Saturday Selects is a series of posts that I write on the first Saturday (usually) of each month to discuss something that is unrelated to the general bookish theme of the blog. Today we’re talking Caitlyn Jenner.
I have a real issue with what I’ve seen lately. No, I don’t mind that the story has gotten loads of media attention. No, I am not going to sit here and talk about why we should be calling her Bruce. And no, I’m not going to write this to be critical of her. My issue is with people. Ignorant people.
In the months leading up to the interview with Diane Sawyer there had been rumors circulating that Bruce Jenner was in fact a woman. I chose not to believe in the rumors not because I had an issue with it, but because the tabloids tend to publish stories that are blatantly false all the time. So I waited. And then the interview happened and it was confirmed that Bruce Jenner’s gender identity was female.
Immediately people praised him for having the courage to come out publicly, but another group of people emerged. Those who claim to know more and be more righteous than everyone else. I’m talking about the people who don’t understand how this could happen. I’m talking about the people who cannot speak about this because they are completely clueless. I’m talking (mostly) about the people who say things like, “I don’t know anything about gender identity, but I know God doesn’t make mistakes.” Okay. God. Now there’s something with evidence.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know how many things in the world happen. But if someone tells me (whether they’re a celebrity or not) that they identify with one gender and have the physical characteristics of the other, then who am I (or you) to say otherwise? Because we obviously have the ability to be inside someone else’s head, right? It’s ridiculous. Imagine if you said something that only you could really know to be true and everyone around you said you’re a liar.
There are things to be critical of and there are things to simply accept. You don’t have to agree with anything Caitlyn has said or done to accept it and move on. Because after all, her life has no relevance to yours. Or did you forget?
On this day in 2014 I published I’m an Inspirational Blogger? If you say so.