Seeking America through Simon and Garfunkel’s Road Trip Song: America

In a time where a person’s whereabouts can be easily tracked by a cell phone, credit card, or other electronic device, the song “America” by Simon and Garfunkel would be very different if written today.  Like most of their work, “America” is another beautifully-written and … Continue reading Seeking America through Simon and Garfunkel’s Road Trip Song: America

Continuing the Discussion of the Media and if Caitlyn Jenner’s Stance is Trivializing the Choice of Changing Genders

I recently apologized to a friend who thought my post about Bruce Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe award was too harsh.  She felt my words were even hostile toward Jenner and his life choice.  So here are more thoughts on the issue:

Somethings just not right about the Bruce Jenner/Kaitlyn Jenner story and particularly the media coverage its getting.  A person’s choice to alter their gender identity is obviously a serious issue, but the Jenner story is making it seem way too trivial.  Deciding to appear as a different sex is any persons right, and I would never belittle a person for it. What l don’t like is the popularity of that horrible kardashian family, their tv show and Jenner’s embracing of the limelight.
I know there must be many people who are more comfortable with the identity of the opposite sex. The problem is when huge challenges and life decisions get depicted as casual choices made out of boredom and by people with endless resources the average person can’t afford.  Unfortunately anything associated with the kardashians comes across that way.  Jenner seems like a good person, but lm uncomfortable with a serious issue being made light of as he and his idiot family grow richer and more famous.
We should be tolerant of anyone who struggles with their identity of course. But I do not doubt that many people do outlandish things for attention, especially in our age of social media and the selfie. And if we continue to dilute serious issues by making them seem like no big deal, we are really headed for the end of civilization.  We already have generations of young people being desensitized to sex and violence because of horrible video games and other media. 
It’s positive to encourage tolerance of all kinds of people as long as no one is being hurt by their choices.  But the issue of gender identity should be handled with more integrity and seriousness than associating it with a “reality” television show about fame-hungry, talentless celebrities.

Is the Disapperance of Bruce Jenner Being Handled Well by Caitlyn and the Media

Bruce Jenner, as a young man, embraced his natural gender, trained to build muscle and strength, became a professional athlete and Olympian and excelled to his full potential.  He was awarded a gold medal for his achievements and cemented himself as a pop culture icon; a famous face of athletic achievement on Wheaties’ cereal boxes and a willing representative of masculinity.

As a father to some and step dad to others, he gained a great deal more fame surrounded by the brain dead kardashians, a group of spoiled rich people, who sadly captivated the public with their fake plastic faces, body parts and personalities. Sadly, the show is the perfect depiction of modern values: our greatly self-absorbed and materialistic society.  We the audience created this new monster, some watching in awe of their carefree lives of fame and wealth,  others like we are drawn to a train wreck: with morbid curiosity.

Jenner has now chosen to use his high-profile status as a platform to “out” himself as transgender. This does take great courage (but so does walking into a party wearing no clothes).  And if his stance helps others struggling with gender identity then so be it.  But there’s something unsettling about ESPN’s choice to give another award to Jenner, the now former male athlete who has publicly denounced his gender. The Arthur Ashe award should go to someone like the late Lauren Hill, a young basketball player who chose to raise awareness and money toward curing cancer while simultaneously battling the disease herself.

Bruce Jenner earned his awards, and along with them great fame and fortune followed; but he no longer exists. In his place is Caitlyn Jenner, a person who in time may become a champion for gender equality, but cannot divert back to Bruce and rely on his accomplishments; to earn true equality, she must do this on her own.