When Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair to publicly share with the world her gender transition, people were queuing up to applaud Bruce’s bold decision to become Caitlyn. But when the applause dies down and the glare of the spotlight moves on, will Caitlyn regret the sex change and grow to hate the narcissistic nature of a culture which so publicly promoted, used, and profited from it?
Triumphant headlines across the world informed us that Caitlyn had posed for Vanity Fair in a corset, complete with hair extensions and a chest enhanced by hormone pills, because the 65-year-old grandfather wanted to “debut her new identity.”
At first glance, Jenner’s new identity as Caitlyn Jenner would seem pretty much standard for any celebrity in the modern age – photoshopped, manipulatively posed, and boosted by silicone; in other words, unreal.
Yet, as we all know, Bruce is now a woman called Caitlyn who used to be a man called Bruce. But despite the applause and tweets of congratulations from U.S. President Barack Obama, will Caitlyn’s biggest hurdle lie in the fact that some people now see her as neither a man nor a woman?
Matt Walsh writes in The Blaze that Caitlyn most closely resembles, “A mentally disordered man who is being manipulated by disingenuous liberals and self-obsessed gay activists.”
“The idea is to make the 65-year-old grandfather look like a college girl, but the effect is that he looks like a distorted version of neither.
“Far from having the appearance of a genuine woman, he reminds me of someone who is being abandoned to his delusions by a culture of narcissistic imbeciles. I feel a great deal of compassion when I gaze upon this tragic sight.”
Walsh points to the fact that, far from being derogatory of “Bruce,” he is one of the few who has a genuine love or concern for “him” and is worried for “his” welfare because, “Post-op transgenders very often regret their decision, and in many cases attempt suicide.”
In response to her Vanity Fair interview, many observers noted that Caitlyn is already speaking as if she has two separate identities and often refers to herself in the third person in a slightly schizophrenic sense.
Caitlyn reveals in the interview that she is happy and can finally be herself. But what is that? She no longer considers herself a man, saying that she has become Caitlyn Jenner, the woman. But here’s the issue: a man may feel like a woman, but can he ever really become a woman?
Walsh points out in The Blaze that, “There is more to being a woman than ‘feminized’ facial features and frilly underwear.”
“Bruce Jenner in drag is not beautiful. Women are beautiful because they are women. Womanhood is itself beautiful. Women bring something distinct and special to the world. They fill a void and play a role that no man can.
“I think we need to investigate the practice of calling a man a woman because he grinds down his forehead, wears eyeliner, and pins back his genitals. If you look closely, you might find reason to consider this an appropriation of womanhood, or worse, a degradation of it.”
Caitlyn has already admitted that admitted that, after her “facial feminization” surgery, she had a panic attack, looking in the mirror and asking, “what did I just do to myself?”
Will Jenner grow to loathe Caitlyn as some sort of Frankenstein’s monster, condemned to life in a gilded cage? One would hope not, but Caitlyn Jenner’s new Twitter account did receive over a million Twitter followers in four hours, and that was either out of genuine support or a willingness to be identified with the hottest show in town.
As The Blaze points out, “We’re talking about sex change like it’s an Apple product.” And therein lies the biggest problem of all.
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