Whipping Girl

A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

Paperback, 408 pages

English language

Published June 1, 2007 by Seal Press.

ISBN:
9781580051545
OCLC Number:
81252738

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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 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.

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Subjects

  • Social Science / Gender Studies
  • Social Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminism
  • Transsexualism
  • Transsexuals
  • Sociology