Caitlyn Jenner: An Olympian And Role Model. Caitlyn Jenner

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Caitlyn Jenner: An Olympian and Role Model Caitlyn Jenner was given the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (ESPY) Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Twice an Olympic triathlon athlete, she blazed new trails. Long before her transformation, Jenner lived a life that her family and society expected of her: a loyal, loving son and father and an outstanding sportsman. Her newest role was as an advocate for the transgender community, which may become one of her greatest roles. Presently, Caitlyn Jenner’s purpose was to promote sexual diversity, accepting differences, and respect for all human beings. As I watched Jenner accept her award, I reflected back on my understanding of transgender orientation. During the mid-1980’s while in…show more content…
She did not know anyone like herself. So she kept her feelings of shame and fear of being exposed to herself. In turn, Jenner expressed the same kind of feelings when he, previously known as Bruce, tried to cover them up with what he felt was the image of maleness. He exhibited characteristics familiar to men: a muscular body, a deep voice, and the ability to impregnate a woman. When he identified as Bruce, Jenner vigorously trained himself to be the best physical specimen of a man. Undeniably, he achieved just that, and I still remember how proud I was of him when he became an Olympian, representing our country well. Later, I could not have been more proud of him when he courageously revealed that he was transgender. The lecturer dealt with her vulnerable feelings by overeating and isolating herself from others. Like her, Bruce preferred to be by himself and this caused him to feel awkward in social situations. For years, they were tormented by the sight of their bodies—hair in places they did not want, male genitalia, and an array of emotions like those of females rather than males. Bruce and the speaker used to stifle their feelings, which were their way to cope with their struggles with self-identity and self-esteem. By doing so, Kim and Bruce gained approval and acceptance by others. Unlike Jenner, Kim avoided having intimate relationships because of her personal turmoil. Jenner chose to live as a man for many years. He got married and divorced

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