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

, social-theory, own-physical, nonfiction, queer, non-fiction, 2019, grsm-lgbtqia, exploring-gender-in-non-fiction, non-fiction, everyone-must-read, twenty-first-century, hear-me-roar-and-gender, gender, trans-gender-sexuality, social-justice, non-fiction, fab-13, feminism, gay-gay-gay, queer-stuff, transgender, trans, dnf, Nonfiction, Feminism, GLBT, LGBT, Gender, Social Movements, Autobiography, Politics

A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her 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. 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 activist must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms.

Title:Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781580051545
Format Type:

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

  • Trevor

    I was talking to Lorena about this book – Lorena is my go-to person for all things gender related. She lived as a lesbian for many years and so knows stuff I can’t even guess at. I told her that t...

  • Thomas

    I loved this feminist book and learned so much from it. In Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a lesbian transgender activist with a PhD in biochemistry, writes about how our society's fear of femininity lea...

  • Sarah

    This book has two halves, one of which I loved and one of which was pretty terrible. The parts where she discussed, analyzed, and criticized transgender issues from terminology to medical processes we...

  • Carl Vine

    This book opens with a quote by Audre Lorde and, near the end, it references bell hooks to explain living as people on the margins. The latter example was the only time a woman of color living in 'whi...

  • Julian

    COMPLETELY AWESOME IN EVERY WAY. Gender analysis and theory that is somehow not wanktastic and jargony, is fresh, clear, and not all bogged down in a bunch of agenda driven bullshit, and based on the ...

  • Max

    wildly self indulgent, often incoherent, manages to make some pretty colorful topics incredibly boring. odd and offensive takes on feminism. talks a lot and says very little worth refuting. i get it- ...

  • TJ

    There are things I love about this book, mostly Serano's more personal writing, and some of the writing about her experiences on estrogen are beautiful/heartbreaking. All of her writing on hormones fe...

  • Sarah Cavar

    A foundational, essential text for anyone in queer / trans / feminist studies — watch the terminology our generation considers second-nature be born before your very eyes. It’s illuminating to wat...

  • Zanna

    I failed to distinguish personal interpretive note-making from writing for an audience here, and wrote too much about this book to fit into the space. The full review-summary is in three parts here:Pa...

  • Sherwood Smith

    I am beginning to wonder if "It's good to be cis" parallels "It's good to be rich." Being rich makes all these other problems of life invisible--you want something? You get it. Or you order someone to...