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  • Hardcover
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  • Redefining Realness My Path to Womanhood Identity Love So Much More
  • Janet Mock
  • English
  • 27 December 2017
  • 9781476709123

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  1. says:

    I'm not the biggest fan of memoirs per se and many trans memoirs are pretty dry redundant and focused on white trans men I e

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    I've been interested in Redefining Realness My Path to Womanhood Identity Love So Much More by Janet Mock for uit

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    Note It has been three years since I read and reviewed this book Re reading my review and the comments now I think there

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    A beautifully written achingly honest story of one woman's struggle to understand achieve and own her truthJanet Mock I salute your courage and your honesty Thank you for writing this I hope your story reaches Trans people and especially Trans women everywhere

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    I’ve been interested in this book ever since hearing Janet Mock talk on The Colbert Report segment here I loved her willingness to laugh at herself her attempts to focus the disconcerting Colbert her willingness to articulate iden

  6. says:

    This would actually make a great introductory book if you want to learn about trans issues or want to give it to someone you know Mock is careful to explain concepts and doesn't assume the reader is familiar with vocabula

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    ind this and other Reviews at In Tori LexWe can all benefit from educating ourselves about what it means to a Trans perso

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    Fantastic memoir of a woman who was confident in her gender identity from a young age but struggled with family dysfunction poverty gender dysphoria and racism Am absolutely brilliant study of trans living in th

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    It was great getting to know someone I admire so much on a deeper level An incredibly raw story of finding one's own most authentic self

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    In Redefining Realness My Path to Womanhood Identity Love So Much More Janet Mock opens herself up exposing her most vulnerable memories and struggles to provide encouragement to those going through similar situations and build understanding

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Redefining Realness My Path to Womanhood Identity Love So Much More

Necessary to help her thrive Mock navigated her way through her teen years without parental guidance but luckily with the support of a few close friends and mentors she emerged much stronger ready to take on and maybe even change the world This powerful memoir follows Mock’s uest for identity from an early unwavering conviction about her gender to a turbulent adolescence in Honolulu that saw her transitioning during the tender years of high school self medicating with hormones at fifteen and flying across the world alone for sex reassignment surgery at just eighteen With unflinching honesty Mock uses her own experience to impart vital insight about the uniue challenges and vulnerabilities of trans youth and brave. I ve been interested in this book ever since hearing Janet Mock talk on The Colbert Report segment here I loved her willingness to laugh at herself her attempts to focus the disconcerting Colbert her willingness to articulate identity issues on a show that specializes in sarcasm Only in her late twenties she s written the story of her process of gender identity to date in Redefining Realness an autobiography that is occasionally as telling for what is included as minimizedRedefining Realness starts with an Author s Note an Introduction and finally an untitled preface of New York City 2009 and her decision to share her past with a boyfriend who has become very close As she takes a deep breath into disclosure the narrative dives into her past transitioning to Part One Honolulu first grade 1989 Having been born with male genitals Janet was named Charles after her father but recalls feeling female gendered since her earliest years She relates a story where a childhood friend Marilyn dared her to put on a dress hanging on the clothesline It became a Big Deal with Grandma catching her her sister tattling and her mom having a Conversation The anecdote becomes a point to begin educating the reader about the process of gender definition the cultural norms that assign items as gendered hair clothes walk etc and how they are reinforced through our daily acts The juxtaposition of the intellectual deconstruction with her life events foreshadows a pattern continued through her narrative Janet segues into her parents history her witnessing of her dad s ongoing affair her mother s discoveries leading to suicide attempts and dissolution of the marriage The separation precipitated Janet s dad moving to Oakland and once her mom was pregnant with a new child and in a new relationship Janet joining him The rest of the narrative covers time in Oakland with her dad and his addiction issues and the move to Texas and his family Part Two begins with Janet s return to Hawai i in 1995 Throughout her moves Janet relates moments where her gender identity was a struggle Part Three begins with her claiming the name Janet out loud to her high school as a sopho and the steps that followed as she became out about claiming a female identity and seeking to make her identity a biological realityTwo completely random observations Interestingly though Janet doesn t overtly discuss it many of those early gender moments are centered around hair whether admiring the silky long hair of her mother or her father punishing her by taking her to the barber for a short haircut I found it particularly interesting as hair is a powerful touchstone in African American culture and Janet seemed to seize on it as part of establishing her femininity Second Hawaiian culture and perhaps culture of the late 90s seems to be far comfortable with gender ambiguity than most areas in AmericaWhat can you say about someone s heartfelt autobiography I m not ualified to judge anyone s life what I look for in autobiography are the moments of emotional honesty that cut to the heart of human experience that acknowledge the complexity of what it means to be human with all of our good intentions and sad mistakes Mock s autobiography largely succeeds here although with an emotional brevity that somewhat limits the feeling of engagementI appreciated Mock s attempts to transcend the specifics of the individual experience reflecting on the larger social issues that contextualize her experience For instance in the section where she discusses her childhood sexual abuse she also relates some facts about sexual abuse offenders In the section on sex work she also integrates discussion of defined womanhood as well as the economics of survival sex work At times the deconstruction provides excellent insight into the situation from a cultural perspective at other times it makes for sweeping generalities that minimize the emotional complexities Occasionally the pieces also feel a little bit Gender Studies 101 although I acknowledge my intellectual exposure in the genre is greater than many readers it lacked some of the subtlety and finesse I expected from someone blurbed by bell hooksMore disappointing are a couple sections that are minimized particularly the less than one page mention of losing her virginity at the age of sixteen I don t think it is voyeurism as much as wanting to know how she negotiated an emotionally loaded experience in any human s life beyond a passing note of weeks later I lost my virginity But memory is tricky and in my own case what I think I remember about my own experience is no doubt different than my memories of it in my twenties and then again in my thirties Is it fair to ask that Mock share it I don t know but for most of us gender is tied up in sexuality and in Mock s own story she makes it clear that while it is related it is also complicated I think I wished for of those sorts of discussions than experiences of buying her first lip gloss or hanging at the MAC makeup counterBy the end I admired Mock s willingness to share so much to acknowledge the times she was perhaps understandably focused on her survival at the expense of others the very definition of adolescence and to recognize and celebrate her multiple identities Very briefly as part of her narrative of the sex trade Mock acknowledges with amazing honesty kindness and compassion are sisters but not twins to have compassion for these men would mean that I d have to know them and they would have to know me It proved a telling line although likely not uite in the way she meant it I found at times she was very self critical sounding unforgiving for perspectives I d attribute to the arrogance of youth I give her credit I don t know that I d ever publish an entire book exposing my childhood as well as innumerable coming of age vulnerabilities I hope she can find some compassion for herself

