Essays & Commentary by Janet Mock GirlsLikeUs

 

In Defense of Clair Huxtable & the Angry Black Woman In TV & Beyond

In the second grade, all I thought I could aspire to was being a secretary. Not that there is anything wrong with being an administrative assistant but there...

My Feminist Awakening & the Influence of Beyonce’s Pop Culture Declaration

I have a reluctant relationship to labels, especially when I feel forced to clothe myself in them to signify my identity. James Baldwin created this beautiful...

An Open Letter to Jane Doe, the 16-year-old Girl Who Smiles & Dreams From Behind Bars

Dear Jane Doe*, I've known about you ever since you wrote that moving letter to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, pleading for your release. It marked...



Why I Asked Alicia Menendez About Her Vagina & Other Invasive Questions

I initially said, "No," when Alicia Menendez reached out to me on Twitter about her "great idea." Alicia's pitch involved me asking her the invasive questions...

Elixher’s ‘Body Issue’: Reclaiming Our Stories, Our Narratives, Our Bodies

In a chilly industrial studio in Long Island City, a week before the release of Redefining Realness, I lay nude on a gray backdrop. Though my hair was teased...

On Words & Sheroes: Seeking Possibility Through the Works of Women Writers

I still remember how exhilarating it was to be a 12-year-old with a library card, to be nestled by rows of books by writers from all walks of life, to be able...