One thing that really surprised me is the revelation that transsexual people who went through sex reassignment surgery and hormones were for a long time encouraged to hide their assigned sex probably decided genitals at birth, not chromosomes. The latter example was the only time a woman of color living in 'white America' is acknowledged. Serano shares her experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness tow A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Her passion for dinosaurs and desire to be a major league baseball player were at odds with her feeling of girlness. It was not the result of social gender constructs, as it defied everything she had been taught about gender and the encouragement she received to think of herself as a boy and act masculine.
Then I thought of the androgynous Mick Jagger. Bottom Line: Essential Reading 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. There was a lot I did understand and it opened my eyes. 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. What has been Serano's experiences may not match my friend who within the last year has been taking hormones and now identifies as male.
I can also be effected by these issues, but I recognize it's different. I read a friend's copy of this and wound up marking it up so much that I'm not even sure the orig I was entirely disappointed by this book. Cover may have edge wear, creases or bends. Also, I couldn't understand the structure of the book and felt like I was reading the same things over and over. 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.
It always seems to be like believing you would be happier if you spoke French before you have started learning French. The original edition of Whipping Girl forever connected trans theory to feminism and queer studies; this new edition updates that work as well as providing a compelling new preface that reflects the movement's enormous progress as well as the progress that remains to be made. Her writings have been used as teaching materials in queer and gender studies courses across North America. She discusses gender roles, myths about trans people, and the role of trans people in the feminist movement. © 1996 - 2019 AbeBooks Inc. Over time this diminished and she wondered why, concluding that she had learned to make less eye contact to avoid the harassment.
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. They tend to argue that femininity is socially imposed, that most women are duped into believing that it is intrinsic, that people in the know realise that gender expression is highly malleable and therefore adopt a more radical antisexist gender expression androgyny or drag for example , and crucially, that feminine women are enabling sexism and collaborating in their own oppression. No matter who we are and no matter what we have accumulated and accomplished and what the position are we in our lives, one thing that we need to know and is certain; you will die and only God knows when. Serano shares her experiences and observations-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. I couldn't keep up with the amount of words strung together I did not understand. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. That said, at times, I found some arguments elucidated in a way that weakened them; and in 2017, nearly 10 years out from publication, there is definitely some material in here that is now dated.
Instead, however, she uses the book to make exceptionally un-thought-out claims which lead her to wildy specious conclusions. I could not imagine what does it feels like to be in his shoe. Because masculine and feminine are opposites, we believe femininity to be weak, artificial, and pretentious. The wish is the deed. Yes, they are much more extreme than general society would accept — but it is hard not to see these actions as being natural consequences to the strict gendering of our society. While we are on films I watched Marwencol recently. Anyway, it's only like three pages out of 400 so really not a big deal, but it bugged me.
I have lots of thoughts about lots of things in this book but this probably isn't the forum for them. Today marks the day when this emptiness is no more! Second, I just updated my to include some upcoming college speaking appearances. Three of the ten chapters of this section contain only 4 pages each, but each has its place and each makes a point. What is this but another form of misogyny? In the meantime, if you're not familiar with my music, you should check out my current solo music project and my old now sadly disbanded. I assume, then, that understanding genders other than our own must be much the same problem. Very enlightening I googled, what books to read to learn about trans issues and this was one of the top hits, no wonder.
AbeBooks, the AbeBooks logo, AbeBooks. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. The fact that Serano wrote about her experiences in the cis- and trans- communities shows how far we are coming, and I want there to be more. Sometimes the success of Jewish entertainers has been attributed to their ability to be both perhaps transgender women like Serano have an analogous experience with womanhood. You could read this book, or ask me about it, if you want to know more and I own a copy you could borrow. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. 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.
As a cis man I was afraid to dive into this topic but knew that I was doing myself and my community a disservice by remaining in the dark, while this is not the definitive end all read on trans rights it is a good starting point and I look forward to learning more. The parts where she discussed, analyzed, and criticized transgender issues from terminology to medical processes were awesome. But it wasn't long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Urgent, contentious, generous, and brilliant. Plus, you haven't been socialized as female, so therefore you can never be a woman! Text is Clean and Unmarked! From United Kingdom to U. Everyone everywhere is apparently depicting things in the wrong way. Especially interesting is the discussion of sexism and the scapegoating of femininity.