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Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism

Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism

by Julia Serano

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In her third book Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism, Julia Serano chronicles her own personal evolution and the many shifts in transgender activism that have occurred since the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a personal history of where transgender activism has recently been, and a passionate & insightful analysis of where it should head in the future. This collection compiles forty-eight of her previously unpublished and difficult to find trans-themed writings, including her early slam poems and spoken word, essays and manifestos written contemporaneously with her acclaimed books Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, plus her recent work addressing differences within transgender communities and activism. These pieces are augmented with thoughtful introductions and interludes that contextualize the issues at hand and previous periods in transgender activism. Combining elements of memoir, historical account, gender theory, and activist philosophy, this book is a must for anyone who has appreciated Serano's previous books and/or has an interest in transgender identities, experiences, perspectives, and progress.

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BN ID: 2940153815992
Publisher: Julia Serano
Publication date: 11/10/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 587 KB

About the Author

Julia Serano is a true Renaissance woman: a writer, performer, musician, activist, and biologist. She is best known for her books Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (which Ms. Magazine ranked #16 on their list of the 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time) and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive (which was a finalist for the 2013 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction). Her latest book, Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism, was just released in November, 2016. Julia’s other writings have appeared in over a dozen anthologies, and in magazines and news outlets such as TIME, The Guardian, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Bitch, AlterNet, Out, Ms., and Salon. Her books and essays are regularly used as teaching materials in gender studies, queer/LGBTQ studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and human sexuality courses across North America. In addition to her writing and activism, Julia has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Columbia University, and spent 17 years as a researcher at UC Berkeley in the fields of genetics, and evolution and developmental biology. She sometimes writes silly, surreal, sex-positive fiction under the pen name Kat Cataclysm, and creates and performs noise-pop music under the moniker *soft vowel sounds*. More information regarding all of Julia’s creative endeavors can be found at

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part 1: Performance and Poetry; 1. Vice Versa; 2. Ophelia Revisited; 3. Either Or; 4. Scared to Death; 5. Small Blue Thing; 6. Class Dismissed; 7. Super Hero; 8. Book Worm; 9. Introduction to Draw Blood; 10. Cocky; 11. Sleeping Sickness; 12. Mix and Match; 13. Endgame; 14. Period Piece; 15. Draw Blood; 16. Open Letter to Lisa Vogel; 17. Fighting Words; 18. Cherry Picking; 19. San Francisco Bay Area Trans Performance and Activism; Part 2: Articulating Trans-misogyny; 20. Her Own Femme; 21. Frustration; 22. Questionable; 23. Finally; 24. Trans-misogyny Primer; 25. Whipping Girl FAQ on Cissexual, Cisgender, and Cis Privilege; 26. 96 Percent; 27. Talking Past One Another; 28. Blog-Born-Blog; 29. Empowering Femininity; Part 3: Pathological Science Revisited; 30. Psychology, Sexualization, and Trans-Invalidations; 31. Stop Sexualizing Us!; 32. The Beauty In Us; 33. Reconceptualizing "Autogynephilia" as Female/Feminine Embodiment Fantasies; 34. Trans People Are Still "Disordered" in the DSM-5; 35. An Open Letter to The New Yorker; Part 4: Communities and Disparities; 36. Bisexual Does Not "Reinforce" Anything; 37. A "Transsexual Versus Transgender" Intervention; 38. Baby Talk; 39. First Date; 40. Elders;41. Contagious; 42. In Defense of Partners; 43. Desirable; Part 5: Differences of Opinion in Trans Activism; 44. Considering Trans and Queer Appropriation; 45. A Personal History of the "T-word" (and some more general reflections on language and activism); 46. On People, Polarization, Panopticons, and #ComplexFeelingsAboutActivism; 47. Cissexism and Cis Privilege Revisited-Part 1: Who Exactly Does "Cis" Refer To?; 48. Cissexism and Cis Privilege Revisited-Part 2: Reconciling Disparate Uses of the Cis/Trans Distinction; There is No Perfect Word (a Transgender Glossary of Sorts); Notes

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