With the ever present nature and vast notoriety of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, and their sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, who ever thought that the first woman in the family to actually make a positive contribution to the world would be … their father?
That’s right. Their father spent years debating an important life decision, underwent surgery to change his gender, and then revealed himself publicly before his daughters ever did anything of actual value.
In fact, the last Kardashian/Jenner accomplishment to happen before this? Bruce Jenner winning the gold medal for the decathlon in the 1976 Olympics.
He’s had greater accomplishments as a man and as a woman than his entire family combined.
On Monday, the former Olympian introduced himself to the world as his new female self — Caitlyn Jenner. She’s already being lauded as the biggest celebrity to become a transgender, and for the public route in which she has documented the transformation. First, it was in television interview last April, and now on the cover of Vanity Fair.
The fact that he’s a former Olympic athlete is what makes this story what it is. It’s one thing to have a human interest story, another to have a sports story, but a separate animal altogether to have both..
Our society eats up any story of athletes or former athletes overcoming adversity. And in this case, it’s one of historic proportions.
The world has mostly come around on gay rights. Those who don’t believe homosexuals deserve the same privileges as straight people are in the minority.
The next step is transgenders. And the way people are praising Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out party, it looks like becoming something that will also gain universal support.
2015 will forever be known as the year of the transgender.
It’s easy to understand why people are so supportive. If someone feels so strongly about their own gender identity that they risk everything to surgically alter themselves, then clearly they knew it was the right thing to do for them in their life. How can you argue with that?
Sure, it’s different. It’s weird. It’s something a lot of people will have to come to grips with.
But it’s here. It’s a part of the world now. And people who change their gender are no different than any one else.
For others — particularly those who enjoy independent rock music — Bruce Jenner is not the first to make the switch. The lead singer of the band Against Me!, Thomas Gabel — now known as Laura Jane Grace — did it in 2012. The band continued on, even titling its subsequent album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues.”
Let’s also not forget Lana Wachowski, the co-writer of the Matrix franchise and the former Larry Wachowski, who also became a woman in 2012. But we all can forget about the Matrix 2 and 3. Because those were offensive.
But neither of those two have the stature of Bruce Jenner, due to his family’s public life and and his Olympic past. And it will do a whole world of good for transgenders everywhere.
That being said, if I played the hypothetical “fuck, marry kill” game including her and any other females in his family, I’d choose to kill Caitlyn in a heartbeat.