Today I watched the first episode of I Am Cait. She spent a few days with some very interesting transgendered ladies from as far away as New York State.
They chatted, and got to know each other in Caitlyn’s lovely Malibu Beach home.
Caitlyn was the newest to transition and expressed most concern about the pitch of her voice and her unreadiness to be seen in a swimsuit. Join the club, Caitlyn! The other ladies were many years into it and were very comfortable with who they were.
The Hostess with the Mostess
Caitlyn hosted the ladies in Los Angeles then they traveled together in a hired tour bus to San Francisco to visit with the Human Rights Commission and listen to the stories of a couple of transgendered women survivors of sexual abuse, assault and discrimination.
These women were typical of economically challenged trans-women. Many are homeless-chronically unemployed, emotionally challenged and are forced to earn a meager living in the sex trade. This community’s needs are great and it is looking to Caitlyn to provide the long awaited celebrity voice, no matter how gruff, to educate and inspire sympathy from the public.
The Blinders of Privilege
One of the guests was Jenny Boylan, national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide. Ms Boylan expressed some concern about Caitlyn’s privileged life dimming her ability to see clearly and appreciate the tribulations of a lower placed transitioning woman.
I admit that Caitlyn did come across a tad spoiled and I might be mistaken but I even think I spotted….dare I say it, a hint of chauvinism. It’s bound to happen. It’s a straight male entitlement that unfortunately isn’t affected by hormone therapy but it’s something that Caitlyn’s going to have to work on along with the pitch of her voice.
Becoming a woman is not an easy transition. Being a woman isn’t easy either. It’s not all lipstick and pantyhose. It comes with many trials. We often cannot protect ourselves and are frequently the target of assaults both physical/sexual and emotional.
Sometimes it feels like there is a war being waged against women in general and that’s why trans-women are attacked with such a vengeance.
To be clear, I hold great promise for Caitlyn, that she will accomplish what she has set out to do. There is no doubt that she will make the difference in many lives through her advocacy, love and strong but softening voice.
She has my total support.
Wishing you all and Caitlyn a kindness based life.
If you have something to say about this or any transgender issue please leave your comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org