Redefining Realness

Redefining Realness

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

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
"In a landmark book, an extraordinary young woman recounts her coming-of-age as a transgender teen--a deeply personal and empowering portrait of self-revelation, adversity, and heroism. 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 People.com 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. Welcomed into the world as her parents' firstborn son, Mock set out early on to be her own person--no simple feat for a young person like herself. She struggled as the smart, determined child in a deeply loving, yet ill-equipped family that lacked money, education, and resources. Mock had to navigate her way through her teen years without parental guidance but luckily with a few close friends and mentors she overcame extremely daunting hurdles. This powerful memoir follows Mock's quest for identity, from her early gender conviction to a turbulent adolescence in Honolulu that found her transitioning through the halls of her school, self-medicating with hormones at fifteen, and flying across the world for sex reassignment surgery at just eighteen. Ever resilient, Mock emerged with a scholarship to college and moved to New York City, where she earned her masters degree, basked in the success of an enviable career, and toldno one about her past. It wasn't until Mock fell for a man who called her the woman of his dreams that she felt ready to finally tell her story, becoming a fierce advocate for girls like herself. A profound statement of affirmation from a courageous woman, Redefining Realness shows as never before what it means to be a woman today and how to be yourself when you don't fit the mold created for you"--

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A journalist and activist who was profiled in a 2011 Marie Claire feature outlines bold perspectives on the realities of being young, multi-racial, economically challenged and transgender in today's America, recounting her disadvantaged youth and decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of 18 before pursuing a career and falling in love.
A journalist and activist offers her perspective on the realities of being young, multi-racial, economically challenged, and transgender, recounting her disadvantaged youth and decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of eighteen.

Simon and Schuster
In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2014
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781476709123
1476709122
Branch Call Number: 306.768092 Mock
Characteristics: xviii, 263 p

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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.

AL_JENNIEB 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.

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tyham173
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!

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GummiGirl
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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tyham173
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."

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milesjordan
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."

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milesjordan
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.
—AUDRE LORDE

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