Not so long ago, Caitlyn Jenner was a media darling and seen as a positive the LGBT community. When she first came out to the public as her true self, I think many hoped that it begin changing the tide and the perception of transgender people.
However, that hopeful vision for the future quickly soured when it became clear that even though Caitlyn is transgender, she is not the right person to be a spokesperson for transgender people. She has been criticised many times for still holding to her Republican political ideals, as well as her comments on gay marriage.
Now Caitlyn is under the microscope again for some comments she made during a recent interview with TIME magazine.
The comments that have been drawing ire from the LGBT community, came from when Caitlyn discussed the importance of image: “One thing that has always been important for me, and it may seem very self-absorbed or whatever, is first of all your presentation of who you are. I think it’s much easier for a trans woman or a trans man who authentically kind of looks and plays the role.”
“So what I call my presentation. I try to take that seriously. I think it puts people at ease. If you’re out there and, to be honest with you, if you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable. So the first thing I can do is try to present myself well. I want to dress well. I want to look good. When I go out, as Kim [Kardashian] says, you’ve got to rock it because the paparazzi will be there.”
Caitlyn’s comments are being called out as not only do not all transgender women want to “pass” or adhere to cisnormativity, but even those that do may not necessarily have the money. Many are arguing that it’s easy for Caitlyn to make such comments, as she is obviously very wealthy and can afford surgery, the medication and expensive clothing. Many transgender women (and men) live in poverty, and even those who earn more will probably still not be able to afford surgery.
— @$Ht3N (@LyteRaynbowz) December 12, 2015
I don't think it's wrong of Caitlyn Jenner to point out that a lot of mainstream society is uncomfortable around gender variance. HOWEVER,
— Saturnalia Sez (@wordgeeksarah) December 12, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner is actual trash lmao it's great that she became who she is but she still stands against everything that she's supposed to
— spideypool farida (@pinkfunkys) December 12, 2015