Writing & Commentary by Janet Mock TV

 

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...

Thanks For Making ‘Redefining Realness’ a New York Times Bestseller!

This past week has been one of my most trying. Juggling media, obligations to loved ones and self, an intense travel schedule as well as public scrutiny...

A Dream Realized: ‘Redefining Realness’ Is Finally Here

It didn't hit me that I actually wrote a book until a hardcover copy finally came in. That was about three weeks ago. Though I wrote the book, went...