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    Julia Serano(Author)

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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.

"It's official: Whipping Girl is a 21st century feminist classic. It's also a gift to a culture (still) struggling to face its own misogyny. Serano's writing is clear, gracious, and incredibly illuminating." --Jennifer Baumgardner"Serano's thinking continues to challenge and delight--Whipping Girl is a foundational text that will prove to be timeless." --Jessica Valenti"Julia Serano is the wise, acerbic brain at the center of the transgender movement. The original edition of Whipping Girl forever connected trans theory to feminism and queer studies; this new edition updates that work as well as providing a compelling new preface that reflects the movement's enormous progress as well as the progress that remains to be made. Julia Serano is more than a brilliant writer and theorist; she s also a tremendously compassionate, humane woman whose work has enlarged the lives of all her readers. Urgent, contentious, generous, and brilliant. --Jennifer Finney Boylan, Author of She s Not There, and Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University

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  • PDF | 424 pages
  • Julia Serano(Author)
  • Seal Press; 2 edition (8 Mar. 2016)
  • English
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  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Miss Elizabeth Mills on 22 July 2010

    This book is a very well written account of life as a transsexual. It explores the attitudes of society and the real-life experiences of being different. Sometimes it is pedantic and critical, but living as a transsexual can make a person that way. On the whole, I enjoyed reading it, and recommend it as a serious review of the status and lives of transsexuals in America in the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • By Guest on 9 July 2016

    Incredible book. Fascinating, powerful, relatable and well written.If you feel you don't know anything about trans people, it's a great catch-all text.If you're interested in psychology, biology, gender theory or other social sciences, or LGBT activism or feminism, you'll love it.If you're feminist or interested in feminism you'll love it.If you think you might be trans, it might help you find your answers.This is a brilliant book on a poorly understood topic,and it addresses a lot of common misconceptions. Everyone should read it. We all have things to learn from these experiences, whether trans or cis, male or female.

  • By mushrooms on 22 March 2012

    I'd consider this essential reading for all LGBT activists and anyone merely interested in trans issues/gender studies. Serano covers a wide variety of topics surrounding transsexualism:- how trans people are depicted in the media- the way psychiatrists have pathologised trans people, preferring to see them as objects of curiosity, rather than helping them cope with their condition- the way gender theorists in academia have written about trans people without actually having done any first-hand research - never having listened to them, preferring only to consider them from a distance- the discrimination against trans people in society- Serano's own account of what it's like for her as a trans womanMy review can't possibly do Serano's book any justice. She obviously put a tremendous amount of effort into it and it was all thoroughly researched. Never have I read something so eloquent by a trans person. I'm usually a slow reader, but I got through the book in a day. Please order it now - you won't be disappointed!

  • By Guest on 27 January 2017

    Important book - ignore the TERFs, this is still a classic.

  • By review on 27 January 2017

    a must-read.

  • By Lissa Hyacinth on 2 May 2014

    Serano is very, very readable. The content is well written and assumes very little of the reader in terms of definitions. In a topic such as Transgenderism, there are SO, SO many different terms that create a lot of difficulty for new readers. Serano gives good definition to each term, but vitally does not insist that one uses one term over another, such as Transsexual over Transgender, but explains the history of each term with the hope that the reader can develop their own understanding.The text is illuminating and offers an insight into Serano's life without ever feeling autobiographical, which always frustrated me about other books with Transgender authors.

  • By mazzoldia on 18 December 2010

    Every feminist should read this, and everybody who is interested in gender. After reading this book, I am convinced that you can only understand gender if your understanding includes trans people. And this book is ideal for the purpose: well written and intelligent, combining personal anecdote with statistical data and with theoretical reflection, by an intelligent feminist who is also a biologist and a trans woman.


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