Writer Janet Mock has released a six-video series promoting her new memoir. From the radiant Mock comes “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More.”
“Redefining Realness” unapologetically covers Mock’s past-to-present life as a male-to-female transgender person, with stories ranging from childhood oppression to the extremes of her former life as a sex worker. In a video clip titled “Disclosure,” Mock emphasizes the importance of revealing your truth, no matter how dark.
“Nothing would compare to the checks that come from being a sex worker,” the memoirist admits outright in the series. “That money was quick.” Mock adds that despite not being a glamorous career path (although “some of the women were glamorous”), being face-to-face with prostitution provided her with a sense of community, resilience, and strength. “It was like our underground railroad.”
The memoir will also discuss the writer’s biggest influences: Janet Jackson (the diva that inspired Mock’s name), Beyonce—whose 1990s TRL video premiere of the blunt “Bills, Bills, Bills” with group Destiny’s Child helped shift her entire outlook on her own self—and also the death of young R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton.
To Mock, whose self-fanning at the beginning of each video clip screams “fabulous,” this book serves as “a chance to create the story that I didn’t have growing up,” as a trans girl out of Honolulu Hawaii and (later) Oakland, California.
“We’re all frightened that if we tell the person that we love our truth or tell them who we really are, what we’ve been through that, then they will not love us anymore. And I think that that’s what we’re all searching for. We’re all searching for someone to love us exactly as we are.”
“Redefining Realness” hits shelves on February 4.