When he came out as trangender, everyone expected Bruce Jenner to look like a hag after his transition. Instead, she decided to come out as a woman with a Vanity Fair cover with the line “Call Me Caitlyn” and looks like a supermodel inspite of being in her sixties. Like the Goddess Aphrodite, who was born as a fully grown adult woman out of the foam of the seas, she is serving high-end fish on a silver platter!
Some of the memes found online joked that she looked better than her ex-wife, as if the transition of a person with gender dysphoria was meant to compete with others. One sure way to sabotage one’s own happiness, is to measure it by the standards of others. No, Bruce became Caitlyn because he was transgender, and that’s what transgender people do whenever possible.
I don’t fully understand transgender issues, but is it really that difficult to understand at least the basics? That gender is part of a person’s psychological configuration and that some people feel like they were born in the wrong body? Must this continue to be scandalous?
I suspect some of the apprehensions, particularly those coming from the religious and the heteronormative sectors of society, are derived from the presumptions of male privilege: why would an alpha male of a prominent clan wish to become a female? To rebel against manhood is to rebel against its privileges. But what more could Caitlyn want? She’s famous, has a loving (even if somewhat dysfunctional) family, and enough money and freedom to become whoever she wants. Privilege is constructed on other fronts, and male gender for Bruce was more of a prison than a privilege.
ABC has a new series, along these lines, intended just for that: to offer a reality show that focuses on a father’s transition to womanhood and a young son’s transition to manhood, and showing the love, acceptance, growth, and humanity that is found in these transitions. The series will be titled Becoming Us and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it.
Transgender normalcy is an idea whose time has come. People deserve to be human first.