Trans Advocate Janet Mock Asks Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, “Do You Have A Vagina?”

Total hero Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness and a trans advocate, recently sat down for an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, only this time, she was the one asking the questions. The interview was Menendez’s idea, and stemmed from a desire to show just how ridiculous and invasive the media is with trans people, specifically trans women like Mock. After remarking to Menendez, “The amazing thing about you is if I were to look at you, I would have never known that you weren’t trans,” Mock asked her just some of the questions she’s fielded in her own interview with such bigwigs as Piers Morgan. “Do you have a vagina?” “Did you feel like a girl?” “Do you use tampons?” etc. Some of the questions were less invasive but equally as silly-sounding — “Who was the first person you told that you were cis?” — illustrating just how much we position being cisgender as the norm, and everything else on the gender spectrum as the other. Though the interview structure was Menendez’s idea, it’s clear that the exercise had an impact on her that she didn’t expect. She explained that she initially thought some of those questions were necessary to ask Mock, “to bridge an understanding,” but after having them asked of her, she realizes “how much more intimate those questions feel.” Watch the whole interview above! [Fusion via Buzzfeed]