Imagine gender as a planet.
All people grow up somewhere on that planet, most in Ladyland or in Manlandia. Lots of people are comfortable where they’re born and stay in that same area their whole lives. Some people, though, are citizens of Manlandia but are born in Ladyland. Just like in the real world, you can’t tell someone’s citizenship by looking at them, it’s very personal. As we get older we may want to move to a place where we are more comfortable.
cisgender If you’re most comfortable in the gender you were assumed at birth, that’s called cisgender.transgender Anyone who lives outside their expected gender land, crossing state lines, so to speak, could be said to be transgender.
Just colored the “gender planet” page, our extended metaphor to describe to folks how the words transgender and cisgender are typically used. I love this thought, and it was fun to come up with gender slash geography puns. Enjoy and please send any feedback our way!
-mel, the artist
New pages! Freshly inked and scanned. Let’s see how many I can color this week.
Enjoy and we welcome your feedback; remember these are rough drafts for our book.