What follows is a fairly comprehensive list of all of my writings, including books I have written, anthologies I have been included in, individual articles and essays I have penned, my chapbooks (i.e., small, self-published books), academic papers, and translations of my work. For each category, writings appear in reverse chronological order, with more recent works at the top of the list.
FYI, this page does not include many of my older (mostly trans-themed) writings - these can be found on either my trans activism webpage and/or my blog.
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noteworthy recent additions:
my latest book
was recently named a finalist for the Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction! On this site, you can peruse the Table of Contents, read the Introduction & numerous excerpts, and/or explore the free online trans/gender glossary (with almost 200 entries!) that accompanies the book. in February 2017, I published three essays on the topic of free speech:
Free Speech and the Paradox of Tolerance, a follow up to that essay, and on Milo, the limits of free speech, and who gets thrown under the bus. check out my other recent
Medium posts Empathy Politics, Prejudice, “Political Correctness,” and the Normalization of Donald Trump, and Detransition, Desistance, and Disinformation: A Guide for Understanding Transgender Children Debates.
My first book,
(2007, second edition in 2016), can be purchased (in paperback, e-book, & now audiobook!) at Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's (Portland independent bookstore), Giovanni’s Room (Philly-based LGBTQ bookstore), Women and Children First (Chicago feminist bookstore), or at a local independent bookstore near you.
The following are anthology contributions and/or forewords I have written for other peoples books. Most of the links will take you to the Amazon.com site for the book, so that you can find out more about it - but I encourage you to buy it from an independent bookstore if you can!
(Great Books, 2016). Includes my personal essay “At Odds.” Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community
, edited & by Larry May & Jill B. Delston (Routledge, 2015). Includes my essay “A Holistic View of Gender and Sexuality.” Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach
, edited & illustrated by Allison Moon & kd diamond (Lunatic Ink, 2015). Includes some of my thoughts about identity set to illustration. Girl Sex 101
, edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth (Oxford University Press, 2014). Includes my brief “Trans-Misogyny Primer.” Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community
, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis Press, 2013). Includes my piece Cherry Picking. Best Sex Writing 2013: The State of Today's Sexual Culture
, edited by Wendy Kolmar and Frances Bartkowski (McGraw-Hill, 2013). Includes my essay Trans Woman Manifesto. Feminist Theory: A Reader
, edited by Susan Stryker and Aren Z. Aizura (Routledge, 2013). Includes my essay Skirt chasers: why the media depicts the trans revolution in lipstick and heels. The Transgender Studies Reader 2
, by Riki Wilchins (Riverdale Avenue Books, 2013). I wrote the Foreward for the book. Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender
, edited by Maud-Yeuse Thomas (lulu.com, 2012). Includes my La Transyclopedie: tout savoir sur les transidentités Trans-misogyny primer translated into French/Français.
, edited by Anne Enke (Temple University Press, 2012). Includes my essay Reclaiming Femininity. Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies
, edited by Morty Diamond (Manic D Press, 2011). Includes my piece Cherry Picking. Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary
, edited by Tristan Taormino (Cleis Press, 2011). Includes my piece Small Blue Thing. Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica
, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman (Seal Press, 2010). Includes my contribution Performance Piece. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
, eds. Stacey May Fowles and Megan Griffith-Greene (Tightrope Books, 2009). Includes my piece Ophelia Revisited. She's Shameless: Women Write About Growing Up, Rocking Out and Fighting Back
, edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti; published by Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape Seal Press, 2009. Includes my contribution Why Nice Guys Finish Last.
, edited by Lisa Solod Warren; published by Desire: Women Write About Wanting Seal Press, 2007. Includes my contribution At Odds in which I describe the way I experienced my desire to be female when I was younger.
, edited by Alix Olson with a foreword by Eve Ensler; published by Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution Seal Press, 2007. Includes two of my spoken word pieces (Sleeping Sickness and Vice Versa) and a new essay called Exceeding Expectations.
, edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler; published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in 2006. Includes my contribution Skirt Chasers: Why the Media Dresses the Trans Revolution in Lipstick and Heels. Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine
articles and essays
Here is a list of articles, essays, and other pieces that I have written for various magazines, webzines, and/or my own blog:
Great Expectations (a sneak-peak of chapter from my novel-in-progress) was made exclusively available for my Patreon supporters on April 26, 2017. In February 2017, I published three essays on the topic of free speech:
Free Speech and the Paradox of Tolerance, a follow up to that essay, and on Milo, the limits of free speech, and who gets thrown under the bus. The speech that I gave at the San Francisco Women’s March, entitled
Empathy Politics, was posted on Medium on January 22, 2017. You can also listen to a live recording of me giving the speech via my Patreon site. My essay
Prejudice, “Political Correctness,” and the Normalization of Donald Trump appeared on Medium on November 22, 2016.
