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assigned female at birth.



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What does

AFAB mean?

AFAB stands for “assigned female at birth.”

When a person’s gender identity is different from the female sex they were assigned at birth, for example, they might share that they were AFAB.

How is AFAB pronounced?

[ ey-fab ]

What are some other forms related to [AFAB]?

DFAB, “designated female at birth”

Where does

AFAB come from?

Sex and gender are not the same thing. That means the sex label (male/female) traditionally put on babies when they’re born doesn’t always match up with a person’s gender identity.

AFAB (and AMAB, “assigned male at birth”) were created to help describe the difference between sex and gender, especially as a way people whose gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth.

How is

AFAB used in real life?

Sex assignment at birth is made using biological markers, such as chromosomes and the presence of sex organs. Someone who is assigned female at birth, or AFAB, will typically have two X chromosomes and female genitalia, but as they grow up, they may identify as trans or two.

More examples of AFAB:

“While AFAB or AMAB may be useful for describing different trans or non-binary experiences (like whether or not someone experiences/has experienced male privilege), they are generally not considered identities in and of themselves. Calling a transman “AFAB,” for example, erases his identity as man. Instead, use a person’s requested pronouns and self-description.”
—Emilia Marcyk, Rainbow Round Table News, March 2017

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” #transawarenessweek #translivesmatter #transgender #transrightsarehumanrights #wontbeerased #translove #mtf #ftm #amab #afab #thisiswhattranslookslike
—@HavenPromos, November 2018


This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.

What are they? AFAB/AMAB Definitions

The last couple decades have seen widespread acceptance of the singular pronoun “they,” and terms like “agender,” “gender non-conforming,” and “gender-expansive.” The queer lexicon continues to grow everyday to encapsulate different experiences. Up until recently, FTM and MTF, acronyms that mean “female-to-male” and “male-to-female,” were used widely in queer circles to categorize transness. Today, those terms have largely been replaced by the more precise and affirming AFAB and AMAB, meaning “assigned female/male at birth,” which can be applied to anyone regardless of gender identity.

And while these descriptors are used primarily in queer and gender-expansive spaces, they’re inching their way into the mainstream, giving people of all orientations new ways to explore their gender identity.

Ready to expand your own gender vocabulary? Read on for everything you need to know about the terms AFAB and AMAB.

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What does AFAB/AMAB mean?

AFAB/AMAB stands for “assigned female/male at birth” and refers to the moment a person, usually a medical professional, determines the sex of a baby by examining the genitalia, either in an ultrasound or once the child is born.

“When we talk about assigned female/male at birth, the focus is on the assignment. It’s the fact that something is being assigned to you from without,” says Lucie Fielding, sex educator and author of Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments.

Terms like MTF and FTM are now thought to be insufficient because they “assume that you started out in one gender,” Fielding says. That if you were deemed “biologically male” or “biologically female” at birth, your gender at one point aligned with that assignment.

Claudia Johnson, a relationship, intimacy, and sex therapist, says this distinction is important because “biological sex is one thing, and gender identity and expression is another.”

Fielding also notes that “[MTF and FTM] cut out non-binary gender identities or agender identities,” while AFAB and AMAB apply to almost everyone regardless of how you grew to identify or express your gender.

Related terms:

  • Pangender
  • Bigender
  • Demigender

Where did AFAB/AMAB originate?

According to Johnson, AFAB and AMAB are newer iterations of CAMAB (coercively assigned male at birth), “a term coined by trans women to express the violence of being forced against their will into a male gender role.” CAMAB appealed to intersex activists who also related to the term and adopted it for themselves. From there, trans folks developed AFAB/AMAB.

Johnson says these terms are the product of an intentional shift in the last 16 years away from binary restraints. “There has been an investment in studying gendered linguistics without focusing on the binary, or at least to move away from gender normativity,” she says.

According to Fielding, AFAB/AMAB is hardly a final destination within trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive communities.

“Some folks are really comfortable with [AFAB and AMAB] and really like them, and some of us are already looking for the next term that will be more nuanced and that will allow more people to feel seen and heard and held,” she says.

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Should I use AFAB/AMAB? How is it different from “cis”?

Technically, just about everyone falls into AFAB or AMAB. “And on top of that you can identify as trans, non-binary, cis,” agender, or anything else, Johnson says.

But AFAB/AMAB itself is not a gender. As Fielding says, it’s not a noun; you wouldn’t say “I am an AFAB” or “I am an AMAB.” It’s a descriptor that asks everyone to consider their relationship with gender.

“To talk about AFAB and AMAB is to say, ‘Hey wait a minute, let’s take a step back,’” Fielding says. “‘Cis woman’ is not a different gender from ‘trans woman,’ it’s just that when we say ‘cis’ we’re trying to make a point that everyone has a relationship with gender.”

“‘Cis’ is an activist term that’s not supposed to create another binary but really just say that everyone has a relationship with gender,” Fielding continues. “And many of us have complicated relationships with gender.”

Why should I care about AFAB/AMAB?

Terms like AFAB/AMAB further distinguish biological, assigned sex from lived and expressed gender. They draw attention to what Johnson and Fielding see as the absurdity of categorizing people at birth and conscripting them to the narrow roles and expectations of a gender.

“Society is slowly starting to recognize that biology does not dictate gender identity,” Johnson emphasizes.

AFAB, AMAB, and similar terms offer us new ways of thinking about gender expansiveness.

