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

By Julia Serano

A provocative manifesto, Whipping lady tells the strong tale of Julia Serano, a transsexual girl whose supremely clever writing displays her assorted heritage as a lesbian transgender activist biologist. Serano stocks her reports and observations — either pre- and post-transition — to bare the ways that worry, suspicion, and dismissiveness towards femininity form our societal attitudes towards trans girls, in addition to gender and sexuality as a whole.

Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her skill to bridge the space among the often-disparate organic and social views on gender. She exposes how deep-rooted the cultural trust is that femininity is frivolous, vulnerable, and passive, and the way this “feminine” weak point exists basically to draw and appease male desire.

In addition to debunking renowned misconceptions approximately transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activist needs to paintings to embody and empower femininity — in all of its wondrous varieties.

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46 But dating a fully fledged postmodernism from the early seventies seems useful since, by that point, the utopian aspirations of the sixties had dimmed considerably, and the conditions that were established then are more or less those that pertain today. 48 This produced three results: an increase in corporate multinationalization, in terms of a search for markets in less-developed nations combined with a cost-cutting relocation of manufacturing plants overseas; a growing emphasis on market research and more sophisticated advertising, aimed at exploiting every nook and cranny of the domestic consumer base; and intensified development of planned obsolescence, of methods for accelerating the consumption of commodities domestically.

The expansion of the mass electronic media may represent a reaction to capital’s efforts to reach more and more consumers, or a precondition for those efforts; either way, what is significant is the sheer extent to which mass media permeate virtually every nation. If images have always been the primary tool of advertising, this is especially so in postmodernity because companies can offer improvements on the image of a competitor’s product (or their own) far faster than they can develop products with improved performance.

And when Lyotard, for instance, attacks the grand or metanarratives, he also emphasizes the importance of chapter 1 8/27/01 3:49 PM Page 49 1 / a politicized postmodernism 49 retaining existing narrative modes of knowledge in a newly pluralistic arrangement. Postmodernism, whether in the Bonaventure or in an Acker novel, does not mean the loss of all narratives but the rejection of one, privileged narrative. Jameson’s method of reading postmodernism, as it emerges in this case study, ends up producing the very object it criticizes, a generalized and indiscriminate condition of otherness.

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