Author: Amanda Hess
Author: Hess
Issue: 2007/08/17
Issue Volume: 27

Julia Serano


Monday, Aug. 20, at Busboys and Poets

Watch out, misogynists, gender essentialists, and…wait, feminists? With Whipping Girl, Julia Serano emerges as a new voice in feminist thought—and nobody’s safe. Part transgender memoir, part feminist treatise, Serano’s book sets its aim on a variety of social targets—from the media’s exploitative representations of transsexuals to the mainstream feminist devaluation of the trans movement. With an ability to take her often discounted perspective and make it relevant to any discussion of sex, gender, and identity, Serano reexamines a host of old-hat feminist issues with a view even third-wave feminism has failed to capture. As someone whose femininity is constantly scrutinized, stereotyped, and slighted by the dominant culture, Serano distinguishes herself as a new kind of expert on misogyny today—and how to address it. What results is an absorbing and essential achievement in both theory and biography. Serano discusses and signs copies of her work at 6 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-7638.

Author: Amanda Hess
Author: Hess
Issue: 2007/08/17
Issue Volume: 27

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