Just when we thought the air might be clearing, leave it to the Young Conservatives to promote hatred, prejudice and intolerance. Publishing a Facebook post written by Michelle Smith Glass, the Youngcons lamented the media being “unhealthily consumed” by Caitlyn Jenner’s recent notoriety, and cheered Glass’s screamingly slanted attack from a “real” woman’s perspective.
As a woman, I’d like to write an open letter of my own.
Dear Michelle Smith Glass:
Your post to Caitlyn Jenner certainly revealed more about you than it did about Ms. Jenner.
You trot out a laundry list of things that make women courageous and brave. Suffering from cancer, raising a child as a single parent, leaving a spouse who abuses you. Sure — all those things do require courage and bravery.
Here’s a news flash for you, sweetie. Those conditions are NOT exclusive to women. You don’t have to suffer the lack of a Y chromosome to feel those kinds of hurt.
Coming out as transgender in today’s society DOES require courage and bravery. Do you know that in 32 states there is NO law protecting transgender people from losing their jobs for being WHO THEY ARE? Do you have any idea how many people are assaulted or murdered for being transgender? According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, “people who identify as transgender were 28% more likely to experience physical violence than those who are gender normative.”
You, ma’am, are a narrow-minded person. You wouldn’t know compassion or empathy if they bit you on the ass. You view events as they are covered in the media and don’t take the time to look deeper to try to understand the human condition. Do you seriously think that all Ms. Jenner is getting out of this is the chance to play “dress up?” Have you even taken the time to watch her interview with Diane Sawyer? Listened to her life story? Tried to understand what she has undergone since she first identified as a female in her early childhood?
Ms. Jenner could have made her transition in a very private manner. However, she chose to do it publicly, not for glory or awards or out of narcissism. She did it to help others — teenagers considering suicide, parents of young children looking for answers, young adults contemplating their own feelings and trying to make life choices.
Here is a portion of her Diane Sawyer interview in which she discusses her reasons for going “public”:
From one woman to another: I am ashamed of you. You don’t speak for me. You don’t speak for all women. In fact, you are doing your level best to make the rest of us look bad. Do us a favor. Shut up. You’re not helping.
A Woman Supporting ALL Women
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