In light of Caitlyn Jenner recently revealing herself to the world, extensive feedback has been launched toward Jenner’s way. Most of the responses, ranging from A-List celebrities to the average Joes and plain Janes of the everyday world, have been positive; a reflection of the advanced social norms in which being yourself has become much less of an arduous, intimidating venture. The most common word to describe Caitlyn Jenner has been “hero” (which is politically incorrect in the first place, as hero refers to a man, not a woman); a word whose definition chimes differently from person to person. Some see heroes as the ones who wear camouflage for any branch of the military and fight for their country, which is an undeniable fact. Others view heroes as doctors who save lives in times of medical crisis, which is yet again, an undisputed truth.
However, some view Caitlyn Jenner’s exposé in Vanity Fair as a vile monstrosity that makes her a leader of the transgender community, a process that some see as blasphemous and inhumane. In an attempt to undermine Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation, a rumor circulated around the web that Noah Galloway, a former double amputee United States Army Sergeant who earned the Purple Heart award and recent third place contestant on Dancing with the Stars, was runner-up to ESPN’s ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award, a rumor that is completely false. An assortment of derogatory memes have emerged online as well, such as:
Keep in mind, comedian Jeff Foxworthy has never said this half-baked take on his “you might be a redneck” jokes.
Some even refuse to call Caitlyn by her true name, such as the incredibly broke former star of Nickelodeon’s series Drake & Josh in a since deleted tweet.
Predictably enough, these insults have originated from the confines of the sheltered pillbox known as the Internet.
However, before I go any further, I would like to interject a few aspects of myself before dive into my opinion on Caitlyn Jenner’s lifestyle choice. Even though I consider myself a writer and aspiring journalist, I’m a chronic fence-sitter on many subjects. I am not a Christian or Atheist, but instead deem my religious ideals to be similar to those of an Agnostic. I am neither a Democrat nor Republican, and wish that “conservative liberal” or “liberal conservative” were boxes that I could check when registering as a voter in the upcoming 2016 presidential election.
Although, when I see humanity and acts of heroism belittled by misplaced opinions that do not apply to a certain topic, I get frustrated. When the advancement of the universal acceptance of others gets set back by a law, I get angry. I get defensive.
As a full-fledged, heterosexual supporter of the LGBT community, Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation is a groundbreaking achievement that must be respected regardless of your opinion. The amount of nerve that is required to open one’s self up in such a way is something that takes an incredible amount of bravery and such a blasé stance on other’s opinions. Her bravery does not compare to those in any branch of the military, or any other heroic actions. The bravery is in a league of its own.
Caitlyn Jenner’s decision is one that will echo for generations to come and should serve as a guide for others who are facing doubts about to reveal their true selves to their family or friends, even if the secret doesn’t have anything to do with sexuality. Caitlyn Jenner’s decision could even be inspirational to veterans, as a numbered amount of returning soldiers are plagued by PTSD and struggle to open up about their haunting past.
After all, when has not tolerating others even been beneficial to society?