Tuesday, June 09, 2015

From Bruce to Caitlyn

Caitlyn Jenner’s public transition earlier this month was, by most accounts, a success. Her newly-minted Twitter account, @Caitlyn Jenner, quickly surpassed 1 million followers in under five hours, and the ESPY Awards announced Jenner will receive the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her bravery for publicly coming out as a transgender woman.
But while Jenner’s reveal received mostly positive reaction from non-transgender people, some in the transgender community have had a much different and nuanced response.
Caitlyn Jenner is just Kardashian 2.0,” Zoey Tur, “Inside Edition” trans correspondent and host of KFI radio talk show, “He Said, She Said” told TheWrap. “I’ve received well over 100 messages from trans women who said they didn’t want to transition anymore because they feel that they can never live up to the Caitlyn Jenner ideal.”

depicted Jenner draped in designer clothes against a multimillion-dollar Malibu backdrop had some transgender activists wondering whether Jenner is the right role model for their community.
“Trans women are feeling that the sexualized photos are actually a fetishized version of what men believe women should look like,” Tur said. “It’s an unattainable stereotype that will have a reverse effect on trans people.”
Jenner’s wealth has been the center of much debate among many in the transgender community who feel that her highly-stylized transition puts even more pressure on trans people who don’t have the limitless resources of the Kardashian family.

This is a sentiment that is also echoed by healthcare professionals.
“She doesn’t necessarily represent the experiences of the majority of trans people,” said Laura Erickson-Schroth, an LGBT health and public psychiatry fellow with Columbia University. “I think many are middle or lower class; they’re people of color; they don’t have access to necessarily good mental health care, hormones, surgeries — the kind of things that Caitlyn might have access to, being someone who’s wealthy.”

But not everyone agrees. Some experts believe Jenner’s glitzy coming is already having a positive effect on trans people.
“I think this is a great thing for the community,” licensed therapist and president of Gender Wellness of Los Angeles, Casey Weitzman told TheWrap. “What I think the Jenner story will do is get people to have a conversation about it, whether they like the story or not.  Caitlyn is going to help move the cause forward.”
Weitzman said the criticism is misplaced. “If they had put up a picture of her that wasn’t glamorous there would have been an outcry anyhow. It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”


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    Great post
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