How is it an award is now justified for courage about coming out with ones gender identification? Arthur Ashe was a terribly private man and when faced with exposure by the press of his health he told the public. He caught a disease he never would have imagined would afflict him. Caitlyn Jenner has chosen to expose herself what has nothing to do with Ashes courage of facing death and shame . How do they compare?
No, I do not believe Bruce Jenner as Caitlyn should ever even been considered for the Arthur Ashe award. I agree with what Franklin Graham had to say about it publicly.
I read the very interesting article that SmartAndFun shared a link to here http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2751530 . I agree on the Autogynephilia with Michael Bailey.
Both initially became famous for sport and used that fame to advance civil rights issues and compassionate behavior. I see a very clear parallel between how people with HIV were treated then and how transgender people are treated now, and how celebrities can work to change this.
How can you compare catching HIV from a blood transfusion to someone declaring to the world they are transgender. Why is it that this country now has the need appreciate someone proclaiming to the world what sex they want to be? It used to be something that was held in private and for only close friends and family to discuss and deal with. Now we have to have awards to "honor" this?
Because, as has been comprehensively proven, that gender identity is not a matter of choice. Not that I need science to tell me that I could not just get up one morning and willfully "decide" to be a male the same way I decide what to wear.
Maybe you should listen to her acceptance speech and learn more about transgender people and their struggles. Honestly, no one would choose to go through the kind of crap transgender people have to experience.
What should b a "private thing" is your prejudice.
I knew you would throw this into a "choice" realm and I won't argue that with you. I don't believe we have a choice about who we are. As far as a prejudice that is a stretch as well. I am arguing the award. Whatever her struggle is it will never be okay with everyone so why the award? What has she achieved? Courage? What of the poor person who rises from poverty? Is that courage? What of the prisoner who goes against the grain and becomes a solid citizen? Is that courage? Where are the awards for that? Professing to the world your sexuality is far from that and what Artur Ashe had to deal with in the face of his ensuing death. To face death with dignity has nothing to do with outing yourself as transgender.
Psycheskinner, I am curious about your professional opinion of autogynephilia. I came across this term while reading about Bruce Jenner, and it appears that it certainly could apply to his situation. According to the article, men who are autogynephiles seek transition not because they are "women trapped in a man's body" but because they have a sexual fetish for seeing themselves as women. The article says these transsexuals are typically heterosexual men who are not effeminate; they often have spouses and children and experience no homosexual attraction. They tend to seek to transition later in life as their fetish builds and progresses over the years. They remain heterosexual after their transition.
In contrast, males who are very effeminate and have been all their lives, and yearn to be female from a very young age, are typically homosexuals and remain attracted to men once they transition.
According to the article, men who seek transition fall into one of these two categories and there is little overlap.
I had never heard of this before. As a psychologist, what is your opinion of autogynephilia? If it is a real condition, I wonder why it is not being brought up in the media? It does seem like it could very well apply to Bruce/Caitlyn.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthro … el-bailey/
It's a very controversial decision, but I'm not against it. The courage and struggle is definitely there and it's takes bravery to do what Caitlyn Jenner did.
Look up some statistics on hate crimes against transgendered youth and how it affects them (depression and suicide is alarmingly common among transgendered youth).
I think it's incredibly courageous to come out as a transgendered person when you're in the public eye, especially as an athlete. The reception has been far from unanimously warm and I've heard/seen so many hateful and disgusting comments directed at Caitlyn over her decision. Those same comments are directed at thousands of other transgendered people across the world.
You're right, we shouldn't care about someone's sexuality. We should be able to look at people like Caitlyn Jenner and say "hey, cool, she's happy, good for her." But not everyone is there yet. Not even close. And that's the point.
" But not everyone is there yet. Not even close. And that's the point."
Who cares is my thoughts as though "everyone" will ever be "there". The world is a big place and there are just as many attitudes, ideas and judgements that nobody can control. This is a private thing and should remain so. Jenner started out as the world's greatest athlete, became a reality TV buffoon and now this? What next and will there be an award for it?
I truly wish that the advances in same sex or weird- ness - freedoms as gained in the last few years will one day arrive at the normalcy of "don't ask don't tell" mentality , meaning .....I Don;'t Care and No One Else Does Either !.......... if people have to "come out ' , Just Do It and go away ! No he doesn't deserve all the twisted media attention anyway ! Get lost Brucie.
Sexual preference , , same sex marriage , cross gender choices . All personal decisions that the media is playing the hell out of in hysterics and sensationalistic frenzy . There is far too much- "noise " - from such a small piece of the spectrum! My point , if the gay community is perhaps 5-or 10 % of our culture , stop giving them fourty percent of primetime attention .
This is the typical media deflection of the news towards things that don't matter to disguise what is the real news. How are the TPP negotiations going with the other 10 countries meeting over the deal? What of Afghanistan? How many troops remain and is it all quiet of are there more battles going on? What about the trade deficit and how is it being managed? None of these issues are as much fun or easier to sell copy. You see it is so much easier to get people to vilify or praise one person which deflects and grabs the attention rather than concentrate on the issues that affect everybody.
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