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Janet Mock Is Going To Blast Piers Morgan For “Sensationalizing” Her Life Tonight

janet-mock-piers-morganLast night, noted trans activist Janet Mock accused Piers Morgan of “sensationalizing” her life during a live interview on his show.

Mock appeared on the show to discuss the release of her book, Redefining Realness, and was taken aback by a tag that described her as “a boy until age 18.”

According to BuzzFeed, Morgan referred to Mock as having “been a man” although she has never identified as such, and posed the question “How would you feel if you found out the woman you are dating was formerly a man?” on Twitter. This just weeks after Katie Couric’s abrasive obsession with the bodies of trans women Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera was hailed as a “teaching moment” for America.

In an interview with BuzzFeed last night, Mock accused Morgan of having “bad judgement” and “reductive thinking about gender”:

He’s trying to do info-tainment. He doesn’t really want to talk about trans issues, he wants to sensationalize my life and not really talk about the work that I do and what the purpose of me writing this book was about.

My book is not about Aaron or my relationship, but that’s the most sensational thing they want to pull out. They’re not talking about my advocacy or anything like that, it’s just about this most sensationalized … meme of discussion of trans women’s lives: ‘We’re not real women, so therefore if we’re in relationships with men we’re deceiving them.’ So, it just feeds into those same kinds of myths and fears that they spread around, which leads to further violence of trans women’s bodies and identities.

What they’re saying is, ‘Only until I got the surgery, then I was a woman.

Thrown by Mock’s post-interview reaction, Morgan took to Twitter to defend himself:

Miraculously, Mock has agreed to appear on Piers Morgan Live again tonight at 9 p.m. to discuss the issue further:

Will you be watching?