Yesterday Vanity Fair released the cover of their latest edition, featuring Caitlyn Jenner looking unsurprisingly hot. This is a huge moment for trans* visibility, and it's been reassuring to see such positive reactions in mainstream media.
One of the most popular reactions was that of Laverne Cox, who posted a response on her Tumblr placing Jenner's debut in important context. The entire response is absolutely worth reading, but here's a snippet where she addresses the beauty standards her and Jenner's looks adhere to, saying:
"I am able to embody certain cisnormative beauty standards. Now, there are many trans folks because of genetics and/or lack of material access who will never be able to embody these standards. More importantly many trans folks don't want to embody them and we shouldn't have to to be seen as ourselves and respected as ourselves."
Jenner looks rull good, but it's important to keep in mind that our approval of someone's gender affirmation shouldn't be based on how well they align to the traditional binary.
What's more important than Jenner becoming a woman is Jenner becoming herself. And so let's keep the conversations going beyond "Well DAYUM" followed by nine of those praise hand emojis, and let this be a moment for show-stopping and conversation-starting.
1. She's been receiving quite the welcome.
2. Some major welcomes.
3. It's not that hard to respect name changes, people.
4. So let's not get distracted with the petty, counterproductive stuff.
5. There's plenty more work to do.
6. Like trans healthcare rights.
7. Or how trans folk are treated in prison.
8. Including other famous trans women like Chelsea Manning.
9. People have been addressing the bad sportsmanship out there.
10. She's earned the fanfare.
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