Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More is a memoir that features the life and story of Janet Mock, an American trans woman who has become an activist for the transgender community. The book talks about Mock’s journey towards the body that finally reflects who she has always been as a person. Janet spent her childhood in Hawaii, California and then later on, Texas. As a trans girl, one of her biggest struggles have been with her family who loved her dearly but who found it hard to deal with her trans identity. Growing up with no role models or inspiring stories to help her through, it is now Janet’s goal to help other young trans girls with her book, by ensuring them that they are not alone.
An important part of Janet’s journey is also disclosure, or the moments where she had to be honest with the people around her about who she was and and what she went through in life. She had to find strength to admit that she grew up poor, that she was sexually abused as a child and that she was a sex worker. Of course, there is also the moment where she had to disclose to the man she loved that she was trans.
In her book and interviews, Janet also shares her hesitation about using the term “passing”, which is often applied to individuals who are transitioning from one sex to the other. For Janet, the term “passing” somehow suggests deception since it could mean trying to pass yourself off as something that you’re not. Janet prefers the term “being” since she is a woman who is living her life as a woman.
Janet’s book, Redefining Realness, has already been praised by critics and readers alike for its courage and insight. To support the book, you may order your copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kindle and local independent bookstores. Janet will also be doing a book tour where she will do talks, readings and book signing. Lastly, you can write online reviews of the book and spread the word about Janet’s causes. Check out Janet’s website here: http://janetmock.com/