The Problem with Caitlyn Jenner’s Cover

Bruce Jenner is so 2014, it’s time for Caitlyn Jenner! Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen the latest Vogue cover, featuring for the first time ever a transgender woman. Vogue isn’t alone, Time broke Transgender ground with Laverne Cox on their cover last year. All this media coverage, but there’s an issue no one is really talking about:


Being Transgender is still a huge problem

And no, it’s not a problem for us, it’s a problem for transgender people. To put it in perspective, let’s go back to 2008. Obama, the first black president, had just won the election. However, before he even stepped his foot into the White House, people were already declaring racism over. Yea, how did that work out?


Attention does not equal acceptance

See, that’s the issue with a sudden flurry of attention on something different, we think it means it’s done. One black president? Cool, racism is dead. Beat Russia to the moon? We’re finished with space. Honestly if we put Jared the Subway guy on the cover of something, half this country would think we defeated obesity.


But attention isn’t a bad thing

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way suggesting we just ignore transgender people, racial issues, or really anything wrong in general, I’m just saying we have to avoid treating these issues like fads. Our 24/7 news cycle never shuts off, so it tends to favor stories that can be found, consumed, and tossed aside quickly. We like our news stories to have 3 acts, even though most things in life rarely have a simple “the end” sign to them.


This is the start, not the end

I guess what I’m saying with all this is please don’t just pretend we’re done worrying about transgender issues. If my Facebook feed’s relative lack of bigotry is to be believed, we are making leaps and bounds in terms of acceptance. But as a society, there is still a lot of violence and anger towards transgender people.


We are making big strides here, but this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Take this media blitz for what it is, an education opportunity, and learn more about how it’s ok for people to be different. Don’t jump to conclusions about new things. As the great Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Yo, everybody just chill the hell out.”


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