individuals are mentally ill or abnormal.

Gender identity is a deeply personal aspect of a person's identity and should be respected and valued, regardless of whether or not it aligns with societal norms or expectations.

The term "cisgender" is not a slur, but rather a way of acknowledging the diversity of gender identities that exist. It's important to recognize and respect the experiences of transgender individuals and to use language that is inclusive and affirming.

Dismissing the term "cisgender" or denying the existence of transgender individuals only serves to perpetuate harmful stereotypes and limit individual expression.