Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

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Whipping Girl A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl Julia Serano a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional
  • Title: Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
  • Author: Julia Serano
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  • Page: 412
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  • In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observation both pre and post transition to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion and dismissiveness toward femininity shapIn the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observation 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 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 femininity in all of its wondrous forms.
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    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 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 mentioning they have Jewish [...]

    This book has two halves, one of which I loved and one of which was pretty terrible The parts where she discussed, analyzed, and criticized transgender issues from terminology to medical processes were awesome Serano is a wonderful writer who really knows what she is talking about in this section She challenges assumptions, educates, and really makes the reader think I especially loved her final conclusions, that the focus should be on confronting gender privilege instead of simply performing ge [...]

    COMPLETELY AWESOME IN EVERY WAY Gender analysis and theory that is somehow not wanktastic and jargony, is fresh, clear, and not all bogged down in a bunch of agenda driven bullshit, and based on the author s experiences as a trans woman As I read this book, my primary thoughts were This makes SO MUCH SENSE Parts were like reading the inside of my own head Parts gave me an insight into things I will never experience myself Brilliant.

    There are things I love about this book, mostly Serano s personal writing, and some of the writing about her experiences on estrogen are beautiful heartbreaking All of her writing on hormones feels very spot on to me, as do her theories on the scapegoating of femininity But there were too many little unfair jabs at non binary genderqueer folks, and some of them felt really hurtful and maybe she made me cry It s pretty clear that Serano doesn t think that identifying outside of the binary is the [...]

    I failed to distinguish personal interpretive note making from writing for an audience here, and wrote too much about this book to fit into the space The full review summary is in three parts here Part IPart IIPart IIINeedless to say, I found the experience too important and overwhelming to review properly I d like to highlight these descriptions Transphobia is an irrational fear of, aversion to or discrimination against people whose gendered identities, appearances or behaviours differ from soc [...]

    She s into the liberal subject, and I can t get behind that It wasn t all terrible, but it does a lot of essentialism and demonstrates a lot of the flaws of identity politics She dismisses performativity and construction but clearly doesn t understand the concepts, then obsesses over a real artificial dichotomy which makes sense because she s trying to posit that trans women are women too, but doesn t make sense because real and artificial can t apply to gender hence, we reach her goal but do so [...]

    Well Phew There s a lot in here I have a lot of notes It took me two months to read this book, because I d get frustrated about her insistence on the biological origins of femininity and have to close the book I d really like to sit down with Julia over a bottle of wine and argue with her about that, because she makes some really interesting and valid points, but I deeply believe she s wrong But it s a clear, articulate, engaging, awesome book, which neatly unpicks the whole woman in a man s bod [...]

    My original review is below My viewpoint has changed as trans activism have become much personal to me, and this book is the best education for trans allies book that I know of Further, it s really good if you ve ever felt constrained by social gender constructions Seriously it s a lot of good thinking about where stuff comes from and how to deal with it A friend recommended it to me one really has to process her ideas a lot before dissenting, I think I say this not because she presents things [...]

    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 yearsings 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 cis folks using third gendering as [...]

    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.Books like this [...]

    This book opens with a quote by Audre Lorde and, near the end, it references bell hooks to explain living as people on the margins The latter example was the only time a woman of color living in white America is acknowledged As somebody with a PhD in Biochemistry, who has access to the time to read the political works of Lorde and hooks, Serano has failed to interrogate whiteness as an identity construct of power that seeks to further its dominance on all Failing to understand her whiteness with [...]

    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 curre [...]

    I m reading this five years after it was published in 2007 and, it seems, after loads of people I know who have discussed this book specifically and also absorbed its ideas into their critiques of so many issues particularly in discussions around transmisogyny , so it doesn t feel as fresh as I m sure it would have when it was first published Even so, it s pretty incisive In Part 1, Trans Gender Theory , Serano disambiguates a lot of concepts that are confused in discourse around sex and gender, [...]

    I was entirely disappointed by this book The author is a male to female spectrum transsexual woman who is also an evolutionary biologist Due to her scientific background, I was super excited to see what she had to say about her experiences and what she feels it s all about Instead, however, she uses the book to make exceptionally un thought out claims which lead her to wildy specious conclusions I read a friend s copy of this and wound up marking it up so much that I m not even sure the original [...]

    ever since a rape apologist insurrecto bro introduced me to the term cis i ve been obsessed with knowing its etymology, bringing me to julia serano, who gets it from emi koyama incidentally from emi s website Emi used to identify as this gender and that gender, and even the neither gender but nowadays she s tired of it all Genderqueer used to work just fine when it was a non identity, but now that there are communities of genderqueer people who identify with the label genderqueer it no longer qu [...]

