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transgender +‎ -ism


transgenderism (usually uncountable, plural transgenderisms)

  1. The state of being transgender. (See usage notes)
  2. (offensive) A purported ideology behind transgender identities, trans activism and trans rights movements. (Compare homosexual agenda.)
    • 2014 August 5, Michelle Goldberg, “What is a Woman?”, in The New Yorker[1]:
      The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism.
    • 2012 May 29, Sheila Jeffreys, The Guardian[2]:
      Let us be free to debate transgenderism without being accused of 'hate speech'.

Usage notesEdit

  • The term is common in science and social science literature, but is little used by the trans community; GLAAD says the term is primarily used by anti-transgender activists, and recommends synonyms like "being transgender".[1] Julia Serano agrees that it has been appropriated by transphobic authors in recent years and used as though it referred to an ideology rather than a state of being; she does not consider it offensive per se but notes that it has started to be objected to.[2]


See alsoEdit


  • Oxford Dictionaries, [3]