Whipping Girl is my first full-length book - a collection of personal essays that debunk many of the myths and misconceptions that people have about trans women, femininity, and the subjects of gender and sexism more generally.
The first edition of the book received an “honorable mention” in Alter Net’s Best Progressive Books of 2007 list; The Advocate placed it on their list of the best non-fiction transgender books; and readers of Ms.
Magazine ranked it #16 on their list of the 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time!
It also has a snazzy new cover (as you can see to your right).
Buzz Feed recently published a wonderful article about the 2nd edition that includes many readers’ personal experiences first engaging with the book.
The book is available from Amazon, Portland's independent bookstore Powell's, the Philly-based LGBTQ bookstore Giovanni’s Room, and the Chicago feminist bookstore Women and Children First.
You can also use Indie Bound to find brick-and-mortar independent bookstores near you that are or will be carrying the book.
This page offers book reviews and interviews, an excerpt from the Introduction to the book, a sneak-peak at the Table of Contents, and a glossary of sorts.
Elsewhere you can read an excerpt from the new Preface or visit the webpage for first edition.back cover endorsements “Julia Serano is the wise, acerbic brain at the center of the transgender movement.The original edition of Whipping Girl forever connected trans theory to feminism and queer studies; this new edition updates that work as well as providing a compelling new preface that reflects the movement’s enormous progress as well as the progress that remains to be made.Julia Serano is more than a brilliant writer and theorist; she’s also a tremendously compassionate, humane woman whose work has enlarged the lives of all her readers.Urgent, contentious, generous, and brilliant.” --Jennifer Finney Boylan, Author of She’s Not There, and Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University “It’s official: Whipping Girl is a 21st century feminist classic.It’s also a gift to a culture (still) struggling to face its own misogyny.