posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 12:09 PM
Originally posted by Miraj
reply to post by ~Vixen~
I would disagree.. Who did the public know before Jenna? Chaz Bono.
IMO, this isn't an issue that's easy to get publicity on.. And I would say she's been a better representative than Chaz Bono was.
I essentially stopped posting in this thread because I saw so many comments that were just asinine.. And don't feel that most of the people here
fully understood any of the medical or psychological research regarding it to make a fully informed comment. But isn't that typical for ATS these
Chaz Bono is viewed differently, because as unfair as it may seem, the general public seems to be more accepting of female to male transitioners.
Women are, unfortunately, still largely viewed as sexual beings. It's the reason that porn is prevalent, why the media obsesses over female
fashions, and why "contests" like Miss Universe still have a following. Men are viewed as being more grounded in reality because of their
(generally) more serious/less vain nature.
I'd hypothesize that by virtue of becoming male, Chaz shed the stereotype that transition was about sex, and people were more open to accept him
because of it. In Jenna's case, the public perceives her adoption of a female role as an attempt to "infiltrate the sanctity of womanhood" purely
for sexual purposes, and her choice to compete in a "I'm the most beautiful woman in the world" contest simply compounds that assumption.
Jenna has brought a lot of attention to the subject of transsexualism, however I contend that the press coverage has been predominantly negative, it
has driven away some whose support and acceptance may have been teetering on the fence, and it has reinforced the false belief that transition is all
about physical beauty and vanity.