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ISBN-10: 1580056229
ISBN-13: 9781580056229
Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
Publish Date: 03/08/2016
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 1.20" H

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

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This classic manifesto is “a foundational text for anyone hoping to understand transgender politics and culture in the U.S. today.” (NPR)
*Named as one of 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time by Ms. Magazine*

In Whipping Girl, biologist and trans activist Julia Serano shares her experiences and insights–both pre- and post-transition–to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

Serano’s well-honed arguments and pioneering advocacy 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.

In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about being transgender, 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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"Serano takes to task those who categorize "femininity" as artificial rather than a natural gender expression. Her convincing analysis and personal revelations challenge us to recognize our own sexist notions."
Ms. Magazine

"Julia Serano offers a perspective sorely needed, but up until now rarely heard." –Bitch Magazine

"An absorbing and essential achievement in both theory and biography." –Washington City Paper

"Whipping Girl critiques media depictions of trans people, dismantles science's longtime characterization of transsexuality as pathology, and offers a whip-smart vision of a world that celebrates sexual difference." –AlterNet

"Julia Serano is a careful and astute critic of the ways that trans women have been stereotyped and dismissed in popular culture, feminism, and psychology, and she repeatedly surprised me with her razor-sharp observations of the pervasive hatred of trans women and all differently gendered people. This is an important text for gender studies classes, as well as for therapists, journalists, and anybody who'd like to keep updated as a sex radical."
–Patrick Califia, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism

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ISBN-10: 1580056229
ISBN-13: 9781580056229
Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
Publish Date: 03/08/2016
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 1.20" H
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