Hello World! Guess what everyone is upset about?! Besides the lack of decorations on the Starbucks cups...
Caitlyn Jenner was named "Woman Of The Year" by Glamour Magazine.
And of course everyone had an opinion about it. Oh look, here comes an opinion now!
And this one
I find it quite interesting that the same people who are crying about being "disrespected as a woman" and being offended is, in turn, not respecting Caitlyn, or the entire transgender community for that matter. When did it become okay to publicly comment on someone's genitalia?
Is that in itself not "ridiculous" and offensive" and ultimately, disrespectful?
This Is About Respecting Other Human Beings
I am all about expressing yourself, being true to yourself, and all that goodness, but why the need to talk about people's genitalia who you're not even considering fucking? Why are you so curious? Why is that everyone's "go to" when discussing Caitlyn or any transperson for that matter?
Disagreeing with the decision, whatever, that's fine, that's America, but not respecting another human being? Not okay.
And just in case your rebuttal is, "It's not a WOMAN! It's a thing, not a HUMAN BEING!" I googled the definition for you.
Now Run And Tell That
So as I was saying...
Why is it so difficult for people to respect other human beings?
If someone separates from their spouse because they were abusive and decides that, socially, they are going to change their last name, would you continue to call them by their married name just because you don't believe in divorce? Or because legally their last name never changed?
That's fine. I get it. Hold on to your beliefs, but let me tell you something that you fail to understand.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT RELIGION!
Religion has nothing to do with someone's name or pronoun. It has to do with respecting another human being. Just because you are against divorce, are you going to continue to call someone by a name other than the name to which they respond?
NO, in fact:
It's not how you identify them, it's how they identify themselves.
And, "no," it's not your job to know what someone wants to be called, but use your eyes and be considerate. I mean… most of you pause when deciding to refer to a person as "black" versus "African American," or "white" versus "Caucasian." If you are still uncertain there are many respectful ways to get the answers that you need, but please...
And please don't go head-to-head with me about what the bible says. Trust me, you'll win. I haven't been to church in three Sundays and I know I'll probably get a phone call from my mother for this confession alone.
Just To Clarify
I'm not an activist, extremist, or an advocate of any kind. I don't know if I'll ever write another article like this. I probably would have thought this article was a passing thought if this topic had not been on my mind for three days. The closest I've ever been to a Gay Pride march was stumbling through Hell's Kitchen bar hopping with a group of well dressed bottoms who actually gave me amazing sex tips for my love life. Funny how that works. A group of homosexual men helped me to better my heterosexual marriage, and all this time I thought they were going to ruin the entire institution... interesting.