Feminists have long challenged the ways in which men tend to sexualize women. But sexualization also negatively impacts other marginalized groups, who may be misconstrued as sexually deviant, predatory, hypersexual, undesirable, or as “fetish objects.” While many past writers have considered these different forms of sexualization separately, author Julia Serano argues that they are all deeply interconnected. Serano persuasively argues that liberation from sexual violence comes through collectively confronting sexualization itself. She then reveals powerful new ways to resist, providing numerous strategies designed to foster sexual equity without sacrificing sexual diversity in the process.
Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-mbased writer, performer, and activist. She is best known for her books Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, both of which regularly appear on best feminist and LGBTQIA+ books lists. Her writings have also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, TIME, Salon, The Daily Beast, and Ms. Julia's latest book, Sexed Up: How Society Sexualizes Us, and How We Can Fight Back, has just been released to rave reviews. More information about all of her endeavors can be found at juliaserano.com.
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