Check out our interview with Jessica Udischas, cartoonist of the Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls, a comic tracing the life and adventures of Jesska Nightmare, a young trans woman and her band of sidekicks. We talk The Simpsons, transmisogyny, Caitlyn Jenner and more.
by Melissa Brooks
Part I: Acknowledging your own cissexism
Although transsexuals have long existed, they have not long been at the forefront of public consciousness. While mainstream society is finally beginning to acknowledge and openly discuss trans issues, trans people remain very much marginalized and continue to be persecuted. Most cissexual individuals—those of us whose gender identity matches the one society assigned us—have such a limited understanding of the trans experience because we grew up learning limited definitions of gender, biological sex, sexuality and sexual orientation that fail to account for trans people. As a result, even the best intentioned among us inadvertently harbor cissexist ideas—the belief that transsexual genders are less legitimate than, and mere imitations of, cissexual genders.