In February 2014, Janet Mock was interviewed by Piers Morgan. It was an interview that sadly highlighted the ignorance many transgendered people go through day-to-day.
In the interview, Morgan referred to Mocks as a ‘former man’ and asked a series of personal questions about her gender.
This is not the first time a transgendered person has had to face such questions on national TV – in another interview Katie Couric felt the need to repeatedly ask Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox about her genitals.
On this week on Fusion TV’s AM Tonight Janet Mock has turned the tables on a TV host – Alicia Menendez, asking her some of the invasive questions about her body that trans people face regularly. Turning the interview on Menendez, she said: “You’re beautiful – what’s so amazing about you is that if I were to look at you, I would never have not known that you weren’t trans.
“So who was the first person you told you were cis to?
“Do you have a vagina? When was the moment you felt your breasts budding? Do you use tampons?
“When you were going through puberty, did you feel trapped by the changes your body was going through? Did you feel like a girl?”
After the reverse-interview, Menendez conceded that the questions felt invasive.
She said: “That was so awful!
“We wrote a lot of these questions and I didn’t realise how awful and invasive some of them would feel, and how I would feel now.
“When you have the questions turned on you, I understand how much more intimate those questions feel.”