This page offers 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 written, my chapbooks (i.e., small, self-published collections of my poetry and/or essays), and academic papers. For each category, writings appear in reverse chronological order, with more recent works at the top of the list.

In addition, I have a couple of webpages that are devoted to specific topics in trans activism: TS Psychology (critiquing psychological diagnoses & theories about transgender people) and Frustration (challenging trans-exclusion in lesbian and gay communities). Also, many smaller pieces that are not listed here can be found on my blog.

noteworthy recent additions: Julia’s second full-length book, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, is out now - click that link to order it, read reviews, and more! Also, read excerpts from the book have recently appeared in The Advocate, Women’s eNews, and Velvetpark.



Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive is my second book. It is a collection of essays that chronicle the problem of sexism-based exclusion within feminism and various LGBTQIA+ settings, and offer new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, sexism, and marginalization that foster inclusivity rather than exclusivity. Published by Seal Press, it will be available in October, 2013. More info can be found by clicking here.
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity is my first full-length book. It is a collection of personal essays that debunk many of the myths and misconceptions that people have about trans women, as well as the subject of gender in general. Published by Seal Press (Emeryville, CA) in June, 2007. More info can be found by clicking here.



The following are anthology contributions and/or forewards I have written for other people’s 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!


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:


academic papers
The following are articles that I have written for academic journals:
  • Serano, Julia M. (2010). The Case Against Autogynephilia. International Journal of Transgenderism, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp. 176-187. [PDF] click for article.
  • 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 Dreger’s “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., Santˇ, 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.
Draw Blood is a 56 page chapbook containing 16 of Julia's spoken word pieces. Published by Hot Tranny Action (Oakland, CA), copyright 2004.
"Baby Chapbook" is a two poem chapbook plus baby pictures released in July, 2003! Published by Switch Hitter Press (Oakland, CA), copyright 2003.
Either/Or 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.


At this time, all of the published song lyrics I've written can be found on the Bitesize lyrics page.


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