This book club is dedicated to the interests of people of color, LGBTQIA, women, those with multiple marginalized identities, and everyone affected by systems of oppression. Through reading and discussing books about social justice, we will critically examine the current political and cultural climate in relation to issues of power and privilege. We will aim to create a compassionate and safe space, while also challenging viewpoints that espouse racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc.
Members can read as much of each book as they want. We will meet about once a month, and sometimes more depending on the availability of the organizer. Thanks for your interest and please reach out if you have any questions. :)
Let's meet to discuss Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano, a book that advocates for the embracing and empowerment of femininity in all of its wondrous forms. We will meet at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt. All are welcome.
For more info about the book, please read the summary from Goodreads copied below:
"A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.
Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. She exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.”