anne mikolay 2012 120

anne mikolay 2012 120At the risk of offending Caitlyn Jenner’s passionate supporters, I must say, “enough already!” She’s everywhere…on television, in magazines, Facebook, twitter. I am weary of all things Kardashian and, as always, I am critical of society’s tendency to hoist ordinary people onto a pedestal.

Of course, Caitlyn Jenner is no “ordinary” woman. She’s quite the opposite. Extraordinary. Brave. A trailblazer, but that doesn’t mean I need to know every detail of the woman’s life. I am not the least bit curious who designed the dress for her Vanity Fair cover, nor do I care who did her makeup or where they found size thirteen shoes to fit her. My disinterest is not intended to defame Caitlyn Jenner and is more a result of the media’s relentless tendency to beat a topic to a pulp. Bruce Jenner’s transition is news; the name of Caitlyn Jenner’s makeup artist and the color of her lipstick is not.

Let’s be honest. While everyone is applauding Caitlyn Jenner’s journey, and her positive public acceptance is a definite milestone in the transgender community, her journey does not accurately reflect the experience of her peers. Caitlyn Jenner has a wealth of resources and a support network unfamiliar to most. She may be an inspirational figure to those walking her path, but by virtue of her social position, she may have experienced far less bumps in the road than others. Bruce Jenner is not the first man to transition (though he may be the first to so publicly and positively do so), and there is a definite shadow of hypocrisy in the media’s currently bright spotlight. Those who are now praising Caitlyn Jenner are the same who invaded Bruce Jenner’s privacy by speculating about his possible desire to become a woman, criticizing his long hair and his obvious facial changes, and poking fun at his feminine features. Media people, either you’re on board from the beginning or you’re not. “High-fiving” Caitlyn Jenner now seems like a shameless hunt for ratings saturated in political correctness.

And as for the rest of the Kardashian clan, well…I don’t understand the public’s fascination with them. Sometimes, the Kardashians are downright laughable. When recently asked how she is handling her busy schedule while pregnant, Kim Kardashian commented how tired she is from flying round trip to New York from Los Angeles in one day for a dress fitting before a red carpet function. Really? If Mrs. Kanye West wants to experience true fatigue, she should try riding New Jersey Transit into New York every day while pregnant, or taking the subway, or working all day in an office, or caring for a toddler while pregnant without nannies and a staff to do all the hard work. “Ordinary” women who do so are the true heroines of life, not a celebrity who doesn’t have to change a diaper if she doesn’t feel like it.

And “ordinary” people who have transitioned sans public support, ample financial assets, and the very best psychological/medical care are equally if not more heroic than Caitlyn Jenner. Nevertheless, Caitlyn Jenner will deservedly go down in history as a ground-breaker in the transgender community. I must admit it was nice to see her on television, gleefully applying her makeup, happy with herself…quite a contrast to the somber Bruce Jenner interviewed by Diane Sawyer. I wish Caitlyn well, but I’m sorry, folks, every time I see her, I can’t help thinking, “enough already!”

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Anne Mikolay

Anne Mikolay

Anne M. Mikolay joined The Atlantic Highlands Herald as a columnist in 2008. Prior to penning “The Armchair Critic,” Anne wrote feature articles for The Monmouth Journal. Her work has appeared in national...