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Janet Mock turns tables to show how invasive interviews of trans people typically are

Janet Mock turns tables to show how invasive interviews of trans people typically are

Transgender activist and author Janet Mock made former CNN host Piers Morgan look mild in a mock interview this week with AM Tonight host Alicia Menendez for Fusion.

‘What’s so amazing is if I were to look at you, I would not have known you weren’t trans,’ Mock said to Menendez as she questioned her about being cisgender which is a woman who self identifies with the sex and gender that was assigned to her at birth.

Mock then followed with a barrage of questions including: ‘Do you have a vagina?’ ‘What was the moment that you felt your breasts budding?’ ‘Did you use tampons?’

Mock famously clashed earlier this year with Morgan after what she considered to be offensive graphics were shown during her interview on the show.

During a follow-up appearance, she attempted to educate a defensive Morgan and his viewers about the kinds of questions and statements that trans people find offensive.

Her appearance with Menendez took things a step further by flipping the script to make her point that far too many questions focus in genitalia and gender reassignment surgery.

After facing such questions, Menendez told Mock it was ‘awful. I didn’t realize how awful and invasive some of (the questions) would feel.’

Said Mock: ‘That’s the kind of experience I go through every time I’m interviewed – even the good ones. … Some of the questions aren’t necessary. Like the questions about your body. Why do you need to know that?’

Alicia experiences that firsthand when Mock flips the script and asks Alicia to share what it’s like to be a cisgender woman (a woman who self identifies with the sex and gender that was assigned to her at birth).