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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Feminity Paperback – 23 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Group; annotated edition edition (23 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580051545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051545
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julia Serano is a writer and spoken-word artist on the subject of gender with a PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University. She is a researcher at UC Berkeley in the field of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology and has performed her spoken word at such high-profile events as the National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco Trans and Dyke March Stages, Ladyfest Bay Area, and "The Vagina Monologues. "Serano's work has appeared in "Bitch" magazine's "BITCHFest, Clamor, Kitchen Sink, The Believer, The San Francisco Chronicle, "and on "Invisible Ink Radio "(NPR). Julia lives in Oakland, CA.


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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 woman

My 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!
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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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Very needed perspective. I think there is far to many clinical books on trans people, so this is refreshing and unopologetic in its approach.
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This book may not be for everybody but it is really good at analysing and explaining many misconceptions about transgendered people. Well written, well informed and interesting, thankfully not the type of crap that is so often associated with trans-writings. Excellent.
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I recommend this as a read for ALL people who are interested in fair and equitable treatment for all women. Change won't come if nobody speaks out; Julia speaks for ALL women.
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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.
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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.
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A must read for anybody interested in roots of sexism how this damages everybody, especially trans people.
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