Books · Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA

‘In that closed body, he is a girl…’

The Sand Child by Tahar Ben Jelloun My rating: 3 of 5 stars What struck me most strongly about this work is the intense male supremacy it highlights. The laws of inheritance that Ahmed/Zahra’s father’s deception is designed to subvert are significant, and the voice-shifting, fragmented, erased and reiterated narration of Ahmed/Zahra’s experience provides an… Continue reading ‘In that closed body, he is a girl…’


Reading ‘Whipping Girl’ Part III

My final post on reading Julia Serano’s book Whipping Girl Trans-sexualisation Serano distinguishes strongly between sexual desire (it can be empowering when the right person expresses such desire for us when we have signalled our openness & willingness to reciprocate) and sexualisation, which is used to leverage power over someone. “This can be seen all… Continue reading Reading ‘Whipping Girl’ Part III


Reading ‘Whipping Girl’ part II

Here’s my second post on reading Julia Serano’s book Whipping Girl Boygasms and Girlgasms: A Frank Discussion about Hormones and Gender Differences For Serano, gender is neither all nature nor all nurture. Society clearly influences how femaleness/femininity and maleness/masculinity are defined. On the other hand, bodily factors also have a hand in the matter. Serano… Continue reading Reading ‘Whipping Girl’ part II



So numerous folks said what I was attempting to say about gender a lot better this week! Aoife wrote The Biggest Gamete as Troll Bait Alex wrote Unsex me here… and Tina at Bitch magazine ❤ ❤ ❤ wrote about ending the long history of trans exclusion from feminism


Un-gendering sex: a feminist project?

Reading one of the lovely Refining Realness posts I noticed a Black trans woman’s recollection of preferring dolls to conventional boys’ toys in her early childhood. I bridled momentarily – because I’m 100% sure that playing with dolls, like being obsessed with pink, is not a hardwired thing, and Cordelia Fine did a pretty superb… Continue reading Un-gendering sex: a feminist project?