I can’t think of a more appropriate “where are they now.” Can you?
Caitlyn Jenner wore a gold sequin jumpsuit and her Olympic gold medal on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her iconic decathlon win at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The piece is called “Caitlyn Jenner As You Know Her Now, Bruce Jenner As You Never Knew Him Then,” which is appropriate, although I wish I could say Caitlyn Jenner’s political views have changed from Bruce’s. UGH, Trump supporters? But I digress. Caitlyn talks about who she was, who she is and how the medal is NBD, and in general the piece is interesting, but not altogether surprising. I do like that she doesn’t keep the medal out. Instead, she keeps it in her “nail drawer?” Is that where rich people keep stuff affiliated with manicures, or is that more of a tool box inside a cabinet? Weird. Anyhow, here are highlights from the interview:
On her gender dysphoria during the Olympics: “The decathlon was the perfect distraction,” she said. “Sports. It’s not real life. You go out there, you work hard, you train your ass off, win the Games. I’m very proud of that part of my life. And it’s not like I just want to throw it out. It’s part of who I am. What I’m dealing with now, this is about who you are as a human being. What did I do for the world in 1976, besides maybe getting a few people to exercise a little bit? I didn’t make a difference in the world.”
On her body image after the decathalon: “It disgusted me. I was big and thick and masculine. The rest of the world thought it was this Greek god kind of body,” she said. “I hated it. But it’s what I was given, so I just tried to do the best I could with it.”
Jenner revealed that she thought she would transition before age 40 (which would have been in 1989), but it just wasn’t the right time: “Little Caitlyn has been in there since I was this big,” Jenner said motioning about four feet off the floor. “Sometimes she raised her cute little head more than others. I was female inside, but I wasn’t an effeminate male. So I could hide easily in the male world. My life was distraction after distraction after distraction. Being a macho male was a way for me to try to convince myself that the woman living inside of me really isn’t living inside me. Obviously, it didn’t work.”
On her ‘former self:’ “I loved Bruce,” she said. “I still love him today. I like what he did and the way he set an example for hard work and dedication. I’m proud of that part of my life. But this woman was living inside me, all my life, and it reached the point where I had to let her live and put Bruce inside. And I am happier, these last 12 months, than I’ve ever been in my life.”
On plans to have reassignment surgery: “It’s nobody’s business whether I want to do that to my body,” she said.
(Via Us Weekly)
Yeah, must be very weird achieving society’s “body ideal” but hating your form anyway. Can’t say I relate, but I find the whole thing interesting. I’m still not sure if Caitlyn likes men or women (and it’s not been discussed in-depth or verified in the media), and seems like a big deal. THAT’S something I’m hoping she’ll talk about soon.
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Photo: Sports Illustrated