I think Caitlyn Jenner has done a disservice to all the “plain” women in the world.
There! I said it, we’ve all been thinking it for a while, someone had to be the one to break the tension!
I was watching a documentary last night and paused the video to inspect an apparently female journalist because she looked like she might have been a man. As it turns out, maybe it was just a little too much botox, and a bone structure that looked more like John Lithgows’ in his performance as Roberta Muldoon in “The World According to Garp”.
Lithgow did a great job with the character but there was no way you could overlook that Roberta had at one time been a dude!
That’s unfortunately the way it is with Jenner.
The consequence of Jenner’s highly publicized transition, is that every woman who’s tall, or has an overly strong jawline or higher than expected forehead, or has a touch too much botox is looked at far more critically. Before Caitlyn, we knew that there were transgendered people but we weren’t sure if we’d met one, moreover, it generally didn’t matter if we had.
After Caitlyn we’re sure that any woman that doesn’t meet an idealized version of womanhood is a transgendered person.
I felt bad that I’d paused the video and clinically examined the journalist, but with the constant Kardashian fueled drumbeat of Caitlyn’s latest antics I’m far more likely to be curious, even judgemental (I know…Me?).
It’s a case of unintended consequences, and perhaps a lesson in why it’s best to keep some aspects of your private life private.