    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 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 stereotypes that [...]

    I have lots of thoughts about lots of things in this book but this probably isn t the forum for them Regardless, this book sums up a lot of my own feelings about misogyny and the role it plays in homophobia, transphobia, and sexism It was informative in a bunch of other ways, helped clarify my own view of my subconscious gender and it s probably not what you d think if you know me While there were some specific conclusions she came to especially regarding the motivations of all cisgender people [...]

    I highly recommend that anyone with an interest in feminism reads Whipping Girl, not because the views espoused by Julia Serano are correct or worth adopting for your own many of them are small minded, ignorant, and based on anecdotal evidence, or require fascinating contortions in logic but because they are worth thinking about when you agree, when you disagree, and why I would like to mention that Serano literally thinks transexual experiences of gender are relevant than cissexual ones, and I [...]

    A heartfelt appeal to feminists to fight for the right to be feminine however each individual person defines that for herself She makes a valid point that femininity has been almost universally derided, laughed at, and scorned What is this but another form of misogyny This does not mean that we have to accept society s definition of what femininity consists of, or its sexualization of femininity I am embarrassed to admit just how completely oblivious I was of all of the various political attitu [...]

    This is totally the best book on transwoman stuf I ve ever read, but a lot of it still didn t resonate with me specifically her experience with hormones and their effects, how easy she found it to be appropriately gendered by other folks, and her experiences with the queer trans community Still though, totally badass and right on, for the most part, and I would totally recommend it to anybody who s ever wondered about the reality of being a transwoman.

    2017 Reading Challenge category 20 A book that you ve owned for a while but haven t gotten around to readingI 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 ver [...]

    I d call this a must read for everyone concerned about transsexual transgender issues, feminism, and intersectionality Beyond the ideas themselves, I loved how accessible this is Serano conveys complex issues in a highly readable style, without dumbing stuff down This is by necessity one woman s perspective, but much of Serano s writings concern the inherent and valuable diversity of perspectives, experiences, values and opinions Also, because she is my age, Serano was able to help me make sense [...]

    This book was recommended to me during a conference I went to for work back when I was with AmeriCorps, and I did not get a chance to read it until last week I nearly forgot about the recommendation actually, but I stumbled across it while working and immediately decided to read it Serano tackles two major issues in this book 1 mainstream feminism in society and 2 transsexualism in society The former I was very acquainted with and recognized many of the authors that Serano talks about, and the l [...]

    I read most of this book in one night The theory half of the book was astute and well argued, but it was the second half, chapters 10, 15, 17 19, that spoke to me Alternately sent cold shivers down my back and had me marking up the margins with Yes , , et cetera Just a very good book on trans misogyny unless part II personally connects with you In which case Best Book Ever Update The preceding review is not really a critique in any way, just a reaction shortly after finishing the book.It has sin [...]

    this book is a breath of fresh air in the world of trans theory non fiction personal and political, truly feminist all the way down great critique of the objectification of trans people and bodies in the growing world of academic queer trans studies strategically argues for understanding the struggles for gender liberation as a coalition of allies rather than trying to fit everyone under one trans umbrella muscled it into my grad queer theory class to offer some balance to all the non trans acad [...]

    I was far to confused by this book to be able to give it any 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 loved there wer [...]

    I think this is a very important book, one that everyone should read, but the structure and sometimes the style of writing bothered me so much that I can only give it 3 stars.At times, I actually found myself getting annoyed at the author because of her aggressive tone regarding just about anyone who says anything about trans matters while not being trans themselves Everyone everywhere is apparently depicting things in the wrong way A little less aggressiveness would have made this smoother I ll [...]

    So much could be said about this book but I am at a loss of words.This book is amazing It is in no way the true explanation to everything but can open your eyes and view on gender and stereotypes.If you truly believe in equality and have a desire to understand people this book is a must read Its not some definitive text and a bit aged but it still holds kinda true it seems for a lot of people Even if the focus lies on mostly male to female transgender people and the issues they face the book man [...]

    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

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