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

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 4, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 263 pages
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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.
 

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I am blown away by this book. Janet's honesty and wisdom are something everyone should experience. I wanted to know more about the transgender community and ended up knowing more about the world ... Read full review

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Janet Mock, beautiful former staff editor of People magazine, has been through a lot in her young life. Born Charles Mock into a family where both parents spent time doing drugs, kids were shuttled ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
15
Section 4
29
Section 5
43
Section 6
51
Section 7
61
Section 8
75
Section 13
129
Section 14
141
Section 15
143
Section 16
163
Section 17
179
Section 18
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Section 19
203
Section 20
221

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
121
Section 21
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Section 22
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About the author (2014)

Janet Mock is a writer, TV host, and advocate whose work has appeared in Marie Claire, The New York Times, and Lenny. With a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, the Honolulu native worked as an editor at People.com, produced HBO’s The Trans List, hosted a series of specials for MSNBC, and appeared on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday. Oprah Winfrey has called her a “fearless new voice” and “trailblazing leader” who “changed my way of thinking.” In addition, Janet has been honored by the Ms. Foundation for Women and Planned Parenthood, has spoken at the Women’s March on Washington, and Time magazine named her one of “the most influential people on the internet.” She is the author of New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness. Find out more at JanetMock.com.

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