Transgender activist Janet Mock is the subject of Mediabistro’s latest “So What Do You Do?” interview. After a recent appearance on “Piers Morgan Live,” Mock sparred with Morgan over the terms used to identify her — a lower-third that read “was a boy until age 18″ and a Tweet that called her “formerly a man.”
Mock, who told Morgan to “stop sensationalizing my life and misgendering trans women,” talks to us about the incident:
The show framed our conversation with problematic language that showed their lack — and our culture’s lack — of understanding about trans people’s right to define themselves. It’s problematic for media professionals to use terms and words that we do not use to identify ourselves. What we must do is give people the freedom to declare themselves and define themselves.