A long-lost chapter originally intended for Whipping Girl (and which now appears in my latest book ) was made available for my Outspoken Patreon supporters on August 17, 2016. My essay
Detransition, Desistance, and Disinformation: A Guide for Understanding Transgender Children Debates appeared on Medium on August 2, 2016. A few days later, I published this follow-up post.
Activism, Language, and Differences of Opinion (a compilation of essays) collects links to the many articles and essays that I have written on these topics over the last few years - I plan to regularly update this page whenever new similarly-themed pieces become available. I wrote the introduction to the “Identity” section of
(no. 70, Spring 2016). Bitch magazine’s 20th anniversary issue My essay
Expanding Trans Media Representation: Why Transgender Actors Should Be Cast in Cisgender Roles appeared on Medium on May 3, 2016. My op-ed
The Truth About Caitlyn Jenner’s Politics appeared in TIME on March 28, 2016.
Placing Ken Zucker’s clinic in historical context is a response to oversights in a recent NY Mag article about this researcher and his methods. My article
How to Write a “Political Correctness Run Amok” Article appeared on Medium on 11-10-15, along with this follow up. The article subsequently appeared in . Salon
Alice Dreger’s disingenuous campaign against transgender activism critiques a series of recent articles that misrepresent both transgender research and activism.
Julia Serano on Judith Butler appeared on my blog on 9-11-15.
Regarding Trans* and Transgenderism appeared on my blog on 8-27-15. My article
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (and it’s not because of “political correctness”) appeared on Medium on 8-18-15, and a day later as an op-ed in . The Advocate I published two pieces on the theory of
autogynephilia and the promotion of pseudoscience: May 2015’s Reconceptualizing “Autogynephilia” as Female/Feminine Embodiment Fantasies (FEFs), and July 2015’s The Real “Autogynephilia Deniers”. My (pre-Caitlyn) op-ed
Bruce Jenner and the trans narrative: it’s time for a little bit of Transgender 201 appeared in The Guardian (US edition) on 4-29-15. Prior to that, I also wrote a short blogpost about the topic. On 2-5-15,
Ravishly ran a Noah Berlatsky interview of me about recent high-profile articles & debates about “call-out culture” and “political correctness”. I published two in-depth blogposts on
Cissexism and Cis Privilege Revisited: Part 1 focuses on Who Exactly Does “Cis” Refer To? and Part 2 focuses on Reconciling Disparate Uses of the Cis/Trans Distinction. My op-ed
An Open Letter to appeared in The New Yorker The Advocate on August 5, 2014. My essay
Empowering Femininity appeared on Ms. Magazine blog, July 28, 2014.
Regarding “Generation Wars”: some reflections upon reading the recent Jack Halberstam essay appeared on my blog on 7-13-14.
On the “activist language merry-go-round,” Stephen Pinker’s “euphemism treadmill,” and “political correctness” more generally appeared on my blog on 6-2-14.
On The Kinks’ song “Lola” and the *soft vowel sounds* song “Ray” (May, 2014) discusses my thought process on creating a parody of that famous “gender-bending” classic rock hit.
On People, Polarization, Panopticons, and #ComplexFeelingsAboutActivism appeared on my blog on 4-28-14.
A Personal History of the “T-word” (and some more general reflections on language and activism) appeared on my blog on 4-28-14.
The Struggle to Find Trans Love (a book excerpt from ) appeared in Excluded The Daily Beast on January 14, 2014.
Forget diversity, we need to learn to expect and embrace ‘heterogeneity’ (a book excerpt from ) appeared in Excluded The Scavenger on November 20, 2013.
What Does It Mean to be a Woman? (a book excerpt from ) appeared in Excluded AlterNet on October 16, 2013. My piece
In Defense of Partners appeared on my blog on 10-8-13. My piece
Gender Is More Than Performance (a book excerpt from ) appeared in Excluded The Advocate on October 7, 2013. Part of the Introduction to my new book
was excerpted by Excluded on October 6, 2013. Women’s eNews My piece
Considering Trans and Queer Appropriation appeared on my blog on 10-1-13. My piece
How to Be an Ally to Trans Women (a book excerpt from ) appeared in Excluded Velvetpark on September 4, 2013. My essay
FAAB-Mentality appeared on my blog on 3-7-13. My blog posts
Trans people still “disordered” according to latest DSM and the subsequent Follow up on DSM-still-considers-trans-folks-“disordered” post appeared on my blog on December 3 and 4, 2012. My essay
Bisexuality and Binaries Revisted appeared on my blog 11-19-12. My personal essay
Laura Jane Grace and coming out as trans in the public eye appeared on my blog on 5-30-12. My essay
appeared on Trans Feminism: Theres No Conundrum About It Ms. Magazine blog, April 18, 2012. My
Trans-misogyny primer was made available on my blog on 4-3-12. My personal essay
Adjustments (a 2011 personal retrospective) first appeared on my blog on 2-2-12. My essay
A Transsexual Versus Transgender Intervention first appeared on my blog on 9-8-11. Shortly thereafter, I wrote a follow up called Postscript for my TS-vs-TG-Intervention. My personal essay
Skin first appeared on my blog on 12-19-10. My academic critical review
The Case Against Autogynephilia [PDF link] was published online in October, 2010 in International Journal of Transgenderism (Volume 12, Issue 3, pp. 176-187). My essay
Bisexuality does not reinforce the gender binary was published on the webzine The Scavenger on October 10, 2010.
