Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
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... show more
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. "
Publish date: May 14th 2007
Publisher: Seal Press
Pages no: 390
Edition language: English
, Gender Studies
, Social Movements
, Social Justice
I don't generally rate nonfiction, so the lack of stars is not an indication of quality. This is a very interesting compilation and analysis of research into transgender women's experiences, written by a trans woman. The earlier section deconstructing media portrayals of trans women has fundamenta...
This book broadened my perspectives about all the topics that were discussed in it. I was not aware of all the struggles trans women have before I read this book. And I never thought about all the different kinds of sexism and why do they exist. I cannot say I totally agree with all the opinions and...
I don't even have to agree with all the theoretical claims to acknowledge that this is the most important book I've read in the past 2 years...
So you know that Simone de Beauvoir quote that "One is not born a woman, but one becomes one" or something like that? The implication is that being a woman, aka the female "gender" is a social construct that is imposed on us by a patriarchal society that wants to oppress women. (Hence why all the br...