Dear Street Carnage, I just learned about this “CIS” thing

On a recent walk through downtown Toronto – Canada’s hub for multicultural values and tolerance – I encountered an interesting sign. Outside an “anarchist collective” known as Bike Pirates, a chalkboard was adorned with the words “Sunday: We are Open for CisWomen and Trans Folks.”


Not being privy to the hip lexicon of today’s sexual warriors, I had to look up what “cis” meant on my phone. It turns out, people who think of themselves as boy or girl based on biology and anatomy – you know, science and common sense – are from here on out to be referred to as “cis.” And here I thought “man” or “woman” were adequate enough to convey that meaning. I guess my capitalist logic got in the way of that one.

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