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An Open Letter To The Open Letter, Regarding “Bruce” Jenner

By November 21, 2015 0
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Dear James Smith,

Not everyone chooses to accept transgender people, not everyone chooses to accept lesbian and gay people, not everyone chooses to accept that everyone is equal. I don’t endorse it, but I can understand that it is a current reality. What I can’t seem to wrap my head around is why you would return your wife’s Woman of the Year Award just because Caitlyn Jenner was also awarded the same title.

In an open letter to Glamour Magazine, you wrote that you are returning this award on behalf of your wife based on the belief that someone else deserved to win the award other than “Bruce Jenner.”

First of all, her name is Caitlyn. Secondly, your entire argument became irrelevant the second you made it clear that you cannot view the world objectively, and cannot respect that these sort of transitions are successful and do happen. Third, you really shouldn’t have made the assumption that they awarded Jenner to resurrect this “dying” medium. This is not true by any means. In fact, magazines have turned and made an online presence to keep up with the growing demand for the Internet and it has been very successful. Please consider taking a Comm 101 class. Which brings me to my fourth point: Why make it an open letter? Are you the one trying to get attention? Because that’s what it looks like. Lastly, you say the women who deserve to win this award are the ones who are deployed, are doctors, and are in the police force. In response to that, I am compelled to argue that although these fields are undeniably deserving of respect, there is so much more to a woman than just her job. Her mental state can be compromised when a transition like Caitlyn’s occurs. It’s not only about what happens on the outside.

Also, shout-out to Caitlyn for gracefully responding to all of these negative comments that are constantly thrown at her. I can only assume how difficult it must be to go through this transition, even more so in the public eye.

To you,  Mr. Smith, I have one final thought: although she may not be helping someone directly with a gun or a needle, she is most definitely helping hundreds of people who are going through the same thing to understand that what they’re feeling is natural, that they’re not alone, and that they will be okay in the end.

In regard to James Smith’s open letter, I say #IgnoreIt.

Sincerely,

Sophia

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