// 28 December 2008

This is an incredibly powerful piece by trans activist Julia Serano. In my opinion she makes it abundantly clear that no matter what your perspective on gender, no matter what theories you hold dear, nothing is more important than an individual’s right to safety, self definition, and respect for that definition.

Full transcript here.

Via Feministing.

Comments From You

HelenGB // Posted 29 December 2008 at 1:00 pm

Yes, ain’t she great ?

Shea // Posted 30 December 2008 at 4:44 pm

Julia Serano is brilliant, this is a really powerful performance. Must read her book asap.

Laura // Posted 30 December 2008 at 4:52 pm

The book’s fantastic, it really opened my eyes to so many new ideas and ways of thinking about sex and gender, as well as challenging certain transphobic attitudes I had assimilated growing up. I wish it could be put on the school curriculum!

Lee H // Posted 1 January 2009 at 1:41 am

Not overly impressed with the performance, but the actual message and the passion behind it makes me feel warm and gooey inside. And referring to her penis as “she” is too cute for words!

I’ve yet to read Whipping Girl (really want to!) but I practically devoured Kate Bornstein’s “Gender Outlaw” and highly recommend it to anyone interested in gender.

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