Jon Stewart touched on the coverage of Caitlyn Jenner and how brave she was to expose herself to the coverage and, surprisingly, how some people were unexpectedly supportive. Then, he gets down to the heart of the matter:
It’s really heartening to see that everyone is willing to not only accept Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, but to waste no time in treating her like a woman.
As a nation we went from praising Bruce Jenner’s athleticism and business acumen, to Caitlyn Jenner’s hotness (snap!) just like that. He has such an interesting perspective of things and the way we take for granted the differences in which our two genders are treated. How we have grown accustomed to being treated like pretty objects rather than what we contribute to society.
The interview in Vanity Fair is actually pretty entertaining. Apparently, Caitlyn’s most significant revelation is meeting his 89-year-old mother for the first time as a woman — who learned about this for the first time via the interview with Diane Sawyer. At first she wasn’t sure why Bruce was having so many surgeries, and thought it might be for another reality show. But after they had a long discussion she finally understood.
I have never been more proud of Bruce for who he is, himself as a father, as an Olympian, wonderful public speaker. He instills enthusiasm in people. He’s gifted.
Jenner’s mother still refers to her as “Bruce” and his children still refer to him as “Dad.” While that might feel confusing to some people, Jenner says that she finally has nothing left to hide now; she feels wonderful, and for her, before the transition was confusing:
To be able to wake up in the morning, be yourself, get dressed, get ready to go out, and just be like a normal person. That’s a wonderful feeling to go through life. I’ve never been able to do that; it’s always been confusion, it’s always been, you know, I’ve got one side [with] boy clothes, the other side’s women’s clothes. It’s like I cleaned the whole closet out—the boys stuff is gone, O.K.?
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