Caitlyn Jenner is not the same anymore from early this year. Jenner has had the distinction of being a member of one of the most well-known families of the world. With little vision or voice of her own earlier, she has now become a transgender icon.
There really are reasons to celebrate after such a radical transformation has taken place in her, life, body, and situation. However, there has been growing scrutiny on her politics and beliefs lately. This is nothing new as any public figure fighting for certain human rights have to go through such behaviors.
From various quarters, Jenner had been receiving impulsive and often unconditional support. However, it is necessary that feminist and transgender rights activities now have tough and straight discussions about what Jenner’s role is in both these movements.
Jenner has been using her celebrity status for making emotional appeals to the public for accepting transgenders but she has also been exploring the real meaning of being a transgender at the same time.
Her exploration is not only about the journey of her self-discovery but also for about 700,000 Americans who belong to the transgender category. The lives of these people are as different from hers as “chalk and cheese”.
Caitlyn Jenner wants to be an advocate for the transgender issues but has also confessed that she has to learn a lot. In fact, she is quite sensitive to criticisms from some quarters that she is fortunate to enjoy tremendous power, wealth, and respect that are rare phenomena with most transgender people.
Jenner is still exploring her female and transgender identities in her public life and she might disillusion some of her supporters. This is particularly true for all those people who have a strong desire to see her worldview or political affiliations, that reflect the experiences of all those people who have been identified as a woman or a transgender since a long time.
Caitlyn Jenner is bound to face her critics but she has to behave like a champion. She has to master the art of how to turn those tricky questions into a respectful and sober discussion about what her work will be as a role model for many.
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