Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

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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 People.com 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-equipped family that lacked the money, education, and resources 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 quest 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 unique challenges and vulnerabilities of trans youth and brave 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 yourself.

Title:Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781476709123
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    Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More Reviews

  • Raymond J

    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...

  • Thomas

    Appreciated this honest and courageous memoir about a Black and Indigenous woman’s transition into womanhood. Janet Mock writes with candor about growing up in a dysfunctional yet loving family, her...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I've been interested in Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock for quite some time, so much so that I bought the book in paperback (a rare thing for me)...

  • Elagabalus

    Note: It has been three years since I read and reviewed this book. Re-reading my review and the comments now, I think there are a couple points where I was bit too relentlessly critical, even a bit pe...

  • Wart Hill

    A beautifully written, achingly honest story of one woman's struggle to understand, achieve, and own her truth.Janet Mock, I salute your courage and your honesty. Thank you for writing this. I hope yo...

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI've had this book on my Kindle for ages but never got around to reading it until now and I am kicking myself for that because this book was ...

  • carol.

    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 Colber...

  • Tori (InToriLex)

    ind this and other Reviews at In Tori LexWe can all benefit from educating ourselves more about what it means to a Trans person in our society. Janet details her evolution from being a boy who knows s...

  • Danika at The Lesbrary

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

  • Sarah

    Who thinks Janet Mock could pass the Bechdel Test? Not me.While I appreciate and respect the vulnerabilities she shares in this book, I find it really hard to swallow that the premise of this books ex...