Bruce Jenner says he's a woman. To prove our enlightenment, must we agree?
In Hans Christian Andersen’s fable "The Emperor’s New Clothes," the wannabe elite fell all over themselves to compliment their stark-nude emperor’s fabulous attire after being told his clothing was invisible only to the unenlightened or unfit for society. Today, the tale, first published in 1837, seems oddly prescient.
Progressive activists and their allies in the mainstream media are right now telling us that only the unenlightened or unfit for society fail to see that 65-year-old Bruce Jenner – a world record-setting gold medalist in the 1976 Olympics’ men’s decathlon and father of six who recently grew out his hair, took a cocktail of hormone pills, purchased $70,000 in facial feminization surgery and a pair of silicone D-cups, and changed his name to "Caitlyn" – is now a bona fide woman.
At the time of his “coming out” interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Jenner still possessed the genitalia of a man. (Tabloids have reported that he has since undergone surgery to remove his male sexual organs and make his genital area appear female instead, although his publicist will not confirm the rumors.) For the rest of his life, he will carry the chromosomal makeup of a man. But biology, they tell us, is inconsequential. So is history. That Bruce Jenner has spent the last 65 years living a man’s life as a husband, father, stepfather and world-class athlete is irrelevant.
What’s important, they say, is believing what we’re told.
Myka Fox of Distractify sums up the popular orthodoxy this way: “By appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair and asking for everyone to call her Caitlyn, Jenner announced she was a woman,” Fox wrote. “Bruce was a ‘he’ yesterday. Caitlyn is a ‘she’ today. It’s really that simple, and continuing to use male pronouns for her is making the statement ‘I reject you.’”
Simple? Hardly. Not even Jenner himself can keep it straight, according to Vanity Fair’s Buzz Bissinger, who spent more than 100 hours interviewing him for July’s cover story.
Asked whether he is sensitive to so-called “pronoun confusion” – the most charitable interpretation trans activists allow for the use of biologically correct pronouns in place of preferred pronouns (more commonly, they chalk it up to “bigotry,” “hate” or “transphobia,” depending on who made the faux pas) – Jenner says it would be hypocritical for him to worry about it. “I don’t really get hung up,” he told Bissinger. “A guy came in the other day and I was fully dressed [as a woman]—it’s just habit, I said, ‘Hi, Bruce here,’ and I went, Oh f—, it ain’t Bruce, I was screwing up doing it.”
Meanwhile, Jenner’s mother, Esther, has publicly said that she will continue to call her son “Bruce,” because “I have to … [h]is father and I named him that.”
While the thought police have, for the moment, let Bruce and his mother off the hook for their sins against semantic orthodoxy, they have been working overtime to condemn anyone else who fails to toe the verbal line. There’s even an automated Twitter account programmed to do nothing but scour the mammoth social media site for posts that use the pronoun “he” in conjunction with Jenner’s name, and call the posters out:
.@OkiesRule *Alarm sounds* It’s she, not he.— She not he (@she_not_he)
June 4, 2015
Big Brother is watching, indeed. We have always been at war with Eastasia. And “Caitlyn” Jenner has always been a woman.
We’re now living in a society where people can change their identity on a whim, and everyone else is expected to fall in line and forget history, or pay the price. But what about the cost to everyone around these unfortunate souls? What about the indignities being suffered by Bruce Jenner’s children – the four normal, non-Hollywood ones, not the fame-hungry Kardashian clan – as they watch their 65-year-old father expose far too much of his aging, surgically reshaped body on the cover of a national magazine, wearing nothing but a women’s bustier, his manhood tucked discreetly between his thighs? What about the discomfort his son Brandon experienced when his dad showed off his new store-bought breasts by flashing him – reportedly prompting Brandon to shout, “Whoa! I’m still your son!”?