Whipping Girl

Whipping Girl

A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Seal Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780786747917
0786747919
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Liber_vermis
Jan 11, 2017

This book is more like a collection of essays on trans and feminist themes rather than a memoir. The first chapter provides a definition of terms but, contrary to the author's assertion, this book would have benefited from a glossary of terms. Endnotes and a very brief bibliography are provided but a serious omission is the lack of an index.

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floy
Jul 04, 2011

As a longtime feminist, I learned a great deal from this book. The author is a scientist by profession but a philospher/political scientist at heart. I found myself questioning a great deal of my old notions about transsexuals and even questioned some of my old principles of feminism and femininity. Any book that gets you to think is good! I confess I didn't like the title but other than that I thought the book was excellent.

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Liber_vermis
Jan 13, 2017

"... When it comes to gender, "natural" is the ultimate trump card because it takes the relevant issues - privilege and prejudice - off the table and frames the very real and legitimate perspectives of sexual minorities as "unnatural" or "artificial", and therefore unworthy of any serious consideration. This is why [the author] prefers the term "cissexual". It denotes the only relevant difference between that [natural] population and those of us who are transsexual: Cissexuals have only ever experienced their subconscious and physical sexes as being aligned." (p. 174)

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