In a way, we have. Thanks to Caitlyn Jenner, all things transgender is on the tip of everyone’s tongue in mainstream society. And she has already done us a HUGE FAVOR, and if she stumbles, as some of us fear, we’re still be miles ahead in the PR game. The widespread public attention she’s brought to the trans community is something we couldn’t possibly buy.
Lest you think I’m gushing about Caitlyn, think again. I don’t care for the reality and tabloid based entertainment Caitlyn chooses to participate in, nor do I think it is worthy of praise. But the fact of the matter is that a large segment of the population enjoys this kind of entertainment. If Caitlyn can turn some of them into acceptance of the trans community, we all win.
Another factor to consider — tabloids. Tabloids have long mocked and exploited trans people, no doubt to fill a desire demanded by their readers. Indeed, Caitlyn has long been a target of tabloids (sometimes perhaps willingly), but now, following the publication of Caitlyn’s photo shoot in Vanity Fair, mocking won’t come so easy anymore as Caitlyn’s reach into this crowd will turn some of the thinking around — exploitation into education. Sure, some will still blatantly hate, others however, will find it difficult to mock the person in Annie Leibovitz’s photos.
For those of you who argue that there are other more important things than Caitlyn Jenner, I say maybe, but not when the gift horse is standing right here dispensing goodies a few short years we couldn’t dream of getting.
My earlier article on Jenner: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/01/18/bruce-jenner-trans-dont-know-dont-care-but-tabloids-exploitation-should-cease/
Vanity Fair (subscription required): http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/06/caitlyn-jenner-bruce-cover-annie-leibovitz
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