Terms and definitions
Many people who are associated with Susan's, and those who visit for support, and or information encounter various term and definitions or are just curious about how we refer to ourselves or the correct term to use. The following is the list of terms and definitions generally accepted and used on Susan's web site.
An inclusive umbrella term which covers anyone who transcends their birth gender for any reason. This includes but is not limited to Androgynes, Crossdressers, Drag kings, Drag queens, Intersexuals, Transsexuals, and Transvestites.
An androgynous person; An androgyne is a person who does not fit cleanly into the typical masculine and feminine gender roles of their society. Many androgynes identify as being mentally "between" male and female, or as entirely genderless or the Third Gender.
Being neither distinguishably masculine nor feminine, as in dress, appearance, or behavior.
A person who wears the clothing of the opposite gender, but has no desire to permanently change their sex. There is generally no sexual motivation for the cross-dressing.
Performers/entertainers, usually gay women or transgendered men, who dress in "drag," clothing associated with the male gender, usually highly exaggerated versions thereof. Drag kings often do drag to perform, singing or lip-syncing and dancing, participating in events such as gay pride parades, cabarets, discotheques, and other celebrations and venues.
Performers/entertainers, usually gay men or transgendered women, who dress in "drag," clothing associated with the female gender, usually highly exaggerated versions thereof. Drag queens often do drag to perform, singing or lip-syncing and dancing, participating in events such as gay pride parades, cabarets, discotheques, and other celebrations and venues.
A person born with the full or partial sex organs of both sexes; with underdeveloped or ambiguous sex organs; a sex chromosome karyotype other than XX or XY; or sex hormone receptor problems which prevent normal absorption of Estrogen or Androgens. Intersexual persons may seek to make their body as congruent as possible with the preferred sex through surgery and hormone treatments.
For the purpose of this site, someone close to a person who is transgender. This may be a mother, father, son, daughter, sister, brother, family member, husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, or friend. In society it is used as a gender-blind, politically correct term to refer to a person's partner in an intimate relationship without disclosing or presuming anything about his or her marital status or sexual orientation.
The terms 'third gender' or 'third sex' describe individuals who are categorized, by their will or by social consensus as neither a man or a woman. The term "third" is usually understood to mean "other"; some anthropologists and sociologists have described fourth, fifth and even some genders.
A person who is mentally one gender, but has the body of the other. They desire to live and be accepted as a member of the mental gender, this is generally accompanied by the strong desire to make their body as congruent as possible with the preferred sex through surgery and hormone treatments.
A person who wears the clothing of the opposite gender, and has no desire to permanently change their sex. There is generally a strong sexual motivation for the cross-dressing.
Transsexuals who have had surgical procedures to make their body as congruent as possible with their preferred sex. For MTF transsexuals this is generally considered to be after Genital surgery (GRS, orchiectomy, and/or penectomy), for FTM transsexuals it is generally considered to be after top surgery.
Transsexuals who desire to to make their body as congruent as possible with their preferred sex, but have not yet had the surgical procedures for whatever reason.
Non-ops are identified from Pre-ops on the basis that they either would not have the surgery even if they could, or on the basis that some medical, psychological, or other condition prevents them from completing the surgical process.
Slang is the use of informal words and expressions to describe an object or condition. Slang is vocabulary that is meant to be interpreted quickly but not necessarily literally, as slang words or terms are often a metaphor or an allegory. Slang is sometimes regional in that it is only used in a particular territory. Slang terms are frequently particular to a certain subculture, such as musicians, and members of minority groups. Nevertheless, usage of slang expressions can spread outside their original arenas to become commonly used, such as "cool" and "jive". While some words eventually lose their status as slang, others continue to be considered as such by most speakers. In spite of this, the process tends to lead the original users to replace the words with other, less-recognized terms to maintain group identity.
Those who identify with the transgender community are not imune from having slang terms accociated with them. Some may be endearing or embraced while others are considered to be derogatory, or offencive to transgendered people.
The following terms are considered to be slang as not all are embraced by the transgender community. While there are those within the community who embrace these terms, many find them to be repulsive and inappropriate.
- A short form used to refer to Transvestites. Many feel the term is derogatory, some do not.
- Chick with a dick
- This is an old phrase used primarily in sex industries to refer to a person who appears to be female, possessing both breasts and male genitalia. While not derogatory on it's own, the most common context is either of a sexual or discriminatory nature.
- This is typically used as either derogative for a homosexual male, or to make an allegation about ones sexuality. It is also used as general insult.
- Ladyboy (Girly boy)
- Thought to have originated in Thailand where feminine boys in the various clubs in Thailand dress as women and provide sexual favors to the clientele. They are very convincing and usually their true gender is only revealed when undressed.
- (sometimes she-male) is a usually derogatory term for a person who appears to be female, possessing both breasts and male genitalia.
- The term, along with tranny, ladyboy and others, is often used in sex industries to refer to a pre-operative transsexual who have not had sex reassignment surgery; although the industry is known to advertise catering to customer's interests. Less frequently, it is used to describe intersex people.
- Many people within the LGBT communities, particularly transgender individuals, consider the term offensive. However, like many potentially derogatory labels, some have adopted the term as an endearment or as a form of self-empowerment. A term that probably popularized in the pornographic industry.
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