Writing & Commentary by Janet Mock Trans

 

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...

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...