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Girls like herself Despite the hurdles Mock received a scholarship to college and moved to New York City where she earned a master’s degree enjoyed the success of an enviable career and told no one about her past She remained deeply guarded until she fell for a man who called her the woman of his dreams Love fortified her with the strength to finally tell her story enabling her to embody the undeniable power of testimony and become a fierce advocate for a marginalized and misunderstood community A profound statement of affirmation from a courageous woman Redefining Realness provides a whole new outlook on what it means to be a woman today and shows as never before how to be authentic unapologetic and wholly yoursel. It was great getting to know someone I admire so much on a deeper level An incredibly raw story of finding one s own most authentic self

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In 2011 Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman Those twenty three hundred words were life altering for the Peoplecom editor turning her into an influential and outspoken public figure and a desperately needed voice for an often voiceless community In these pages she offers a bold and inspiring perspective on being young multicultural economically challenged and transgender in America Welcomed into the world as her parents’ firstborn son Mock decided early on that she would be her own person no matter what She struggled as the smart determined child in a deeply loving yet ill euipped family that lacked the money education and resources. I m not the biggest fan of memoirs per se and many trans memoirs are pretty dry redundant and focused on white trans men I even am a white trans man but most of them exhausted me I transitioned about 14 years ago have worked around the ueer community for nearly 20 years and have recently felt a bit jaded and exhausted by the work But in the past year Janet Mock has really exploded into the cultural landscape and I couldn t be grateful for the passion kindness and strength she s brought to the conversation I ve been following her on twitter and was excited for the release of her memoir I knew she was a talented writer so it wouldn t be hard to read but I wasn t expecting to be so moved to have my heart expanded to laugh at the recognition of myself and friends and family on the page and to even have old fears and hurts dug up and transformed within myself This is a book I wouldn t hesitate to give to cis folks to help understand the journeys of trans people but I also would encourage trans folks to do themselves a favor and spend a few hours with Janet Mock s book it could help reinvigorate your heart and transform your own story


About the Author: Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a writer TV host and advocate whose work has appeared in Marie Claire The New Yorker and Lenny With a Masters in journalism from New York University the Honolulu native worked as an editor at Peoplecom produced HBO’s The Trans List hosted a series of specials for MSNBC and appeared on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday Oprah Winfrey has called her a “fearless new voice” and “trailblaz