Caitlyn Jenner: I had panic attacks

10 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner Enters the “Not That Kind of Trans Woman” Phase of Her PR Campaign.

Her vehicle collided with a Lexus whilst driving in Malibu and tragically, 69-year-old Kim Howe, the driver of the Lexus, was killed when she was hit by another vehicle head-on.

Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce before she underwent gender reassignment surgery, revealed her fears whilst speaking on the Today show in the US, admitting she could barely remember the details of the crash. While many queer viewers raised an eyebrow at her affiliation with the Republican Party—a commitment she readily shared with Diane Sawyer back in April—and a chorus of trans advocates rightly cautioned that Jenner’s privileged position as a wealthy celebrity made her a poor representative of the larger trans experience, most of the community welcomed having such a high-profile and potentially influential figure join the fold.

But she also revealed she is ‘looking into’ transgender women having to go to a male prison. ‘It’s an enormous problem that they would put trans-women in men’s county jail. That welcome is wearing thin this week in the wake of comments that demonstrate just how sharply Jenner’s politics differ from those of the LGBTQ mainstream. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that aired on Tuesday, Jenner revealed a general discomfort with same-sex marriage, admitting that because she is “a traditionalist,” she had only recently come to accept marriage equality and then only under the rather tepid logic that “I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness.” She then expressed resignation over use of the term marriage: “If that word—marriage—is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.” DeGeneres (no doubt voicing the thoughts of most queer viewers) expressed confusion at how Jenner, who for the last few months has been engaged in an intense campaign for public acceptance of her trans identity, could be so hesitant regarding the romantic dignity of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals. The confusion continued on Wednesday in a golf game/interview with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer, in which Jenner argued that, contrary to the protestations of practically everyone, a Halloween costume meant to resemble her Vanity Fair cover photo was not offensive. “I’m in on the joke.

I don’t think it’s offensive at all,” Jenner said when Lauer asked about the costume. “I know the [trans] community does, and [the company has] gotten a lot of criticism for doing it. In my head when I shut my eyes, it was just, like, ‘My God, what did you just do?’ Because that surgery kind of passed the point of no return.” “I just want my family to be okay,” she told Lauer. “All of that stuff takes time. I almost got stopped but I couldn’t get it stopped – I was carrying a trailer.’ Instead, TMZ reported the crash is likely to be deemed a terrible accident rather than a criminal act because Caitlyn braked seconds before the collision, suggesting she was trying to avoid crashing into the Lexus. When questioned about criticisms of her privilege relative to most trans folks, Jenner took on a defensive tone: “I’ve worked very hard in my life, I have no excuses about my life and what I’ve done with my life. Detective Richard Curry of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had said that Jenner was driving at ‘an unsafe speed for the road conditions’ on the day of the incident.

And everybody handles it differently.” One thing she still doesn’t seem comfortable talking about is dating: “Here we go again,” she laughed nervously as Lauer broached the subject of to whom she feels attraction. “I come from a different place,” she explaimed. “All the (Kardashian/Jenner) girls are young. OK?” To be fair, Jenner does add that she’s “devastated to see people dying over this issue.” But then calling it an “issue” for other “people” seems weirdly impersonal for a person who’s just transitioned herself.

Even more striking was Jenner’s reaction to Lauer when the journalist expressed nervousness about saying something offensive during the interview. “To be honest with you I’m the easiest on people,” Jenner assured Lauer. “Now, ‘the community’—you know, GLAAD, all the people in the community—are like ‘Oh my god, you have to get the pronouns right; you have to do this, you have to do that.’ I’m much more tolerant than that. I mean, I understand that it’s difficult for people to understand this.” While it’s true that a certain strain of queer activism can occasionally become overzealous on issues of language and what counts as offensive, Jenner’s point here is not a focused critique of that sort of thing.

Apparently, Jenner does not identify with the poltics of “the community,” and she wants to ensure that outsiders like Lauer know that she’s one of the good ones who won’t correct your pronoun mistake or call out your tacky Halloween costume. I mostly hung out with women, but I think it’s just more complicated for guys to deal with this subject.” In a more light-hearted moment, she explained how gaining breasts has affected her golf game: “I’m a better putter,” she announced, explaining that they help her maintain the proper angle. How you feel about this shift in tone will obviously depend on your own politics, and it’s always good to remind ourselves that queer folks are a diverse group ideologically, even if certain of those ideological positions seem completely contrary to queer self-interest. I have a feeling, though, that many queer people will respond as gay writer and performer Justin Sayre did upon hearing the news of Jenner’s marriage equality musings.

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