Caitlyn Jenner: Making and taking steps toward tolerance

If you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you might have heard that Caitlyn Jenner was recently announced “Woman of the Year” by Glamour Magazine.

Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist and famous celebrity, came out as transgender this past April and took the name “Caitlyn.” Vanity Fair’s cover photo, “Call Me Caitlyn,” was the buzz of the summer and in her interview, Caitlyn revealed the personal struggles of accepting gender identity.

Being named “Woman of the Year” is a great honor, but lots of people are offended by Glamour Magazine’s decision, especially since last year’s winner was the prestigious and talented actress, Lupita Nyong’o.

But what is the cause of all this uproar and dispute? Caitlyn Jenner is a woman and uses female pronouns, but many claim otherwise.

A person’s sex is defined by their sexual organs, and Caitlyn has not yet gone through gender correction surgery; therefore, she is still biologically male. She did however get breast implantation surgery, and she also takes hormone supplements.

There are many misconceptions surrounding the reality of transgenderism. People argue that a crossdresser should not be a representative for “Woman of the Year.” A crossdresser, otherwise known as a transvestite, is not the same as being transgender.

The LBGTQ+ community defines transvestites as people who still identify with their assigned gender at birth, but dress up as the opposite gender as a form of expression. A transgender person does not identify with the same gender they assigned, and they may dress as the “opposite” sex in effort to transition into their desired gender.

Women also feel that misogyny has resulted from Glamour magazine’s decision. Nicole Russel, writer for The Federalist, stated, “By choosing Jenner as woman of the year, Glamour endorses the idea that men are better at being women than we are. Glamour is sending a clear message about a new kind of feminist-driven patriarch, who pushes women out of our spaces and expects submissiveness of their feminist enablers.”

It is more than possible that Glamour Magazine could just be using Caitlyn Jenner as a cruel, and desperate ploy for attention. Publicity is business, and that is the reality of the media.

It does seem discouraging and lurid for Glamour Magazine to pick someone as controversial as Caitlyn Jenner for “Woman of the Year,” but I believe they chose her with all of the right intentions.

Caitlyn Jenner struggled with transition for decades, and finally took the opportunity to better her life and well-being. In her Vanity Fair interview, she described what it felt like to be trapped in the lie she forced herself to live every single day.

“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life.’ ”

She may not exactly be the woman we are all looking for, but Caitlyn Jenner has helped society take one step closer to tolerance, and her remarkable feat of courage will set an example for future generations to come.