Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

by Julia Serano
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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano

In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.

In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580056229
Publisher: Da Capo Books
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 160,801
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, activist, and biologist. She is best known for her 2007 book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, which garnered rave reviews—The Advocate placed it on their list of “Best Non-Fiction Transgender Books,” and readers of Ms. Magazine ranked it #16 on their list of the “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Her second full-length book, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, was a Publishing Triangle finalist for the 2013 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction. Julia's writings have appeared in over a dozen anthologies, and in magazines and news outlets such as the Guardian, the Daily Beast, AlterNet.org, The Advocate, Out, Bitch, and Ms. Magazine.

Serano's understanding of biology (she has a PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University and worked as a researcher at UC Berkeley for seventeen years) along with her life experiences as a transgender woman give her a unique perspective on gender and sexism, and her writings have been used as teaching materials in gender and queer studies, sociology, and psychology courses across North America. Visit her website at juliaserano.com.

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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Julia Serano plows a whole lot of new ground. She is not the 'Christopher Columbus' of this world, but she is certainly the first, most intellectual person to get here. I have been a Trans-woman for years, and she taught me worlds of information. This is an absolute must-read for anyone that is interested in learning about the trans world. It is NOT so different from the world you know. It is your world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read quite a few books on being trans, trying to figure myself out, but this is the first one I've ever read that really made me think this could be me. I love that the author's story is not conventional, and her theories about the difference between gender identity and inner sex are on point. Of course the book's primary purpose is to relate ideas about feminism in terms specifically about oppositional sexism and transmisogyny affect transpersons and the public in general. While these concepts aren't necessarily novel in and of themselves this is the first thing I've ever read that made feminism relevant to my life and easily could explain everything I've felt and seen in my own life. Highly recommended.
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Mireille72 More than 1 year ago
Julia Serano is incredible at describing the dangers of and prejudices against femininity. Men and women both tend to consider femininity frivolous when compared to masculinity, particularly in a trans perspective. That women would want to be men is understandable, because they are trading feminine weakness for masculine strength. But why a MAN would want to be a WOMAN and give up "his" power... She explains so much. As far as the genetic basis of it, I'm still not sure, but whether it is genetic or "choice" she really explains a lot. Props to Julia.