Bruce Jenner's Special With Diane Sawyer On ABC's 20/20 Sets New Bar For Reporting On Transgender Issues

April 25, 2015 11:05 AM

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Bruce Jenner's Special With Diane Sawyer On ABC's 20/20 Sets New Bar For Reporting On Transgender Issues

Indeed, when the interview ran on Friday night, there was something different about the way 20/20 covered Jenner’s coming out as transgender. There was none of the sensationalism of Piers Morgan’s 2014 interview with trans activist and writer Janet Mock, whom Morgan insisted “was a boy until 18” and “formerly a man.” Even then Mock took exception to the characterization on Twitter, firing back that she was born "a baby" and noting, "As I grew up, I discovered my girlhood, I discovered my womanhood, and I proclaimed and defined myself for myself."

Sawyer did not, as Katie Couric had, fixate on the status of Jenner’s genitals and pose invasive questions about gender reassignment surgery, fueling the culture’s voyeuristic obsession with trans people’s bodies, as if to know someone’s anatomy is to know their soul. Nor did the ABC special go the ...

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