As an outsider, I frown when people tell me how Caitlyn Jenner is a role model and hero for transexuals.
1.) Transsexuals typically live as whatever gender they feel that they are for at least a year before getting sex reassignment surgery. Caitlyn Jenner did not do this. She decided to be refereed to as Bruce even by the time he had come up with his new name.
2.) Caitlyn Jenner’s plastic surgery cost her an estimated 4 million dollars! While SRS can be very VERY expensive, I believe a lot of this cost came from Jenner’s opinions on how women should look. I.E. Women are beautiful, so make me as beautiful as possible. If Jenner is a role model now, what is this supposed to say to young people? “With tons of money, you too can be a pretty woman like me?” That could make people even more depressed about their situations in life. Also, since Jenner’s look comes from stereo-types of what a woman are, that also makes her not a great role model for young woman in general as well.
3.) Despite Caitlyn’s first public appearance at a gay pride rally in New York, she as Bruce said to Diane Sawyer that he was heterosexual, as in he had never been with a man. Diane Sawyer asked if he is a woman that likes women though, doesn’t that make him a lesbian. He claimed that she was confusing sex and gender, etc. He, remember that he was still going be that pronoun at the time, said that he should be considered asexual as of right now*
4.) I am Cait is a reality show about Jenner’s life as a woman, dealing with her family, etc., right? Why did she wait until after her transition was over? People seeing the hurdles that this Olympian had to go through during the process would have been inspirational and informative to many tg men and women.
5.) Caitlyn Jenner is only now warming up to the idea of gay marriage, but is that just because it could affect her personally? She told Ellen DeGeneres: “If that word ‘marriage’ is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”
In short, Caitlyn, you have confused us very much. Many transsexuals never get sex reassignment surgery and yet will claim to be both a woman and their new name. Also, as many, but not all, feminists welcome them with open arms, will claim to be lesbians. Since you also came out as a Republican, maybe that’s why you wont allow yourself to be a lesbian? *sigh*
Please, young and old transsexuals… do not look at Caitlyn as an example, or as a hero. Oh and Caitlyn? Who are your allies?