In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observationsboth pre- and post-transitionto 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 and reputation as a thought-leader 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 femininityin all of its wondrous forms....
|Title||:||Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||424 pages|
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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity Reviews
I am beginning to wonder if "It's good to be cis" parallels "It's good to be rich." Being rich makes all these other problems of life invisible--you want something? You get it. Or you order someone to get it for you. The wish is the deed. For the rest of us, the wish can be a receding mirage as we struggle to make a penny stretch, to squeeze time from job and other obligations, yadda. So, yeah, it's nice to be rich . . . but no one comes along and helpfully legislates that we all have to be rich ...more
i love this book. i was just quoting it in my "cultural diversity" class in counseling school & now half the class promised to read it. it's the best feminist text i've read in years.
things that i'm grateful for: the term "transmisogyny"; the discussion of oppositional sexism; the sharp analysis of media representations of trans women & absence of trans men in the media; the discussion of the history of cis academics & scientists using/abusing transsexual people; the discussion of ci ...more
I was far to confused by this book to be able to give it any more then 3 stars. I freely admit I was unable to comprehend a lot of what she was writing about. I couldn't keep up with the amount of words strung together I did not understand. I guess I could have just opened a dictionary eh.
That said, I still made my way through it simply unconcerned that there was some I wouldn't "get". There was a lot I did understand and it opened my eyes.
Some of this book I didn't simply "get" but rather I lov ...more
I was talking to Lorena about this book – Lorena is my go-to person for all things gender related. She lived as a lesbian for many years and so knows stuff I can’t even guess at. I told her that the strangest thing about reviewing this book (I tend to review while I read nowadays – one of the odd changes goodreads has wrought) is how each of my mock reviews started with me stressing how straight I am. It’s the strangest thing. Like someone about to review a book by a Nazi might start by mentioni ...more
Picking up this book was such an empowering moment. For the first time in my 27 years of being transgender, I saw myself reflected properly in print. Julia Serano was like a more experienced, smarter, older sister, showing me that it is ok to be myself, whatever shape that is. She showed me that we're not crazy, broken or disgusting, and some of us are clever and funny and capable. She deconstructed media representations that have troubled me since childhood and explained the origin of stereotyp ...more
2017 Reading Challenge category: 20. A book that you've owned for a while but haven't gotten around to reading
I bought Whipping Girl on Kindle sale and then mostly forgot about it until a transatlantic flight when airplane mode limited me to what I already had downloaded on my Kindle. I've never read a book quite like this one and I think in the future it's going to be considered a seminal gender studies work of the 00s. Serano's unique background as both a trans woman and a scientist leads to a ...more
wildly self indulgent, often incoherent, manages to make some pretty colorful topics incredibly boring. odd and offensive takes on feminism. talks a lot and says very little worth refuting. i get it- you are very special and very smart. grateful to be finished reading this
I was lucky enough to be able to read the 2nd edition to Julia Serano's Whipping Girl. The original was published in 2007 and this 2nd edition was published just this year. I think it's important to note that the author herself points out in the Preface to the 2nd edition how much has changed since the book was published originally. That being said, I think it's probably best to get the newest available copy of this book because this is a topic that is important and yet so are the changes and cu ...more