My goal, is to educate those who are willing to learn about my community. Having open and honest conversations is the best way to do this.
Recently, I've had 2 people ask me what Cisgender meant. First, there are many opinions regarding labels- some people like 'em, some don't. What I have come to realize is you must have some sort of labeling system to understand different things. Here's a simple example. If you ask someone to pass you a tool, you could get a hammer or a screwdriver. Now, many people have learned to use a screwdriver to hammer something, but that's not my point! :) If you need a specific type of screwdriver you need to label it- phillips or flat head. These are the times labels are important. We label people to understand a little more about them. Unfortunately, people have used labels to discriminate and belittle others in society for ages.
Now, when we talk about the term Cis or Cisgender- this essentially is anyone who IS NOT transgender. A woman, who was born a woman (assigned female at birth), and lives life as a woman is a Cis woman, Cis female, Cisgender. A man, who was born a man (assigned male at birth), and lives life as a man is a Cis man, cis male, Cisgender.
I can't tell where this term came from, but it is a way to understand the differences in people. I hope this helped you just a little bit!