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Trans Book Review: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

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When Tina, who is a media liaison for Transexual Hookups told us about Janet Mock’s memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, we were thrilled and decided we had to read it right away. Janet Mock rocked the media world when she came out as trans in 2012. Janet is a former staff editor of People Magazine, and her coming out surprised many. She transitioned at eighteen, during her freshman year of college. She’s been a media darling, causing some controversy when she corrects people who say she was raised as a boy, telling them, “I was born in what doctors proclaim is a boy’s body.”

What we loved about Redefining Realness was that yes, of course it was about her transition, but it was about so much more. It wasn’t just the story of a transwoman, but the story of a person. The book follows her life from Hawaii to California, and then to New York as she navigates becoming a woman. The biography is also different than many other trans biographies out there because Janet did not come from a privileged background, and she is a person of color.

“I love that I can relate to so many points in the book,” Donna, a trans woman and community outreach associate at TSmeet.com told us. “Like when Janet was dealing with how to tell her boyfriend Aaron about her trans history, and the ways in which she had to deal with her family. Even though her story was different, I completely related and it was very touching.”

Unlike other similar memoirs, the book doesn’t dance around difficult issues. She discusses her experiences with sex work, poverty and abuse. The best part about the book though, is that she comes out on top and has lived through all the difficult times to share her bravery and determination with us today.

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“Janet Mock is definitely an amazing trans advocate,” Donna exclaimed. “It’s people like her who are paving roads for all trans women in America today, and making it easier for us to get out there, get great jobs, and live the dream. I’m happy that I can do my small part to help trans women on the dating scene, but that pales in comparison to Ms. Mock.”

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