• Whipping Girl

  • A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
  • By: Julia Serano
  • Narrated by: Julia Serano
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-25-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)

Regular price: $28.50

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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2016 Julia Serano (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Beautiful

I've been in transition for a year and a half, and I've struggled with the daily grind of fighting to be a woman in a world that hates women. Julia Serano's book helped me understand the world and my fight to be a part of it. This is a clear and concise picture, and everyone should read it.

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Yeah pretty much everyone should read this book

This is the best book I have read to date on the subject of gender. Wish I had read it years ago.

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Very Informative

I admit I thought I knew a lot on this subject. But only a few pages in I found out I knew nothing!

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This book will make you uncomfortable.

If I had more space the title of this review would be "this book will make you uncomfortable and that's why you should read it.
Forget every chapter, every paragraph of Serrano's book is an education. The chapters ebb and flow between horrifying historical facts, (typical of history's treatment of any kind of "outlier") emotional anecdotes and fiercely educational moments. While I did struggle to remember a the terms (cis privilege, right here) I do feel like I ended the book feeling more educated and empathetic to transgender people. At the very least, I have a better understanding of just how deep cis privilege goes and can reflect further on how to better myself and be conscious of my privilege as a move through the world.

I knock it down a star because I do think Serrano's narration is a too slow. I often speed up books but increased the speed here even more than usual.

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Very enlightening

I googled, what books to read to learn about trans issues and this was one of the top hits, no wonder. It was very eye opening and I feel like I am in a better position to be a more compassionate person to all as well as be a more engaged human. 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. Cheers

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A must read for all feminists

This book is a very powerful story and examination of feminism from a trans women's perspective. I would recommend it to everyone

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So glad I bought this

Since beginning my transition I've been trying to catch up with the queer fictions and history that I missed out on. This book was enlightening and I dont think I'll ever be the same after listening to it. Learning about my own history and having never heard of Queer theory before this I've come away with a great appreciation for the content if this book and a better grasp of my community.

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  • Rita
  • Louisville, KY
  • 01-26-18

Groundbreaking

Julia Serano's book is the quintessential transgender manifesto. You cannot discuss transgender or feminist theory without including her work without appearing pedantic or juvenile.

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lives up to it's credibility

This is a well balanced, and nuanced analysis of the world from the author's lived experience and I love it. Her attention to the complex cultural dilemmas is extensive. I took so many notes! She leaves nobody out from scrutiny when establishing her argument for a more inclusive world.

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  • leSpring
  • 07-03-18

great book

The book is very well written and very insightful to anyone interested in the subject matter or anyone who would like to know more! Julia's narration and voice make for a great listen! highly recommended!

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  • Jennifer
  • 01-31-17

Excellent

Really well presented viewpoint on transsexualism and feminism. It's been a great listen for someone who largely disagrees with current feminism.

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