Julia Serano, Whipping Girl

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San Francisco-based activist and author Julia Serano has emerged as one of the defining voices of the contemporary trans movement. I had Serano’s recent book, Whipping Girl, sitting on my desk for at least six months before I finally began to thumb through it. Being a lesbian identified cissexual I’ve always considered myself sympathetic to trans issues while also recognizing how ignorant I am of the important discussions that continue to unfold within the trans and feminist community today.

At the end of the summer, I had the opportunity to interview Julia before her reading at Bluestocking’s, New York City’s feminist bookstore. I hope you find the discussion as enlightening as I did. She touches on some of the important concepts from her book such as trans-misogyny, gender entitlement, and gender as performance vs. gender as identity.

Don’t expect Julia to tow any party line either. She calls out the gender-centrism latent within all aspects of the LGBT community in the hopes that we might better recognize our cliquish biases cloaked within our own self-righteousness.

Julia Serano interviewed on 8/16/07 at Bluestockings Bookstore, New York

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