Top, tank top, and skirt: Thrifted — Tights: Target — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — “Earring”: Gift
I’ll give you a minute to guess which book this month’s Literary Stylings outfit is based on. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
No, it’s not Miss Fussy Takes a Prim and Proper Holiday. That’s not even a published work, what are you talking about? No, this time my outfit was inspired by Janet Mock’s new book, Redefining Realness. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it–she writes with such thoughtfulness and care. Yes, it’s about her experience being trans, black, Hawaiian, and poor, but it’s also about the larger picture of gender identity, race, class, and how they all intersect and are viewed by a society that prioritizes white, rich, cis supremacy. Janet frankly addresses her privileges along with her disadvantages, and defines terms while still holding the reader accountable for keeping up as she moves past Trans Facts 101 and into issues such as incarceration, poverty, respectability politics, and passing. It’s a smart, honest book, and very accessible.
As a white cisgender woman myself, I know that Janet’s book was not written for me, but I’m grateful to have been able to read it nevertheless. I thought about gender performance and feminine coding as I got dressed for the day, and I’ll continue thinking about it for a while to come. It’s overwhelmingly important to support the visibility of authors like Janet Mock, and Redefining Realness is a very valuable read.
If any trans readers of this blog would like to read Redefining Realness but haven’t been able to acquire a copy or afford it, I would very much like to help you out! Leave a comment and I’ll be in touch. Also, go check out Gracey’s Literary Stylings roundup, and maybe join in yourself!