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Julia Serano – TS Wordplay

January 18, 2010

H/T to Polly  who despite not reading the excellent Whipping Girl has attempting to critique it, so kudos to her bravery – the woman has balls.  Btw, Doctor Julia Serano is a trans woman, and a biologist who works as a researcher at UC Berkeley in the field of evolutionary and developmental biology. She received her doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Columbia University.  Polly is not.  Serano’s writings have also been used in teaching materials in gender studies courses across the United States .  Polly’s writings have not.

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  1. January 21, 2010 03:10

    As for the performance piece “Cocky”, which both you and Polly have in your blog posts, I think Polly showed insight in describing Julia Serano’s “feminine” gestures as “almost pantomime”. Though as she says, “[A]ny female born person can immediately spot those gestures as exaggeratedly ‘girly’”. Which, fair enough. All the same, I too was struck by how exaggerated her gestures looked as she stood up there on stage. They seemed very rehearsed. Polly may have a point when she says, “Serano possibly doesn’t realise, as I pointed out, how pantomime/exaggerated her “femininity” is.”

    • January 21, 2010 08:07

      Tbh, I had seen these gestures as deliberate as part of the performance.

      • January 21, 2010 16:30

        yeah, it’s a _performance_ piece and is in a very american bombastic “slam” style. i see stereotypically “masculine” gestures too.

    • January 21, 2010 17:01

      It’s funny, despite being “female born” (I assume by that Polly means “female assigned at birth”, rather than “born of a female”, although I was the latter, too) I didn’t see her gestures as exaggeratedly “girly”, just, you know, exaggerated in general, because she’s a performance artist.

      My damn “Exaggerated Femininity Detector” is clearly faulty! I’d better have a feel around inside my fanjo and see if I can detect it, as that’s clearly where it’s located, isn’t that right?

      • January 21, 2010 17:03

        Not sure really but the investigation sounds worthy 🙂

  2. January 21, 2010 07:24

    In the immortal words of Dick Emery:

    “Oooh, you are *awful*, but I like you!”

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