Whipping Girl

Whipping Girl

A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

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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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ISBN: 9780786747917
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cals_Stories Mar 14, 2016

Serano does a beautiful job addressing how sexism and transphobia intertwine themselves and helps the reader understand transgender issues are a feminist movement. While I was by no means unknowledgeable about trans issues before reading this, this book really challenged a lot of assumptions that... Read More »

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VaughanPLErin Feb 22, 2019

A fascinating read for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between misogyny and transphobia in our society, and the specific barriers and challenges that trans women face. Serano's essays lean more toward the academic than the autobiographical, but still provide an illuminating window into her life as an activist.

Jan 11, 2017

This book is more like a collection of essays on trans and feminist themes rather than a memoir. The first chapter provides a definition of terms but, contrary to the author's assertion, this book would have benefited from a glossary of terms. Endnotes and a very brief bibliography are provided but a serious omission is the lack of an index.

Jul 04, 2011

As a longtime feminist, I learned a great deal from this book. The author is a scientist by profession but a philospher/political scientist at heart. I found myself questioning a great deal of my old notions about transsexuals and even questioned some of my old principles of feminism and femininity. Any book that gets you to think is good! I confess I didn't like the title but other than that I thought the book was excellent.


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Jan 13, 2017

"... When it comes to gender, "natural" is the ultimate trump card because it takes the relevant issues - privilege and prejudice - off the table and frames the very real and legitimate perspectives of sexual minorities as "unnatural" or "artificial", and therefore unworthy of any serious consideration. This is why [the author] prefers the term "cissexual". It denotes the only relevant difference between that [natural] population and those of us who are transsexual: Cissexuals have only ever experienced their subconscious and physical sexes as being aligned." (p. 174)


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