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My cousin texted me the other day with screenshots of these posts from people on Instagram in response to Caitlyn Jenner coming out (I blocked out people’s names to protect their privacy). I’ve been seeing posts like these all over Facebook too, and it makes me upset to see how close minded people are.
So I thought I would respond with a blog post.
First of all, bravery is not an exclusive term. Yes, people in the armed forces, firefighters, policeman, and people who perform a service to our country are brave. Caitlyn Jenner coming out and being who she is after 65 years of not being able to do so, after being afraid of what other people would think and what the media would say is brave, too. It’s not a competition, and there are a lot of different ways you can be brave.
Second of all, Caitlyn Jenner represented a hyper masculine, all-American, guys guy for a very long time. It was/is shocking to most Americans to see her as something that is the opposite of that. However, that does not make it right to judge, criticize or slander her transition and her identity as a female.
Third of all, think about why it took so long for Caitlyn to show us who she really is. Heteronormativity has been forced on her her whole life. Actually, heteronormativity is forced on everyone from birth, and because of this any time anyone deviates from a normalized/accepted gender role they are made to feel ashamed of who they are. These posts are examples of that. You say that Caitlyn Jenner is being shoved down our throats? She’s really not, and that’s really not the problem. The problem is that we are trained not to accept it and see it as normal. The more representation of transgender people there are, the more normal and accepted it will become and there will be fewer people who are afraid to be themselves, which is why this is so important.
Fourth of all, Caitlyn Jenner coming out has been getting a lot of press, because of the fame Jenner generated from the 1976 Olympics and because of the Kardashian family. There are also (obviously) a lot of important topics out there that the news doesn’t cover, but that’s the fault of the media nowadays. They are biased and don’t always do the right thing. However, that doesn’t make LGBT issues any less important, and because Caitlyn Jenner is so famous and because the media covers her and her family’s life anyway, it brings to light a lot of these issues, whether or not that was her intention. I think that her coming out wasn’t an act of selfishness, but an act of self acceptance.
If I’m at all politically incorrect in my explanation/response, please let me know! I don’t want to be offensive in any way with the terms I used.