Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families. Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades.“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that aired Friday in a special two-hour edition of ABC News’ “20/20.”
...At this point, Jenner is unsure of what the future holds in terms of other surgeries.
“As of now, I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff, so in a lot of ways we’re different, okay?” Jenner said to Sawyer during the interview. “But we still identify as female. And that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say. Because why? I don’t want to disappoint people."
...In a statement to ABC News, Jenner’s first wife, Chrystie Scott said, “Someone who has lived 65 years of his life as the wrong gender has every right to live the last quarter of his life as his authentic self. I support him and so hope the world can too. I pray for his happiness for the rest of his journey.”For all of the modern obsession with sex, we've become a remarkably disembodied lot. Until about 20 minutes ago, being a man or a woman was at the core of our essence. You could be a good man or a bad man, but you were essentially a man. We can't speak of being a good or a bad man without intuitive knowledge of manhood. Plato would have called it the Idea of manhood, Aristotle the Form. When we look at the criminal thug, we call him a bad man because we know what a good man looks like: at the very least, someone who doesn't lie, cheat, steal, or kill. Beefy Levinson is an individual but he shares the essence of manhood with every other male human being on earth. The right side of the blogosphere has spent the last several years ruminating on what it means to be a man in the declining civilization of the 21st century.
Liberalism varies in the details from time to time and place to place, but the one thing all liberal revolutions have in common is the desire to free the individual from all constraints that he himself does not choose. In its infancy, this was mostly confined to the political sphere. The king had his authority by right of birth. The liberal says that all men are created equal, and that accidents of birth should be of no account when determining who is to rule.
The United States was founded on liberal principles, but was for the first two centuries of its life a conservative country in many ways. The government was formally liberal in its philosophy, but society rested on the strength of its families, its religion, its inherited ways of organization. The American Dream wasn't the get rich quick fable it is today, but the notion that no matter how mean your birth, you had opportunities to better your station and give your children a better life than the one you had. Not every one born in poverty has the intellect, the will, and the talent to become rich but a solid middle class existence was within reach.
Liberalism inevitably broke through the walls of separation between politics and the rest of life. It abhors the notion of a base human nature. In practice, it denies our bodily nature. Blood, soil, family, history, culture, religion, even our sex is now considered an unjust obstruction in the liberal superman's self-realization through his reason and will. These things cannot be legislated out of existence so the liberal insists that they be made not to matter. If you wish to identify as a white man, that's all well and good so long as it is a conscious choice you make.
This is nonsense on stilts of course, and the only way it manages to hold together is through a series of unprincipled exceptions. If manhood or womanhood is part of our essence as men and women, then there cannot be such a thing as the transsexual. There are only mentally ill men and women who sometimes take their pathology to the extreme of mutilating themselves. I regard them with pity even more than disgust. Bruce Jenner is a man and no amount of hormones, surgery, or indulgence from a decadent society will make him something he is not and cannot be.
Speaking that truth will get you shamed on social media at best, fired and ostracized at worst. Reality doesn't care about our feelings though. Somehow, it seems fitting that Jenner has also come out as a Republican. I expect lots of good Republicans will encourage him because if they came out as trans-phobic, why people might say mean things about them at cocktail parties.
I wish I had the power to compel others to indulge in my fantasies. I am the trans-emperor of mankind. Kneel before your master. I'm a trans-rich man but my bank account doesn't reflect my belief. Give me all of your money to help me realize my true self. I'm a trans-black man. Give me a million dollar record deal. For some reason, people don't react as well to my beliefs as they do to Jenner's.
This is what I truly am on the inside