Caitlyn Jenner isn’t in the military, so she isn’t brave!

Because this is America, and we must remain polarized, there is of course opposition to Bruce Jenner transitioning to a female. Jenner now goes by the name of Caitlyn, and for this transition, she has been called brave.

But apparently, calling Caitlyn brave delegitimizes the bravery of those in the military. I find this funny. I had no idea the word ‘brave’ was defined as having the exact amount of courage and no less of an individual in the armed forces.

That little boy that swam into the lake to save his drowning sister, don’t call him brave! He’s not in the military! Show some respect for the troops you jerk!

Obviously, this sensitivity to the word brave is nonsense. It is just one more talking point for people who don’t agree with being trans to rely on. I believe in personal liberty and letting people be who they are. What Caitlyn has done is indeed brave, and I hope it brings inspiration to other people struggling with their gender identity. If you don’t understand why anybody would want to transition, or would feel they are of a different gender, I can explain it very easily to you. It’s because you’re not transgender.

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  3 comments for “Caitlyn Jenner isn’t in the military, so she isn’t brave!

  1. June 4, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I’m just jealous that Caitlyn is quite lovely…. sigh. 🙂 it takes bravery to take the step, knowing so much is against you. it shows a strength of character that so many of the ignorant twits will never have.

    The delusion that everyone in the military is brave or, what I hate worse, a “hero”, is what devalues such terms. it’s a common delusion in twits who have never served, the jackasses who want to play soldier but don’t want the responsibility. My husband served, combat engineer/sapper, and is utterly disgusted when this bs is claimed about the military when he knows it isn’t so.

  2. June 4, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I agree with the general thought behind this post – this notion that a person isn’t brave because they aren’t “soldier brave” is stupid. Having said that, I don’t think Jenner transitioning to Caitlyn is all that brave. She has money, celebrity, and is surrounded by people who are very supportive. That there was a Vanity Fair expose is indicative of the amount of support she received. Yes, there are people who disagree with the transition and who are stigmatizing it, but even these people know that the trend towards acceptance for trans- is undeniable. I can see the bravery in a person’s transition amidst peers who stigmatize: to go forward with your transition in the face of ostracization is indeed brave. But that wasn’t what Caitlyn did. And while I’m glad that she feels more comfortable with herself, I fail to see the bravery in her actions.

    • June 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you for the insightful comment. Your thoughts are certainly worth pondering over.

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