By Julia Serano
A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the robust tale of Julia Serano, a transsexual girl whose supremely clever writing displays her assorted history as a lesbian transgender activist biologist. Serano stocks her reports and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to display the ways that worry, suspicion, and dismissiveness towards femininity form our societal attitudes towards trans ladies, in addition to gender and sexuality as a whole.
Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her skill to bridge the distance among the often-disparate organic and social views on gender. She exposes how deep-rooted the cultural trust is that femininity is frivolous, susceptible, and passive, and the way this “feminine” weak point exists in simple terms to draw and appease male desire.
In addition to debunking renowned misconceptions approximately transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activist needs to paintings to embody and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous kinds.
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Extra resources for Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
Perhaps the most famous example of a “deceiver” is the character Dil in the 1992 movie The Crying Game. The film became a pop culture phenomenon primarily because most moviegoers were unaware that Dil was trans until about halfway through the movie. The revelation comes during a love scene between her and Fergus, the male protagonist who has been courting her. When Dil disrobes, 36 Skirt Chasers: Why the Media Depicts the Trans Revolution in Lipstick and Heels the audience, along with Fergus, learns for the first time that Dil is physically male.
While this seems to imply that expressions of masculinity are not allowed, nothing could be further from the truth. ” Not only is this an insult to trans 50 Skirt Chasers: Why the Media Depicts the Trans Revolution in Lipstick and Heels men (as it suggests that they can never be fully masculine or male), but it implies that “male energy” can be measured in some way independent of whether the person expressing it appears female or male. This is clearly not the case. Even though I am a trans woman, I have never been accused of expressing “male energy,” because people perceive me as a woman.
So why on earth would they ask to see pictures of me from that time period? ) whether they have had any medical procedures performed on their genitals? So what drives these otherwise well-meaning people to want to know about the physical aspects of my transition so badly that they are willing to disregard common courtesy and discretion? Well, I wasn’t quite sure myself until about two years ago, during the height of the reality TV plastic surgery craze, when shows like Extreme Makeover, The Swan, and I Want a Famous Face filled the airwaves.
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