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 observation - 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.
I've been in transition for a year and a half, and I've struggled with the daily grind of fighting to be a woman in a world that hates women. Julia Serano's book helped me understand the world and my fight to be a part of it. This is a clear and concise picture, and everyone should read it.
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This is the best book I have read to date on the subject of gender. Wish I had read it years ago.
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I admit I thought I knew a lot on this subject. But only a few pages in I found out I knew nothing!
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Since beginning my transition I've been trying to catch up with the queer fictions and history that I missed out on. This book was enlightening and I dont think I'll ever be the same after listening to it. Learning about my own history and having never heard of Queer theory before this I've come away with a great appreciation for the content if this book and a better grasp of my community.
Julia Serano's book is the quintessential transgender manifesto. You cannot discuss transgender or feminist theory without including her work without appearing pedantic or juvenile.
This is a well balanced, and nuanced analysis of the world from the author's lived experience and I love it. Her attention to the complex cultural dilemmas is extensive. I took so many notes! She leaves nobody out from scrutiny when establishing her argument for a more inclusive world.