If you follow my Twitter at all, you’d see that I’ve been excited about reading a gender theory classic — Julia Searano’s Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. I happen to still geek out over Gender Theory, and this book has been a great read from the beginning. While a lot of the introductory material is stuff that I thought I’ve heard a million times — she still puts it in a great way; I appreciated the review. And, she’s been adding more insight into the way I view femininity, trans people, and myself.
You may have noticed that I made a slight change to the name of the site. This change came about because of a great point that Serano made early in her book. In my own words, Serano posits: ‘trans’ is a modifier used to indicate a life experience of a man – as we might refer to a ‘Buddhist man’. Trans men are othered by making a separate category for them as ‘transmen’ or ‘FTMs’ – but we don’t have to perpetuate that. And, I definitely don’t want to perpetuate that here at TfTM. So, the name was changed: ‘Tips for Transmen’ became Tips for Trans Men.