I have been thinking about Caitlyn Jenner a lot lately and figured that maybe I should state my feelings about her. To start off with, I have thought from the beginning that she was not really trans, only trying to use it to further her career. I still think that. Why do I think that? That is a really good question, one that I have no answer for. It’s just my intuition. I have hoped that I would see something that would show that I’m wrong, I really did. But the things she says is either coming from a place of such privilege that she doesn’t understand what trans people go through or she doesn’t really understand what being trans is really like. I think it is more likely to the be latter and she is playing at being trans.
You may have noticed that while I say I don’t believe she is trans, I still use the proper pronouns and name. Just because I don’t believe she is trans doesn’t mean she isn’t and it doesn’t cost me a thing to be respectful. I will treat her as a transwoman because she says she is one and I believe in respecting people, no matter who they are. Just because I don’t agree with her, doesn’t mean I get to disrespect her.
Even with all the stupid that has come out of her mouth, she still deserves respect. I will not respect the words that she says when she says things like it’s our fault if people are uncomfortable with how we look. I have met transwomen who have no respect for Caitlyn and that’s just not right. There is no call to not treat her as less than a person.
So, I think I’ve beat that topic to death and back. I just can’t stand to see the disrespect that she has received. Now, let’s talk about her as a spokesperson. The only reason she is a spokesperson at all is because she was already famous. Most others have become spokespersons through their activism. The other spokespeople are active members of the trans community, Caitlyn doesn’t seem to be. I find that to be a bit problematic. How can you learn what other trans people go through if you aren’t talking with them? She has said things that I don’t think she would if she had spent time with other trans people.
I have not seen her show, and I really don’t follow her, however; it is hard to not see her words somewhere. Which is a problem for us. Someone who is not an active part of the community for which she speaks and doesn’t take time to learn about the community can’t really represent it, now can they? I think those two things are the biggest problems I have with Caitlyn’s assuming the role of spokesperson. Now, I consider myself to be a spokesperson for the trans community. I am trans and I know many people who are trans, I participate in the community and have taken time to learn about some of our history and our problems and concerns. And I know to watch what I say, even though I’m not a big celebrity, why can’t we hold a celebrity to the same standard?