published my piece Bitch Media Rave On: Julia Serano on Daring to Be Bad on July 15, 2009.
Whipping Girl FAQ #4: On cissexual, cisgender, and cis privilege first appeared on my blog on 5-14-09.
Whipping Girl FAQ #3: Submissive Streak first appeared on my blog on 8-22-08. My article
Rethinking Sexism: How Trans Women Challenge Feminism, which discusses Michfest, feminism, and new directions in trans activism, appeared on the progressive news website on August 5, 2008. AlterNet.org My peer commentary
A Matter of Perspective: A Transsexual Woman-Centric Critique of Dregers Scholarly History of the Bailey Controversy was published in the psychology journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, Volume 37, Number 3, June, 2008.
invited me to Out Magazine interview Candis Cayne for their April 2008 transgender issue.
Whipping Girl FAQ #2: On the words transsexual, transgender and queer first appeared on my blog on 12-31-07.
Whipping Girl FAQ #1: The necklace issue first appeared on my blog on 11-24-07. My poem
Scared to Death appeared on my blog on Transgender Day of Remembrance, 11-20-07. My spoken word poem
Performance Piece is included as part of . Gay Utopia: A Symposium on Sex and the Future On November 19, 2007,
posted an article I wrote entitled Feministing.com Theres Something About Deception. (note: the link takes you to TransGriots blog, where it was cross-posted.) On August 24, 2007,
posted an article I wrote about the Feministing.com ongoing J. Michael Bailey controversy. An excerpt from
entitled Welcome to the New Gender Binary! appears in issue #12 (2007) of Whipping Girl . other magazine My piece
Gendercator-centered dialogs appeared on my blog on 7-12-07. An excerpt from
entitled The Future of Gender Activism appears in issue #1 (2007) of Whipping Girl make/shift magazine.
my review of the book (Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter, editors) appears in Transgender Rights LiP Magazine #7, 2007. In August 2006, I wrote a web-post entitled
that has since evolved into a collection of new thoughts and rants regarding the issue of trans woman-inclusion in lesbian and women-only spaces. Frustration My feature article
Skirt Chasers: Why the Media Depicts the Trans Revolution in Lipstick and Heels appears in Bitch Magazine #26 in Fall of 2004. Scared to Death was the November 2004 Featured Poem on
ButchDykeBoy.com. read it here! My piece Vice Versa appears in
The Big Ugly Review issue #1, The First Time, in 2004. read it here! The poem "Either Or" appears in
Transgender Tapestry issue #105, Spring 2004. read it here! The article "Mirror Image" appears in
Cherry Bomb issue #4, 2004 (San Francisco, CA). An excerpt from the poem "Cocky" and an interview with Julia can be found in Michelle Tea's article
Transmissions from Camp Trans in The Believer, Nov 2003 issue (San Francisco, CA). The poem "Sleeping Sickness" appears in Clamor Magazine #23 - November/December 2003 (Toledo, OH). read it
here! My poem "Super Hero" appears in Son of Words, 2003. read it
here! My poem "Mix and Match" appears in
Holy Titclamps #19, Summer, 2003 (San Francisco, CA). read it here! My essay Legally Married Lesbians appears in
Sink, issue #3, 2003 (Oakland, CA). My poem "Barrette Manifesto" appears in the
Cubby Missalette - The Girly Mag issue, 2002 (Oakland, CA). read it here!
Translations of my work:
If you are interested in translating my writings, click that link for more info.
The following are articles that I have written for academic journals:
Serano J.M., Martin A., Liubicich D.M., Jarvis E., Bruce H.S., La K., Browne W.E., Grimwood J., Patel N.H., 2016.
Comprehensive analysis of Hox gene expression in the amphipod crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis. Developmental Biology, 409 (1), 297-309. Martin A., Serano J.M., Jarvis E., Bruce H.S., Wang J., Ray S., Barker C.A., O’Connell L.C., Patel N.H., 2016.
