Redefining Realness

Redefining Realness

My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Book - 2014
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In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she publicly stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman. Since then, Mock has gone from covering the red carpet for to advocating for all those who live within the shadows of society. Redefining Realness offers a bold new perspective on being young, multiracial, economically challenged and transgender in America.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476709123
Branch Call Number: 306.768 MOCK J
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 24 cm


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SCL_Toby Jul 10, 2017

Janet Mock's autobiography is an unflinching re-telling of her experiences as a child, teenager, and young adult. She celebrates the trans women who helped her grow, learn, and discover herself and pushes back against a transphobic society by unapologetically telling her story. At times her writing falls a little flat, but overall I quite enjoyed this book.

ArapahoeJennieB May 08, 2017

This book should be required reading for anyone wishing to learn more about the importance of intersectionality in the feminist and lgbtq+ movement and community.

Jun 04, 2015

I adore this book. I feel so much joy and compassion after reading this I can't even stand it. I have never been so moved by a book before, and I think this would be a wonderful addition to any school's curriculum. I am going to recommend this to everyone because you get an immense amount of perspective from just one person. Janet Mock is a wonderful human being! If you are looking to expand your horizons, grow in empathy and compassion, and become more open minded, this will be a gift for you to read. I am so grateful for having read this!

hbrown10011 May 26, 2015

Very well written and quite funny too. Courageous!

Mar 29, 2014

A compelling account that doesn't gloss over the reality of being a poor young transwoman of color. The author succeeds, for the most part, in blending her personal story with a call to action and greater awareness.


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Jun 04, 2015

"People assume that I was in the closet because I didn't disclose that I was assigned male at birth.
What people are really asking is 'Why didn't you correct people when they perceived you as a real woman?' Frankly, I'm not responsible for other people's perceptions and what they consider real or fake. We must abolish the entitlement that deludes us into believing that we have the right to make assumptions about people's identities and project those assumptions onto their genders and bodies.
It is not a woman's duty to disclose that she's trans to every person she meets. This is not safe for a myriad of reasons. We must shift the burden of coming out from trans women, and accusing them of hiding or lying, and focus on why it is unsafe for women to be trans."

Jun 20, 2014

"Being exceptional isn’t revolutionary, it’s lonely. It separates you from your community. Who are you, really, without community? I have been held up consistently as a token, as the “right” kind of trans woman (educated, able-bodied, attractive, articulate, heteronormative). It promotes the delusion that because I “made it,” that level of success is easily accessible to all young trans women. Let’s be clear: It is not."

Jun 20, 2014

"Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power—not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist."

itohen Jun 15, 2014

You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for. This is the way genuine learning takes place. That’s a very difficult way to live, but it also has served me. It’s been an asset as well as a liability.


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