Some of these definitions are believed understood by most people, but are so misused their meanings are taken as quite different things by different people. Here they are specific.
SR-71: Developed in the latter 1950s, was an ultra-high altitude Mach 3+ reconnaissance “spy plane,” the fastest plane to carry a human at the time, with a reduced radar cross section (semi-stealth); served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998. Joe was flight test engineer in charge.
U-2: Developed in the 1950s, was an ultra-high altitude reconnaissance airplane; Served for the Central Intelligence Agency of the U.S. and is one of the few to have served in the U.S. Air Force for over 50 years. Joe was flight test engineer in charge.
THE TWO APAs:
APA: American Psychiatric Association; publishes the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (See DSM below). Homosexuality used to be believed a mental illness. It was removed from the DSM in 1973 by APA convention vote. Sex and gender dysphoria issues should be removed, as well—we’ve no place in a manual of mental disorders. Gays aren’t sick, and we aren’t sick either. Where issues of suicidality, depression, etc., exist, they can be treated by their own inclusion. The APA is pathologizing us, making us seem mentally ill, included there for 3rd party reimbursement issues, for insurance company billings…and as such they’re voting themselves a pay check, like the other APA below.
APA: American Psychological Association. They acknowledge not all people agree with “transgender” (C) as an umbrella term, but, sadly, they state their support of it. Most out trans persons are transgender (B) or non-conforming, non-binary, so it’s not surprising the APA would seek to please its largest paying base, even if it means marginalizing transsexualism (A, a very small minority by comparison). Money has a lot to do with these things. My view is not uninformed; I am a licensed psychotherapist (now inactive).
BINARY: In trans populations, sex-and-gender binarism refers to society’s common assertion of a man / male or a woman / female; a stereotype of what is man / male or woman / female. In reality, our species is not binary, but the bimodal distribution is so steep, the distinctions so common and recognizable, that it’s thought of as “two” sexes. It is much deeper than this picture, but I haven’t yet found such a drawing.
CISNATAL: Same as birth or expectations resulting from birth, whether sex or gender; male now if male then; woman now if girl then.
CONFLATE: Combining two different things to make a new thing; two into one, grouped. Examples of sex / gender conflation confused are “My gender is female” or “…the same gender as the sex you were born…” Non-conflated: “My gender is woman”; “my sex is female.”
CULTURE OF SECRECY: Transgender / trans person sociopolitical movement hiding physical sex identity, genitalia, and sexual response as male or female, saying it’s offensive or private, warning and sometimes threatening reporters and people to collude—all as a misguided effort to promote transgenderism (B) by conflation, obfuscation, and subterfuge. Examples are here with Caitlyn Jenner and here with 7 examples of how we hurt ourselves with it.
DSM: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, edited by the American Psychiatric Association (see APA above); used as a list of mental disorders for reference, identification, discussion, and 3rd party payments to therapists from insurance companies.
FFS: Facial Feminizing Surgery, the process whereby a skilled surgeon can subtly trim underlying facial bone and also move relevant soft tissue to feminize a face.
GENDER (personage): masculinity or femininity; manly or womanly; man or woman.
GENDER (social role): Society accepting someone in a binaristic role of “gender,” as in man or woman, implying also possibly male or female.
GENDER BIGOTRY: In T sex-and-gender conflicts, intolerance for those who hold a different opinion; unwilling to accept diversity of thought as well as psychosexual issues; pressure to conform to the transgender paradigm; not unlike bigotry in other areas.
GENDER EXPRESSION: A person’s self-expression of gender, as masculine or feminine; womanly or manly (as opposed to sex expression as in genitalia).
GENDER IDENTITY: A person’s self-identity of gender. “I am a woman.” (Conversely, sex identity is, “I am a female.”)
GENDER ORIENTATION: Attracted to people of a gender; distinct from SEX ORIENTATION where someone is attracted to people of a sex. If sex and gender are two different things, then one may be sexually oriented to either sex or gender, and sometimes to those who are non-binary such as in gynandromorphophilia, herein.
GENDER REFERENCED SURGERIES: Gender-focused / sex-negative surgeries (for masculinity or femininity, such as breast augmentation, FFS…) that are also sometimes used to mean Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) while avoiding actually saying so—part of the Culture of Secrecy. These terms are popular with the transgender sociopolitical movement (C) because they avoid physical sex aspects of transition and are not specific. One can give the impression of saying one thing while saying another and claiming to be truthful.
- GAS: Gender Affirming Surgery
- GCS: Gender Confirming/Corrective Surgery
- GRS: Gender/Genital Reassignment/Reconstructive Surgery.
GENDER SUPREMACY: In T sex-and-gender conflicts, the supremacy of gender, playing down, hiding, or demeaning physical sex issues; unwillingness to accept diversity; pressure to conform to the transgender paradigm; to people on the butt end of that, as I am, it’s rather not unlike white supremacy in disrespect.
GENDER SWINGS: The overall presentation of gender—masculinity or femininity—can swing through decades of life, more noticeable when one has held gender presentation artificially to one side, when one has had a strong need, transitions earlier in life, when there are decades afterward in transition, and if she is not a public individual that requires presentations or is not involved in promoting gender issues. This may be seen in an MtF, such as me, as a false manhood before, ultrafem in Phase 1, notably less fem in Phase 2, and with Phase 3 later in life settling down into something in between that is more natural for the person.