CRISPR/Cas9 Mutagenesis Reveals Versatile Roles of Hox Genes in Crustacean Limb Specification and Evolution. Current Biology, 26 (1), 14-26. Serano, Julia (2013).
Trans People Still Disordered in DSM. . Social Text, DSM-CRIP issue Serano, Julia M. (2010).
The Case Against Autogynephilia [PDF link]. International Journal of Transgenderism, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp. 176-187. Liubicich, D.M., Serano, J.M., Pavlopoulos, A., Kontarakis, Z., Protas, M.E., Kwan, E., Chatterjee, S., Tran, K.D., Averof, M., Patel, N.H., 2009. Knockdown of Parhyale Ultrabithorax recapitulates evolutionary changes in crustacean appendage morphology. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 106, 13892-13896.
Pavlopoulos, A., Kontarakis, Z., Liubicich, D.M., Serano, J.M., Akam, M., Patel, N.H., Averof, M., 2009. Probing the evolution of appendage specialization by Hox gene misexpression in an emerging model crustacean, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 106, 13897-13902.
Serano, J. (2008). A Matter of Perspective: A Transsexual Woman-Centric Critique of Dregers Scholarly History of the Bailey Controversy. Archives of Sexual Behavior 37 (3), 491-494.
[PDF] click for article. Serano, J. and Rubin, G. M. (2003). The Drosophila synaptotagmin-like protein bitesize is required for growth and has mRNA localization sequences within its open reading frame. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100, 13368-13373.
[PDF] click for article Page-McCaw, A., Serano, J., Santé, J. and Rubin, G.M. (2003) Drosophila Matrix Metalloproteinases are required for tissue remodeling but not embryonic development. Developmental Cell 4, 95-106.
Littleton, J. T.*, Serano, T. L.*, Rubin, G. M., Ganetzky, B. and Chapman, E. R. (1999). Synaptic function modulated by changes in the ratio of Synaptotagmin I and IV. Nature 400, 757-760.
* these authors contributed equally to this work Kopczynski, C. C., Noodermeer, J. N., Serano, T. L., Chen, W.-Y., Pendleton, J. D., Lewis, S., Goodman, C. S. and Rubin, G. M. (1998). A high throughput screen to identify secreted and transmembrane proteins involved in Drosophila embryogenesis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 95, 9973-9978.
Karlin-McGinness, M., Serano, T. L. and Cohen, R. S. (1996). Comparative analysis of the kinetics and dynamics of K10, bicoid, and oskar mRNA localization in the Drosophila oocyte. Dev. Genet. 19, 238-248.
Serano, T. L. and Cohen, R. S. (1995). A small predicted stem-loop structure mediates oocyte localization of Drosophila K10 mRNA. Development 121, 3809-3818.
Serano, T. L. and Cohen, R. S. (1995). Gratuitous mRNA localization in the Drosophila oocyte. Development 121, 3013-3021.
Serano, T. L., Karlin-McGinness, M. and Cohen, R. S. (1995). The role of fs(1)K10 in the localization of the mRNA of the TGFalpha homolog gurken within the Drosophila oocyte. Mech. of Dev. 51, 183-192.
Cohen, R. S. and Serano, T. L. (1995). mRNA localization and function of the Drosophila fs(1)K10 gene. In Localized RNAs (ed. H. D. Lipshitz), pp. 99-112. Austin: R. G. Landes.
Serano, T. L., Cheung, H.-K., Frank, L. H. and Cohen, R. S. (1994). P element transformation vectors for studying Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis and early embryogenesis. Gene 138, 181-186.
Cheung, H.-K., Serano, T. L. and Cohen, R. S. (1992). Evidence for a highly selective RNA transport system and its role in establishing the dorsoventral axis of the Drosophila egg. Development 114, 653-661.
the following chapbooks are all smaller, self-published books that I have put out in the past...
On the Outside Looking In
is a 36 page, 4 essay chapbook providing a trans woman's perspective on feminism and the exclusion of trans women from lesbian and women-only spaces, Published
by Hot Tranny Action (Oakland, CA), copyright 2005.
is a 56 page chapbook containing 16 of Julia's spoken word pieces. Published
by Hot Tranny Action (Oakland, CA), copyright 2004.
Chapbook" is a two poem chapbook plus baby pictures released
in July, 2003! Published by Switch Hitter Press (Oakland, CA), copyright
is a 33 page chapbook that comes with a complementary 13 track CD!
It features eleven spoken word pieces and two Bitesize songs. Published
by Switch Hitter Press (Oakland, CA), copyright 2002.
As a songwriter, I often write lyrics! The lyrics to my first *soft vowel sounds* record can be found here, and all of the lyrics for my previous band Bitesize can be found here.
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