Julia Serano will be at Pegasus Downtown to present her new book, Excluded.
Julia Serano—trans woman, bisexual, femme activist, and author of the revolutionary, bestselling book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity—has spent much of the past ten years challenging various forms of exclusion within feminist and queer communities. In Excluded, Serano examines different forms of marginalization that are often based on the premise that certain ways of being gendered or sexual are more legitimate, natural, or righteous than others.
In Excluded, Serano points out that while feminist and queer movements are designed to challenge sexism, they often simultaneously police gender and sexuality—sometimes just as fiercely as the dominant, male-centered culture. Some feminists vocally condemn other feminists because of how they dress or for their sexual partners or practices. Among the queer activist community, lesbians and gay men have dismissed bisexuals, transgender people, and other gender and sexual minorities.
Serano argues that these biases, whether conscious or unconscious, infect theories, activism, organizations, and communities—and worse, they enable people to vigorously protest certain forms of sexism while simultaneously ignoring and even perpetuating others. Excluded advocates for a new approach to fighting sexism—called “holistic feminism”—that avoids these pitfalls and offers new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and sexism that foster inclusivity. For more information, visit https://www.juliaserano.com
Julia Serano is a highly regarded writer and thinker on the subjects of gender, feminism, and LGBTQ issues. She is best known for her 2007 book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, which garnered rave reviews—The Advocate placed it on their list of “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.” Julia’s writings have also appeared in numerous anthologies; in feminist, queer, and progressive magazines and websites (including Bitch Magazine, Out, AlterNet.org, Ms. Magazine blog, and Feministing.com); and are regularly used as teaching materials in gender studies, queer studies, psychology, and human sexuality courses in colleges across North America.
“Serano has, depending upon your vantage point, either opened a door into a new world or widened the scope of an already informed discussion of gender, transsexuality and femininity.” —SF Chronicle
“Julia Serano offers a perspective sorely needed, but up until now rarely heard: a transfeminine critique of both feminist and mainstream understandings of gender.” —Bitch Magazine
“Not since bell hooks has someone so turned feminism on its head and located the heart of sexism in such a revelatory way. ” —Xtra Toronto