GYNANDROMORPH: Someone who has characteristics of a woman yet who retains male genitalia; MtF transgender woman.
GYNANDROMORPHOPHILIA: Attraction to people who have womanly secondary sex characteristics (such as breasts) yet who have male primary sex characteristics (such as a penis); attracted to MtF transgenderism, gynandromorph above.
NSOC: National Security Operations Center, the NSA’s operation and time-sensitive SIGINT, signal intelligence. Information on the NSOC has been slowly disappearing on the internet, through the years. The NSA plays it down some; it’s highly classified. But it’s where I worked 1975-1977, Ft. Meade, while in the U.S. Navy, Naval Security Group Activity, NavSecGruAct, NSGA.
ORCHIECTOMY: Surgical removal of one or both testes. It happens a lot that transgenders will have an orchie so they can take fewer hormones to be feminized and because there is less bulk in the panties, easier to hide a penis, and then claim it was GAS, GCS, GRS…
PENIS: A male reproductive and sex organ.
SEX AND GENDER: Not the same thing.
SEX CHANGE: It is with great pain I share that biologic sex cannot yet be changed. It may be changed legally (where allowed), socially (where groups agree), and anatomically (per genital surgery for form and function).
SEX EXPRESSION of the body, with genitalia, as male or female, penis or vagina.
SEX IDENTITY: A person’s self-identity of a physical sex; “I am a female.” (Conversely, gender identity is “I am a woman.”)
SEX ORIENTATION: Attracted to people of a sex; distinct from gender orientation where someone is attracted to people of a gender. If sex and gender are two different things, then one may be sexually oriented to either sex or gender, and sometimes to those who are non-binary such as in gynandromorphophilia, herein.
SEX RESPONSE: How one responds, sexually; as a male or as a female responds. NOTE: I believe neurologic and is not changed by having SRS, a problem if D (below in the picture) where SRS is done for a secondary reason such as access to female-only areas, socially perceived “authenticity,” or such.
SRS: Sex Reassignment Surgery; replace the anatomical / form of genitalia of one sex with the other, as in to convert male genitalia to female or vice versa. People who wish to be specific or promote transsexualism as a separate phenomenon to reference SRS. People for whom gender is the salient issue—regardless of surgeries—and who dislike talking about T sex issues, tend to use euphemisms such as GAS, GRS, or GCS, above.
TRANS PEOPLE: The only real “umbrella” term for all trans people; any form of trans living, including trans sex, trans gender, and trans clothes. We are all trans, but we are not all transgender; should be the term for (C) as it fits all of us and allows phenomenological clarification.
(1) TRANSGENDER (phenomenon, “B” in chart): Demonstrated need to change gender, not physical sex. Almost all people who identify today as “transgender” are B. Virginia Prince, Ph.D. popularized it as “transgenderist” below. Most transgenders scream offense if “transgenderist” is used, because they want to hide the penis retained, and “transgenderist” includes it phenomenologically. It is not a dirty word; it’s a phenomenon with real people and should not be dissed.
(2) TRANSGENDER (political, “C” in chart): A political grouping one may hold, regardless of surgeries or trans status, that focuses on gender change for any trans person and obfuscates trans person sexuality, the opposite sexualities of transgenderism and transsexualism, and is part of the Culture of Secrecy engaged in social engineering based on obfuscation and subterfuge. Many of us feel hurt with emphasis on gender, when our own emphasis is on opposite physical sex / opposite sexual response—much deeper, more encompassing. A proper umbrella term for C is “Trans People.”
TRANSGENDERIST: To change gender not sex. As Virginia Prince, Ph.D. stated,
“…people like myself who have breasts and live full time as a woman, but who have no intention of having genital surgery. Others soon took the term and it is now used, erroneously I think, as a collective term for all the various degrees and kinds of cross-dressing. This leaves no simple term for describing those who have changed gender without a change of sex” (Gender Blending, 1997, p. 469).
“Transgenderist” and Dr. Prince’s self recognition and promotion of it have been disappearing on the internet lo these last 10 or 15 years, so I think it best I include this excerpt that mentions it before it’s all gone. Virginia is the shoulders upon which today’s transgender movement stands.
TRANSGENDER WITH AN EXTRA SURGERY: A false impression of transsexualism as seen from the outside with misunderstanding by someone who has a gender focus, as wrong as if one described a Christian as a Jew who worships a man. Misses the point entirely; Christians worship God. There is overlap, but it is a different religion. Also D on the chart above, who is gender-focused but has had SRS for some secondary reason, who is at risk to being dissatisfied or even seriously hurt by SRS if sexuality does not adjust long-term to functioning as the other sex.
TRANSPHOBIA: Hating, fearing, disrespecting, minimizing, marginalizing, avoiding or excluding trans people or our sexualities. Treating us that way is transphobic; cooperating with it is also transphobic. Most people are transphobic, feeling so about trans people or non-binary sexuality—and this applies to transgenders as well, per the transgender paradigm, where the focus is placed on gender, T sex issues, sexuality, or transsexualism are maligned or excluded.
TRANSSEXUAL: (A) on the chart. Demonstrated need to change physical sex, be the other binary. Pre-SRS diagnosis should be provisional, discarded if SRS is avoided. Gender is involved, but physical change of sex is salient, much deeper. SRS is needed, and if medical science were able, transition would include chromosomes and reproductive system as well.
VAGINA: A female reproductive and sex organ.