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Why Caitlyn Jenner Is The Woman Our Society Needs

Today, Vanity Fair tweeted its July 2015 cover, featuring the person we formerly knew as Bruce Jenner: Caitlyn Jenner.

Sporting a white, strapless bustier, Caitlyn is dressed to the nines with a fresh face of makeup and a long, brown locks.

While she looks absolutely stunning, there is already an Internet backlash since the cover went viral merely an hour ago.

Why is it that someone simply being who she is makes the world so uncomfortable?

The transgender community has made such breakthroughs over the last couple of years. Laverne Cox was on the cover of TIME, and the media has brought the topic to the forefront with shows such as “Transparent,” “My Transparent Life” and “Orange Is the New Black.”

Yet, there is still hostility toward an entire community of individuals who are just trying to be who they truly are in a judgmental, cruel society.

Imagine having to wake up every single day knowing the majority of the world is against you. It's almost inconceivable to most of us.

But, to an entire community, it's reality.

Caitlyn Jenner, one of the greatest athletes of our time during her past life, is going to change the world for the better.

When the Kardashians first came into the spotlight on E! and created an empire for themselves through reality shows, clothing brands, endorsement deals and modeling, I believed they were “famous for absolutely no reason.”

In a society where we sink our teeth into the juiciest gossip and the most controversial stories, I could see why some people adored the family and their spotlighted “drama.”

But, I never thought their issues were real.

I always believed their “problems” — the failed relationships, sex tapes and controversial media quotes — were just PR stunts

I thought this until now.

Caitlyn Jenner has been able to turn an entire empire’s reliance on reality gossip into societal help.

When a star in such a big spotlight becomes part of a community that has undergone so much hatred and scrutiny, it becomes like a light at the end of a tunnel for those also apart of the community.

Often, as humans, we are psychologically uncomfortable with things we are not used to or unaccustomed to. Transgender individuals question our societal hegemonic views of gender and sexuality.

Whenever the norm is questioned, people feel uncomfortable.

But, what about when the “greatest athlete of our time,” a man who some have said is the greatest man in the world, reveals he has a soul of a woman?

It throws our gender norms for a complete spiral. And, this is exactly what society needs.

We need to break down the concrete values and norms that have been in place for all of these years. No one should be upholding a solid version of what “femininity” and “masculinity” is.

There should be no concrete definition of the words.

We are all different, and we all experience life in different ways.

Alarmingly, a CBS poll shows that 59 percent of Americans are uncomfortable with transgender students using the locker room or bathroom of their choice. With such high suicide rates among transgender youth, we should be more accepting of our children.

As much as the Kardashians and the Jenners have made headlines for family drama in the past, they’re finally making headlines for the good of society.

The US and countries around the world have turned Kardashian into a household name. We have let them into our lives via social media, TV and other forms of entertainment.

It's time to let Caitlyn Jenner into our homes, not for entertainment value, gossip or slander, but as a guide and role model for change.

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Alexa Tanney

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Alexa Tanney is a gypsy soul from New York City with absolutely no filter. She is a media/journalism graduate, hopes to marry Jon Stewart and enjoys long, romantic walks to the fridge. You can get inside her head at AlexaTanney.com
Alexa Tanney is a gypsy soul from New York City with absolutely no filter. She is a media/journalism graduate, hopes to marry Jon Stewart and enjoys long, romantic walks to the fridge. You can get inside her head at AlexaTanney.com

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