Journalist and trans activist Janet Mock is set to release her highly anticipated memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More on February 4th. Mock’s story is certainly book-worthy. The stunningly beautiful journalist was born a boy named Charles, became a sex worker as a teen and eventually got gender reassignment surgery in Thailand. Of course there’s a lot more that happened during those years and after, but those are three big parts of Mock’s early story.
As I said, Mock is a beautiful woman, the only reason people know that she was born with male genitalia is because she made the decision to speak out about it. She made the revelation in a 2011 Marie Claire interview.
In support of the book, Mock has released a series of YouTube videos offering little bits of her story. In one video she talks about how pop culture has impacted her and specifically Janet Jackson and Beyoncé. The YouTube clips also offer Mock’s thoughts on heavier subjects as well such as her stint as a sex worker. “There’s the shame and stigma attached of being a sex worker, but there are also other things I got from that—a sense of community, sisterhood, resiliency, resources, strength,” said Mock. “I want to really unpack sex work. It wasn’t all bad, it wasn’t all good and none of it was glamorous.”
Mock has a unique story with some extreme situations, but it is also a story that has things we can all relate to such as feeling lonely, afraid, empowered, loved, etc.
Will you be picking up Mock’s book?