Hey y’all. I was supposed to do these weekly but between getting another job and generally being a hot mess, I never got around to it until now.
I have a new inductee for the sh!t list: Ms. Caitlyn Jenner.
I’m so sick of her and her white woman shenanigans. When she came out as transgender earlier this year, I was rooting for her. I used to watch Keeping up with the Kardashians a while ago and I’ve always liked her because she seemed to be the most down to earth member of the clan. She was the voice of reason in the midst of her daughters’ antics and then wife’s permissiveness toward said antics. Then, the rumors began to swirl, the Diane Sawyer interview happened and she lost every piece of her mind.
She admitted to being a republican and being a “traditionalist” when it came to gay marriage.
She told Ellen DeGeneres:
“I’m older than most people in the audience. I kind of like tradition, and it’s always been a man and a woman. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t quite get it.’”
I sighed deeply when I heard about this but I figured she was still learning and (barely) let it slide. It got worse. Then, I started watching her show on E! because I must be a glutton for punishment. It consisted of Jenner making various stops around the country with her gaggle of girlfriends in tow. There were quite a few instances where she talked about the trans community as if she wasn’t a part of it. Instead of us and we, it was always them and “the girls.” Her friends consistently called her out about it but it never seemed to sink in. By the end of the season, I was pretty much done with her for good. When the controversy of her being named Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine rolled around, I rolled my eyes and kept it moving.
Fast forward to this week when quotes from her ‘Person of the Year’ interview with TIME were released and she said:
“So what I call my presentation. I try to take that seriously. I think it puts people at ease. If you’re out there and, to be honest with you, if you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable. So the first thing I can do is try to present myself well. I want to dress well. I want to look good.”
I officially quit Caitlyn. I can’t with her. I refuse to with her. I will not attribute this flub to a learning curve because she has been hobnobbing with the likes of Janet Mock and Laverne Cox and both have made comments about how the ability to pass affects trans women.
Even if they didn’t tell her, google it. There are scores of trans women that don’t have the means or desire to pass. They get harassed, shamed and KILLED for not passing and here we have a woman, who is winning awards left and right for existing, perpetuating the ‘man in a dress’ trope. I have a new award for her that she actually earned: disappointment of the year.
Honorable mention: The assholes who make me have to defend her because they think her being a shitty person is an excuse to be trans misogynist. Fuck you.