“Caitlyn Jenner is NOT a hero.”
“Caitlyn Jenner is an insult to women.”
“Caitlyn Jenner is mentally ill.”
There are many negative articles and memes about this person right now. Individuals and organizations who are using the “event” trying to shine “positive” attention to their point of view by making her transition a negative one. But why the need to compare? If your point of view is good, then others will migrate to it naturally.
There is no need to shame or guilt or demonize somebody or a way of life to make your own look better or more appealing. There is plenty enough space in the universe for love and acceptance of everybody. There is plenty enough also to disagree with another person’s way of being and still be open and compassionate.
So long as nobody is forcing their will upon or hurting another, we all have absolute right and personal freedom to be whoever and do whatever we want. Even the people we disagree with. Actually, ESPECIALLY the people we disagree with. Because once their freedom is gone, yours will follow.
I had originally referred to “pre-transition” Caitlyn as Bruce. My son explained to me that she is to be referred to as Caitlyn. Her physical transition from “Bruce” into Caitlyn is what was on the outside. Inside, she has always been Caitlyn, and her transition was not from Bruce to Caitlyn. It was from Caitlyn to Caitlyn.
This was a sobering moment for me as I thought of what I have gone through myself as a “tomboy.” I imagine my own experiences with gender issues in our society is but a drop in the bucket compared to those who are even further away from the standard gender binary. Let’s remember to treat each other with compassion, regardless of what our own gender identity may be. Dare I ask that we even go a step further and do a little research? Looking up “gender binary” in Wikipedia or Google was a good start for me.