• 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
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (433 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Named as one of 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time by Ms. magazine.

Julia 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.

©2016 Julia Serano (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

“A foundational text for anyone hoping to understand transgender politics and culture in the US today.” (NPR)

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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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This should be a mandatory read

Honestly, this book should be a mandatory read for anyone who wants to put their two-cents into anything trans related.

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Fabulicious

A great educational tool.
A wonderland of resources.
A perfect book to help one find the vocabulary in helping understand yourself.

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Loved it~

Absolutely loved it! Very inspiring and informative! I would highly recommend for anyone to read!

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Thank you.

I began listening to your book Julia in hopes of finding and learning more about myself. I cannot count how many times while listening to the book I find myself nodding my head in agreement or identifying with your examples. Thank you for being the voice you are in our community.

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Must read for feminists and transwomen!

Incredible insight into feminism and transwomen. She sheds insight on so many theories about being trans that never added up to me and never resonated with me.

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Utterly Fantastic

An eye-opening critique of the way misogyny seems to be at the heart of all gender and sex related bigotry. I'm a non-binsry trans man and it really taught me to look at my femininity and interactions with other queer peoples in new light.

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  • Chris Berry
  • 06-12-19

annoying

faux female american voice that ground away like sand paper. should have got felicity huffman to narrate it

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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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  • Miss
  • 12-07-21

brilliant

I've read a lot of feminist literature, this is the first one in a while that has really deepened my understanding of the value systems, prejudices, biases and not knowingness that drive misogyny and transphobia. I have learned a lot.

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  • 09-18-20

Insight full and interesting

It has given me a new way of viewing femininity and my own gender expression. It does not value one gender expression over an other, rather it argues that all types have values and validity. It is written from the viewpoint of a trans woman and therefore is heavily influenced by that pespective, this is not a critique of the book but merely an observation.

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  • Joseph Jones
  • 10-09-19

Charming and informative

I’m a cis het guy with a little understanding of gender and sexuality study’s so I found this a little dense at points and had to take my time and re listen at points but it was fantastically eye opening.
Serano is explains her point of view clearly and articulately in a patient pace.
Everyone should read this

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  • dc
  • 02-17-19

what a clever and insigjtful book

she is a very insightful author who is able to open your eyes to a topic that we all have strong opinions on, she is able to separate the topic from politics and personal opinion...I think it gives you the skills to look at any topic you thought you knew from a new perspective...

well read...well written and eye opening....

wish I had read it years ago..

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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.