Julia Serano is perhaps best-known as the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, the book that popularized the word "cisgender." Her influential text helped shift the conversation about trans inclusion and the marginalization of trans women in particular. In part one of this extended interview, we discuss how her background as a biologist helps her debunk transphobic arguments. Highlights include:
- how she came to find her name on Stephen Colbert's wikipedia page,
- why identifying as bisexual is not inherently transphobic,
- how she popularized (but did not invent) the word "cisgender".