Womanhood 2.0: A Visual-Verbal-Virtual Redefinition of Womanhood by Janet Mock

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This chapter examines the redefinition of womanhood by Janet Mock, a trans woman writer and trans rights activist of African American and Hawaiian descent. By referring to her website and social media platforms in her memoir, Redefining Realness. My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (2014), Janet Mock debunks the limitations of the written text. Words, pictures, GIFs, and videos combine to create a visual-virtual-verbal (re)definition of womanhood—“Womanhood 2.0”—a concept that arises from both a “traditional” life narrative, Mock’s memoir, and Mock’s life storytelling in visual and digital media. Mock’s ‘visual/verbal/virtual’ self-narratives contribute to expanding the life story presented in her memoir, and thus (re)shape her reader’s understanding of trans women’s communities, complicating heteronormative and cisnormative narratives about trans women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Life Writing
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Life Writing
ISSN (Print)2730-9185
ISSN (Electronic)2730-9193

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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