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yonayona has commented on (2) products.

Jumpstart the World
Jumpstart the World

yonayona, January 15, 2011

This book is a hostile rewriting of Leslie Feinberg's life by a so-called "relative" who's barely had any contact with her. Please don't support this privileged bull.

http://leslie- feinberg.tumblr. com/post/ 2748305376/while- a-hostile-relative- re-writes-my-life-who-is

Remove the spaces in the above URL to see what Leslie herself has to say about this, or go through this shortened URL:

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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

yonayona, January 1, 2011

I'm a trans dyke myself, but I was very isolated and didn't know any sort of queer or trans community till I moved to Oregon. A lover of mine who has been acting as a mentor to me has been enlightening me on the subject of trans feminism, and it's been really empowering. Whereas I once let my body and experience be exploited and mislabeled by cis people, I now am proud of who and what I am and use language for myself that makes sense to me.

With that said, I feel like we're currently in the '70s of trans feminism, as it were. Trans women are just starting to really talk about our experiences and produce our own works which represent us the way WE want to be represented, and I believe this book is a major step in the right direction.

In it, Serano deconstructs the oppression of trans women and, further, all feminine people in our society. Femininity and womanhood are viewed as artificial and inferior, she argues, while masculinity and manhood are valorized, even within feminist spaces. My aforementioned lover has experienced going to a conference or something of the sort wearing a dress and being ignored and condescended to, and then going the next day butch and being respected and having everyone agreeing with her.

Of course, this book is not without its problems. I feel that Serano's vocation of biology gets the better of her and she ends up essentializing gender a bit much. Further, she tends to be a little too binary-centric.

Still, this is a great book, one of the few that I actually bought after borrowing. I recommend that anyone read it, especially trans women.
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