Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Welcome Caitlyn

From the New York Times:

Caitlyn Jenner 06-01-15

In April, Bruce Jenner spoke about her transition to woman in a television special that drew nearly 17 million viewers.

On Monday, that woman revealed her new identity, appearing as Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. The photograph of Ms. Jenner in a revealing outfit, shot by Annie Leibovitz and accompanied by the headline “Call Me Caitlyn,” immediately became a sensation on social media when the magazine posted the article online.

Ms. Jenner, 65, who won an Olympic gold medal in the decathlon, has had a long public life. As Bruce Jenner, she had been on the cover of Playgirl, an author, an actor and most recently a part of the Kardashian family’s reality television empire. Earlier this year, reports emerged that Bruce Jenner was in the process of becoming a woman.

The Vanity Fair article represents the latest in a carefully calibrated series of public steps by Ms. Jenner and her team, as she moves toward the debut of a new reality show on the E! network that will begin airing at the end of July, and a new public life as a woman. A Twitter account, in the name of Caitlyn Jenner, was started at the same time that the Vanity Fair article was published online. Within hours, the account had more than 1.1 million followers.

I salute her on many levels: for coming to terms with her identity and doing it in public.  She didn’t have to, and I am sure there are a lot of people who feel morally superior to everyone else who are sniffing and sighing about how Ms. Jenner just had to wave it under everyone’s nose — or to use their favorite Freudian-laden metaphor — ram it down their throats.  It’s truly sad that they can’t understand and celebrate the complexity of life.

Or perhaps they’re afraid of their own questions and feelings.  That’s not to say that every prude is repressing a part of their nature, but you have to wonder in a world where understanding who we are is a never-ending process of discovery, they would be so adamantly opposed to and threatened by the life of an absolute stranger.

By the way, and I mean this in the best way, my first reaction to the photo was how much she reminds me of Julie Newmar.

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  1. I guess I’m put off by the public flaunting of something one would think of as intimate: sexuality. But then, I’m the age I am and although I’ve long understood sexuality as neither one thing or another, but a continuum, it’s the cover shot that grates. And 65? Really? She did a lot more than grow her hair and pump up some boobs. I’d like the name of her doctor.

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