The Bruce Jenner Story Is Good News

April 24, 2015 8:18 PM

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The Bruce Jenner Story Is Good News

The discussion about whether Bruce Jenner is transitioning has me feeling simultaneously hopeful and deeply uncomfortable. Uncomfortable because, as a daughter of a "transparent," the tabloid tone of ridicule with which the speculation has been presented recalls the cruel words I heard behind my back growing up. It's amazing how well our muscles remember. Who would have thought that the fear and shame I once felt so viscerally in elementary school -- when someone would make fun of transgender people and I'd break out into a sweat, shallowly breathing, gnawing my fingernails until the subject changed--could be conjured in an instant, twenty-five years later? Any psychologist on the planet, I'm sure.

Of course this tone is not new, is not specific to the speculation about Jenner's gender. He has set himself up for this; ridicule and spectacle have surrounded the Kardashian/Jenner family for years because they have placed their private lives squarely in the public eye. Once one of the best Americ...

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