“It’s important that we create new terms,” Fielding says. “We’re not trying to make people’s lives more difficult, we’re simply trying to make life more nuanced.”

She continues, “A lot of times, we come up with language that categorizes people. That’s instituting a power dynamic, and so often power dynamics are unseen. When we create new terms—when we nuance language and rhetoric—we are giving ourselves ways of interrogating power and deciding, ‘Is this who we want to be?’”

Emma Glassman-Hughes

Emma Glassman-Hughes (she/her) is a freelance writer for Cosmopolitan and a part-time editor at the Boston Globe. She was formerly a staff writer at Elite Daily, where she covered sex, intimacy, and queer topics. She is a graduate student at Boston University, where she’s pursuing a master’s in journalism with an emphasis on narrative and investigative reporting. She has a Twitter but her website is way more fun. 

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Abuse (abuse) is a concept that has collected all types of violence of one person in relation to another: physical, psychological, emotional, etc.

Upskirt (upskirting) - a form of sexual crime, peeping / photographing under women's skirts - forced voyeurism, sexism, objectification.

Afab (Assigned female at birth) is the person listed as female on the birth certificate. Amab (Assigned female at birth) - the same as a man. That is, in the future, this person could change his identity.

Body-positive (body-positive) is a movement for the right to feel comfortable in any body and change your body at your discretion in any direction.

Body shaming - condemnation of the body, physique of other people.

Bulling - aggression from the team towards the person, verbal, psychological and physical.

Victim blaming - blaming the victim, transferring responsibility for what happened to her.

Gaslighting (gaslighting) - a type of psychological abuse, during which a person is forced to doubt his memory and adequacy.

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Gendergap (gender_gap) is an underscore character used to indicate a space between the main part of a word and its ending, serving the purpose of equalizing all genders and identities.

Gender binary - a system in which there are only two biological sexes, excluding intersex people.

Intersex - persons born with sex characteristics that do not match the typical definition of a male or female body. (They are called hermaphrodites in politically incorrect language)

Queer (queer - queer, extravagant) is a collective term used to refer to sexual and gender minorities who do not conform to a heterosexual or cisgender (in politically incorrect language - "traditional") identity.

Queschening (questioning) - a person who has not decided on his gender identity or sexual orientation.

Classism (classism) - discrimination of people on the basis of their belonging to a social class. nine0004

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Rape-culture - everything that justifies or legitimizes rape and violence against a woman. Thus, the phrase "all women want to be raped" and princes in fairy tales kissing sleeping princesses without their consent are all different aspects of the same rape culture.

"Sticky floor" is a term meaning that women stay at the top of the hierarchy longer than men. nine0004

Lookism (lookism) - discrimination based on species (a broader concept than body shaming, because you can stigmatize, for example, for clothes or use phrases like "ugly girl").

Mansplaining (mansplaining) is a condescending explanation coming from a man, something to a woman, where condescension is argued by the fact that women do not understand the essence of the issue from the very beginning.

Menspreading (manspreading, from the English man - “man” and spread - “scatter (s), spread (s)”) - the habit of men to spread their legs while sitting in public transport. A form of disrespect for women, as it makes it uncomfortable for them to sit or they cannot sit in the next seat at all. nine0004

Misandry (misandry) - hatred of men, but differs from misogyny in that it is less reprehensible, because: 1) not systemic, 2) most likely caused by traumatic personal experience.

Misogyny (misogyny) - systemic hatred of women, manifested in discrimination, sexual objectification, violence, etc.

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Male gaze (male gaze) is the practice of displaying the world from the position of a heterosexual male, used in various media, films, programs, etc.

Neo-sexism Denial that all women are discriminated against.

Devaluation - refusal to recognize the importance of something or someone.

Objectification - the perception of a person (in particular, a woman) as an object or product.

Pansexual A person who is sexually or romantically attracted to all genders, regardless of combinations of secondary and primary sex characteristics.

Pan phobia (pan fobia) - discrimination against pansexuals.

Person is considered more inclusive than human because not all personas identify as human.

Polyamory is a belief system in which it is acceptable to have more than one partner in a relationship. nine0004

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Sexism - discrimination against women on the basis of sex. (Reverse sexism does not exist because the privilege is always given to masculine qualities, not feminine ones)

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Sexual objectification - the perception of a woman by a man as a sexual object.

Skinny-shaming - discrimination based on weight, oppression of the thin.

Slut-shaming - condemnation of a woman for sexual behavior or desires.

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Trigger warning - a warning about a description of something that can cause discomfort or a panic attack: murder, rape, blood, hunger, oncology, insects.

Phallocentrism - Jacques Lacan's term, which denotes a patriarchal order, where the phallus is a sign of privileged masculinity


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Hippitting (from the English "he" / "he" and "repeat" / "repeat") - a situation where a woman makes a judgment, she is ignored, then a man repeats the same thing, and he is noticed.

Hate speech (hate speech - "hate speech") - statements about any identity in an offensive way.

Cisgender (from Latin cis - one-sided and English gender - sex, gender) - gender identity, in which the gender of a person coincides with sex in the binary system (a person with a member, identifying himself as a man - cisgender; a person with member who identifies as a woman is a transgender person). It is incorrect to say “transgender”, since this is a description of a person, but not always her indigeneity. nine0004

ableism - discrimination due to health characteristics.

Ageism - age discrimination.

Ecofeminism is a movement based on the idea that the oppression of women and the destruction of nature are closely related.

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