Julia Serano

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Julia Serano is an author who wrote the following book:

Aside from being the author of the groundbreaking book: Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity - a collection of personal essays that reveal how misogyny frames popular assumptions of femininity and shapes many of the myths and misconceptions people have about transsexual women, Julia Serano is a spoken word artist, trans activist and biologist.

In recent years Julia has gained notoriety in transgender, queer, and feminist circles for her unique insight into the female condition. A gifted speaker with a bouncy tomboyish presence, Julia has been invited to speak about transgender and trans women's issues at numerous universities in queer, women's studies, psychology and philosophy- themed conferences and her writings have been used as teaching materials in college- level gender studies courses across the United States.

Growing up as a tomboy, Julia became consciously aware of her gender identity around 11 years of age but society's pressure caused her to strive for the best approximation of manhood she could. Her experiences essentially "doing time on the opposite side of the fence" have given her a unique insight into the misogyny that pervades our world. She's basically uncovered and opened up for discussion the entire subject.

Julia has a day job as a researcher at UC Berkeley in the field of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology. She is also a vocalist/guitarist/lyricist for her "quirky pop" band, Bitesize.

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