Goodreads Synopsis: 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. 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.
Serano’s well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. 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 activist must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms.
After reading Stone Butch Blues I’ve decided I really want to read more educational books about the LGBTQA+ community. This book came recommended to me by an acquaintance and I’m really glad I read it. Which by the way, if you have any recommendations for me in this area please leave them in the comments!
But back to my review. Whipping Girl is a really interesting read, and Julia Serano makes a lot of really great points. I found myself feeling really sad as I read some parts. I find it so frustrating that even in the queer community we are trying to push trans people away. It doesn’t make any sense to me.
I think this is a really good book for all people in the queer community to read, it’s very eye-opening. The book shows you clearly what it’s like to be a trans woman and all that they face. It also has some really good ideas on how to improve things in the queer community.
My one complaint with this book was it felt a little bit repetitive towards the end, I felt like it could have been even 50 pages shorter. But that’s my preference and I know that the author had a lot of good things to say, and honestly what would I have wanted her not to say? I’m not sure. Either way it’s a good read.
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.