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No Longer Hiding

0 Comments 22 May 2015

By Vivi Bonomie
News Editor Elect

The media has recently been hit with a frenzy of rumors surrounding the story of Bruce Jenner. People appear to be surprised that after winning a decathlon, becoming the face of Wheaties, having three wives and six children,  Jenner has decided to undergo the transition to become a woman. Speculation had been surrounding the gold-medalist after his recent divorce with renowned “Momager” Kris Kardashian, which was finalized March 23, 2015. The couple had been separated for two years.

   On April 24, 2015, Jenner agreed to do an interview with Diane Sawyer where all questions would be answered. Up until this point, a preferred pronoun had not yet been openly expressed, but that night, Jenner told Diane, “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” He explained that his whole life was a constant struggle between accepting who he was and who he wanted to be.

As a child, Jenner admitted to dressing in women’s clothing but, as he got older, it was something that he continued to do. Many people ask, how did he keep cross-dressing a secret from his wives? Jenner says that it was treated as more of a habit than a way of life.

The difficulty for many people who grew up with Jenner as an image of the ideal “manly man” is the difference between sex and gender. While Jenner may have the anatomy of a male, he identifies his gender as female, which means in the ever-evolving world of gender politics, he is a woman.

In the interview, Jenner said, “I look at it this way: Bruce was always telling a lie. He’s lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can’t do that any longer. My brain is much more female than it is male. It’s hard for people to understand that, but that’s what my soul is.”

Jenner’s life has been on display since long before “Keeping up with the Kardashians” became a hit, and while it is difficult for some people to understand how a 65-year-old man is becoming a woman, others would say that what is more important is that Jenner receives the support and respect he deserves during this transition. This latter group would say that it’s hard enough that he’s lived a whole lifetime hiding who he truly is and does not now the whole world judging him for it.

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