Liberating 'Girls'? WashPost Gauzily Champions Janet Mock's Trans-Crusade for 'Redefining Realness'

The Washington Post is glorifying the man who calls himself “Janet Mock” on the front of the Friday Style section, but it’s a bit puzzling. They noted the recent kerfuffle over Piers Morgan’s CNN show describing Mock as “a boy until 18" as “a ticking time bomb that later exploded on Twitter.”

But wait, Post reporter Dan Zak first wrote, “She had three goals when she was growing up as Charles Mock in Honolulu.” So she grew up as a girl named Charles, apparently. Zak celebrated this “trans woman.” Dan Zak – the smug snarkster who trashed Paul Ryan as a little boy –  is now sincerely scolding the “wider world” as “always way behind on trans issues,” as if he were the most sensitive, clued-in reporter on the planet:

The wider world has always been way behind on trans issues, from the moment in 1952 when Christine Jorgensen deplaned on American soil after undergoing the first-ever successful sex-change operation, to last year’s hand-wringing by the media over how to refer to Chelsea Manning, who was first known to the public as Bradley Manning.

The Post’s print headline was “With no many life goals met, Janet Mock looks to engender a movement.” Get it?

The cause for this cotton-candy puff of publicity is not only the CNN controversy, but Mock’s new book – evocatively titled “Redefining Realness” – has made the number-19 slot on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list. This certainly redefines nonfiction, since transgender advocacy in the press demands a complete denial of biological reality.

Dan Zak’s purple prose for “Janet” might make Perez Hilton look less enraptured with the revolution:

Her book-party dress is half-white and half-black. Her heels are shiny and pointed and black. Her teeth are shiny and perfect and white. Her hair is a black-bronze frizz. She knows she could go “stealth,” and fly under the radar in a society attuned to any deviation from the norm. But she has chosen to be a public champion — with all the attendant scrutiny and frustration — for trans women who can’t leave their homes as themselves for fear of violence, who are fighting battles over such fundamentals as bathrooms and education and employment and poverty.

“For me,” Mock says, “the number one thing is to liberate the girls.”

Except...they're boys with gender dysphoria. This wasn’t the end of the volcano of hot lava and smoke in Mock’s favor. This was the article’s conclusion, as Mock reads to a reception from her book, turned to Chapter 14:


“I was a mixed black girl existing in a Westernized Hawaiian culture where petite Asian women were the ideal, in a white culture where black women were furthest from the standard of beauty, in an American culture where trans women of color were invisible,” she says, now the center of attention.

Mock is the center of attention because the politically correct Post and suddenly sensitive Zak decided to put him there. Him? That’s not “gender bigotry.” That’s reality. The press doesn’t like reality or science on this issue. It’s all a gauzy tale of flattery that could be called “The Empress Wore Shiny Pointed Black Heels.”

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis