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In a 1998 essay, sexologist [ Volkmar Sigusch] cites his own 1991 article "Die Transsexuellen und unser nosomorpher Blick" ("Transsexuals and our nosomorphic view") as the origin of the term "cissexual,"<ref name=volkmar/> which might be a precursor to "cisgender."
The terms cisgender and cissexual were used in a 2006 article in the ''Journal of Lesbian Studies'' entitled ''Debating Trans Inclusion in the Feminist Movement: A Trans-Positive Analysis''<ref name=green/> and in Julia Serano's 2007 book [ ''Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity''].<ref name=serano/> These works are attributed with the popularization of the term among English-speaking activists and academics.<ref name=popularity/>
A Google Trends analysis shows that interest in the term ''cisgender'' was virtually nonexistent in the years prior to 2010. After a gradual increase towards 2014, a sudden spike in interest can be seen in February 2014, and further occasional spikes along with a general increase in the years after.<ref name=gtrends/>
== Recommended reading ==
* [ A feminist critique of "cisgender"] by Elizabeth Hungerford
* [ The idea that gender is a spectrum is a new gender prison] by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper
* [ Am I cisgender?] by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper
* [ Neither cis nor TERF] by Robert Jensen
== References ==

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