Don’t worry, I’m not going to say anything stupid and get myself in trouble. I fully support her rights to be whatever she wants to be. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. This isn’t a shock to me, and I am thrilled that the world is showing so much support for someone who wanted to change gender. This isn’t about that.
The thing is… oh, the irony of having a ‘thing’ in a post about somebody who had their ‘thing’ removed… that I am a little surprised that the first thing she did as a woman to introduce herself to society that way, was to pose for a lingerie picture. And once again, I am not judging her, I am just curious if any of you thought that seemed like an odd choice. I mean, if the first thing my daughters did when they turned 18 to show the world who they were was to go pose in their underwear for the cover of a magazine, I wouldn’t be all that thrilled to be honest. I would be supportive, but I wouldn’t be overjoyed.
Oh, I know Caitlyn didn’t pose naked with her legs open on the cover of Penthouse, or star in a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ or some porno movie. I suppose, considering that I have no fashion gene and I think the fashion industry is the biggest sham ever foisted on the world, that Vanity Fair is a pretty tame place to show your undies… but how do you women feel about this? Is this a step forward or a step back? And guys, did you find yourself thinking ‘Oh, yeah, Baby’ when you first saw that picture… until you realized who it was and sort of freaked out a little… Hey, I am just asking. That is what I do. I ask the questions nobody else does.
I will point out one thing to you, ladies. I know there is nothing wrong with posing naked or partially dressed. This is not a comment on the morality of it… but you ought to know that as long as you do these kinds of things, or work in a Hooters, or even just dress in clothes that slow you down in an emergency situation… as long as stylish hair and makeup is an actual concern to most of you, a lot of men… and I don’t mean enlightened men like me… are not going to treat you or view you as equals. That is just the sad truth of the matter. If you put too much effort into how you look, don’t be surprised if many men treat you and think of you as something to look at and not anything more.
Also, to be honest, and I hope this doesn’t get me labeled as an ageist, but doing a lingerie shoot at that age is a little weird. I mean, I guess that is a real thing now… hot grandmothers… but should it be a thing? I think this began in Hollywood when they were portraying older actresses as still being suitable for sexy roles, but I would be willing to bet that if you Google ‘sexy grandmas’ you will see a whole lot of pornography pop up along with pictures of movie stars. And once again, I am not judging… just asking if the fashion industry is really doing us any favors.
Finally, can I just say that Caitlyn is a name more suited to a teenage girl than a woman of that generation. And I guess that leads me to wonder if maybe, besides trying to finally feel comfortable in her gender if she isn’t also trying a little too hard to feel younger. Is she going to get a tramp stamp tattoo now? Not that there is anything wrong with that. I am just curious is all.
So did any of you ever give thought to any of this? Or were you too caught up in being either supportive or appalled? Were your first thoughts either; ‘you go, girl’ or; ‘that is just sick and wrong’? I fall into the first category, but after the initial rush of feeling happy that someone had the courage to be themselves, I took the time to begin wondering about what all this says about gender and age in modern society… and it left me with more questions than answers.