By now we’ve all been introduced to Caitlyn Jenner. We’ve all shared our opinions, sent the photos to our friends, and read through countless Facebook statuses and tweets, everyone suddenly an expert on what it’s like to live inside a body you don’t identify with for 65 years. Never knew you all went through that. Anyway, to no surprise the ignorant comments have been endless, and probably will be until the narrow-minded have a new target. However, as upsetting as these comments can be, the ones that really got me thinking were the ones that treated Caitlyn like any other woman on the street – a object of sexuality.
It blows my mind that here we have this woman who has gone through an unimaginable transformation after living trapped in her own body, and the most that people can comment on is her physical appearance. I’ve heard many people express how hot she is (agreed), many express that she still looks like a man, many express that her boobs must only look like that because of the corset, and many people express that
there’s no way she looks like that in real life – it must be Photoshopped.
So just like that, in a matter of minutes, Caitlyn Jenner went from a man, an athlete, a father, and a mentor to nothing more than a photograph. In a matter of minutes, Caitlyn became subjected to criticism and assumptions that she never had to face as Bruce. Where we once talked about Jenner’s accomplishments, we now talk about her physical appearance. My God, does anyone else see the problem here?!
It’s truly unfortunate that while Caitlyn has escaped one world of hardship, she has just gotten her first taste of the world of a female, constantly under pressure to look her best or be judged by whomever wishes to judge her. While Jenner is no stranger to the limelight, she will now have to look and act as a perfect female at all times, or else she will face the fire. Without a doubt, the days of being remembered for gold medals are long gone. I’ve heard so many people say things like “she was an Olympic athlete” and “she was so athletic.” I even heard one of my favorite radio hosts saying something to the tune of “rest in peace to the Olympic gold medalist”. To these people, I would like to point out that Caitlyn’s legs are the SAME EXACT legs that crossed those Olympic finish lines.
She IS an Olympic athlete. she is an Olympic gold medalist.
And she is so much more. Maybe people are just not used to these situations and don’t know how to react. Honestly, I don’t know why or how this deep seated societal issue prevails. What I do know is that Caitlyn has lived a long and successful 65 years, and is now paving the way for people trying to muster the courage to do the very same thing she has done. Don’t you dare take that away from her.