There is one woman’s name on the lips of the world these past two days: Caitlyn Jenner.
Formerly Bruce Jenner, the Gold medal winner in the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the men’s decathlon and patriarch of a certain untalented television family who shall not be named, she revealed her new identity to world via the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
The media pounced on the story like a vultures descending on the carcass of a recently deceased cow.
Comedian and Daily Show host Jon Stewart, as he usually does, hit the nail on the head.
As Bruce, he was assigned the usual positive qualities attached to a male: strong, intelligent and capable. As Caitlyn, she is assigned the usual positive qualities attached to a female: beautiful, pretty and attractive. In other words, as a man, he was judged by his abilities and his intelligence. As a woman, she is being judged by her looks.
Putting aside the fact that Caitlyn is now the public face of LGBT community, what Caitlyn represents is the double sided reality that women face today. While we have come very far in what is essentially a short time, we are still being judged by our looks.
I love the irony of Caitlyn Jenner