Call Her Caitlyn
I’ll be honest, I am 100% tired of hearing about Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn, his new identity now that he is publicly out as a her. The story was out in the public eye long before Jenner made the official announcement, thanks to the Kardashian’s reality show and fondness for living life like an open wound. Countless tabloids reported how Bruce was shaving down his Adam’s apple, growing his hair, and taking female hormones in preparation to become a woman. Photos of him wearing a dress were illegally obtained and briefly posted. Eventually, he gave a heartfelt interview to tell the world about his transition in his own words and on his own terms.
Now, the Vanity Fair photos have been released in preparation for the July issue that will feature Jenner on the cover with his new name and as a woman. He has received surgeries, including breast augmentation, and facial reconstruction to appear more feminine. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say I was looking at someone who was born a female Since the photos surfaced, all everyone is talking about is Caitlyn. People are excited and call her a hero, and people are disgusted and want him to piss off.
I was born a female and am quite happy being female, so I cannot begin to understand what it must be like for someone to be born in the wrong body. The positive part of this is that people are talking. Sadly, the Kardashians are the biggest names out there when it comes to reality TV, so the reach that this story gets is massive. Caitlyn has forced everyone to acknowledge that transgender individuals can be anyone and can come from anywhere. It is in our face whether we like it or not, and that is something I am happy about. The LGBT community isn’t going to vanish, so anything that helps get more people talking and more people exposed is welcomed by me.
That said, I 100% understand why certain people are angry about Jenner being hailed as a hero and talked about as if she is a Goddess. She is not the first to make this journey and certainly won’t be the last. She has the money to get the surgeries while others do not. She gets the glamorous photo shoot while others get ignored. It’s unfair. On the other side, people that consider a hero to be something other than a person getting a sex change, I see your point of view as well. I honestly can’t decide if what Jenner is doing is a brave step towards an honest life or some insane publicity stunt (thanks, Kim). If living honest is heroic, we all have the capacity to be a hero, so I’m not quite comfortable with that title while also not opposing it.
Here’s the bottom line though; Jenner can do whatever she wants to do and it doesn’t matter one little bit whether you like it or not. We all have the right to be happy, so long as our happiness doesn’t harm others or break laws. We have the right to pursue that happiness, and as long as we don’t overstep the obvious boundaries, no one has any room or right to tell us we can’t. Not all of us are born to fit into the “normal” mold and I think it’s fantastic that we have resources to help us find our true place in life. I can get fake boobs if I want, and so can Caitlyn. Jenner isn’t my hero, but I’m glad he decided to publicly become a she. Now it’s on us to either accept that there are people like this in the world or to choose to remain close-minded and hateful. I hope everyone chooses wisely.