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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism…

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of… (2007)

by Julia Serano

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This is an excellent book about gender and the privileges that are connected to it. I am not a fan of the author's style of writing. I would have rated the book more highly if it had been easier to read some thing I was truly interested in. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
A frankly refreshing book discussing not only the near-universal derision and discrimination towards trans women and other trans feminine people but also the two large schools of gender identity formation -- biological and socially-constructed -- their deficiencies, strengths and the fact that neither alone satisfactorily describes how gender comes about and is lived.
A book that anyone who has any interest in transgender issues would do well to read. ( )
  noonaut | Jan 19, 2017 |
This book is a revelation! Taking on both oppositional and traditional sexism, Serano uses her experience as a transwoman and a biochemist to show that gender is not a binary, nor should masculine and feminine be considered opposites. Through a series of essays, she calls for the return of the feminine to feminism.

Her points on the way media and society have handled transsexuals (or really any male-born individual showing feminine tendencies) over the years definitely hit home. She attacks the notions that gender is either innate or socialized, which should really be obvious as there are men socialized male who still lean towards the feminine and women socialized female who lean masculine. We as a society have, for no rational reason, always placed femininity as something lesser than masculinity. From the trans experience, women attaining to be men are accepted as completely rational while men attaining to be women are derided and told there is something wrong with them, that there is something wrong with wanting to be feminine, being female. Serano looks to the sources of this extreme wrong-thinking and tries to find a way past it. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Jan 12, 2017 |
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity ( )
  Calavari | Jun 7, 2016 |
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... ( )
  kthxy | May 6, 2016 |
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Reveals the ways that fear, contempt, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

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