Call Him Caitlyn Jenner
The whole transgender thing can be viewed by normal straight people as either some sort of alien, weird science, transformation thingy (with all its awe and wonder) or can be simply accepted today. That the person doing it, whether a woman turning into a guy or a guy turning into a woman, is either totally demented or truly trapped in the wrong the body. Either way of thinking is normal. Can you imagine when Bruce Jenner, now a Caitlyn Jenner, first told his family members what transformation is and how one day this father, husband, man, would be a person with boobs and a vagina? Talk about awe and shock. I am sure the first reaction was disbelief and Bruce was joking. Once that wore off and the family members realized he was dead serious, one can guess what they were thinking. In fact, one of Bruce's daughter stated she was pissed at this decision because she was losing her dad and male figure she admired. She thought it was selfish that at age 65, Bruce wanted to be a woman created by mad science and costing well over $200,000. Who in their right mind, at the senior age of 65, would do this insane thing? Was it really to help the Kardasian reality TV show? Many think so. It's not like Bruce lacked affection or attention prior to this. He was all over cereal boxes after the gold medals he won.
For some reason, it seems the logical time to switch gender is between 10-14, because up until 14, boys and girls are more similar than not in development. If not then, it seems logical to do all the hormonal injections and operations required to transform one, by age 40, when the person still has natural youth to work with. But, age 65?
The whole transgender thing is fascinating in a weird science way. With operations, a female can have her penis and erection, but not the ejaculation. The facial hair can be forced to grow with testosterone. The boobs are removed. For a guy, hormonal shots of estrogen create the breasts over a long time, facial hair gradually vanishes or removed. They last stage is removing the penis and balls and creating a vagina. From what I researched, the cheapest conversion is between $50-75,000. But once the physical transformation is completed, by far the hardest part must be the psychological part. The part of not thinking like you use to about others and things.
For Bruce, he is now a woman. He will now have to endure many things he never had to before from his former gender. Not everyone will accept her now. Everyone knows she is not really a woman, though she looks the role. People who knew her as Bruce, will forever have problems with it and Caitlyn will be forced to deal with them. Yes, people say the whole transformation is wonderful now that he\she has done it, but, they still think it is weird science and make comments in private. Perhaps the harshest will be those real women.
But, there are plenty of "shemales" out there. It is slang for a transgender man who is now a woman except still has a penis. These have often fooled straight guys in bars who thought they were flirting with a hot woman. Externally, the shemale can fool even real women. Even when they speak, if done well, it is hard to tell. It is a very odd masquerade, of sorts. And, as the real guy flirts with the fake woman, their might be clues to tell the truth, if not, the shemale will usually admit coyly that she is a he. Once disclosed and the shemale moves on, the real guy is in a state of embarrassment, awe, and shock. But, it makes one wonder how do these shemales make a living in the real world? Are they all prostitutes? Are they always in fear of being discovered? What problems to they have being half man and half woman? It is just bizarre. I suppose most simply cannot afford the final step-penis removal, which is a costly operation, so they live and stay in a "twilight zone" world.
While Bruce Jenner is now converted to her real self and has opened the whole transgender dialog across the world and is embraced, there are thousands who lack the resources and money to make such a transition. They hide incognito about themselves and present a false image to the world out of fear. The real world is a tough place for them and can be dangerous. At least Ms. Jenner has done an Olympian action to make it a little easier for all to deal with it. Many people accept them but not embrace them. There have been a few fascinating movies on the whole transformation process, one starring Jane Fonda's son. Think about how it is when a person falls in love with one, finding out that the woman or man is transgender. Once revealed, how does that alter the relationship?
Its tough for all for different reasons. As Brooke Baldwin stated on CNN, "It's all very hard to grasp".