Group project: Let’s read Whipping Girl

The cover of Julia Serano's "Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on the Scapegoating of Femininity"

Update: Anyone can now join the discussion of Whipping Girl on this messageboard. Thanks to Anna for creating it!

Um, sorry for disappearing, everyone? It wasn’t intentionally. Things got a bit hectic. Also, anxiety: it’s really great when people engage with me and my writing and we find something to connect over in what I’ve written, but I’m also often a bit scared off when there’s a bigger response than I expected to something I write, as there was with the last post. (Please keep responding, though!) It’s funny, sometimes the posts I worry are too self-indulgent and navel-gazy are the ones that people really identify with or find speak to them really strongly.

Anyway, I’m back! And I’ve got a group reading project for anyone who’s interested in joining me :p I’ve wanted to have a book discussion on the blog for a while now. When I got Julia Serano’s Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on the Scapegoating of Femininity as a Christmas gift, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to start up a reading group.

The first discussion will be this Saturday, Jan, 28, in the early afternoon. I’ll post more details about the exact time and venues in coming days, but there’ll be a live-chat and also an opportunity for people who can’t make it for the live-chat to discuss on an open-thread here on the blog. We’ll aim to have about 1/4 of the book read for the first discussion.

Folks on twitter can follow the discussion and planning on the hashtag #wgirl.

Who’s in? Leave a comment letting me know, and feel free to make suggestions about what questions we can discuss and how we should approach the discussion.


  1. I’d deffy like to make it if I can :)

  2. I’m in (as I said on Twitter.) I’m looking forward to this; “Whipping Girl” was a formative read for me as I began transition four years ago and I think a review of it now, with so much experience behind me, would be valuable.

  3. I’m not on Twitter, but I’ll follow on the blog.

  4. I couldn’t be there this saturday, but I’ll be sure to make it to the next chat :)