Imagine if elite journalists covered Donald Trump the way they did Caitlyn Jenner. Here’s one story (adapted to include POTUS):
Caitlyn Jenner’sDonald Trump’s highly choreographed emergence has precipitated an important national conversation about transgender issuesbigotry, but it has also led to a useful discussion about the stereotyping of agemaleness, the valorization of a certain form of beautynationalism, and the perpetuation of damaging gender normswhiteness.
But it would not be absurd to liken
Caitlyn’sTrump’s obvious delight in her beautyhis success, as revealed by Annie LiebovitzBreitbart and by Caitlyn’sDonald’s own blog poststweets, to Kim Kardashian’s pleasure in her many looks. Nor would it be absurd to note the resources available to both. What if people of all genders, all ages, from all walks of life, could look in the mirror, or take a selfie, and see—as CaitlynDonald finally seems to see; as Kim Kardashian at least appears to see—the people we want to see?
So much understanding for some. So little for others. And the reason? I’m waiting.