Review; Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
Description from GoodreadsJulia 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 societal 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.
My Thoughts on the Book
Whipping Girl is one of those must-read books, both in terms of transgender issues, but also feminist issues. The book is well-written and easily gets the point across as it talks about various topics.
It's a book I highly recommend, especially if you're into feminism, social justice or gender, but I think everyone should read this book once in their lifetime, especially if they're cis.