This is me! On the lesbrary! I’m re-blogging it here for three reasons: 1) I’m proud of this ridiculously long review; 2) it’s hard to find Canadian trans women writers so I thought who cares if Serano is American; 3) despite the fact that I’m pretty critical of this book, Julia Serano is kinda one of my heros.
I was pretty eager when I picked up writer, performer, and activist Julia Serano’s latest book, Excluded: Making Queer and Feminist Movements More Inclusive. I had read her first book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity back when it came out, and thought it was totally mind-blowing and so overdue and just plain old awesome in every way. It taught me a lot about femininity, gender, sexuality, feminism, and transmisogyny (actually, I’m pretty sure it taught me the term transmisogyny). Whipping Girl is one of the best feminist books I’ve ever read, and I really think that it should be read by, like, everybody. If you haven’t read it yet, go do that right now!
So, given my high expectations, it kind of makes sense that I could only be disappointed by Excluded. Whereas in Whipping Girl Serano is tackling queer and…
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