Posted by: mydarkestplaces | June 2, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner

Okay. So. Interesting article raising interesting feelings.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Caitlyn Jenner nee Bruce Jenner, transitioning male to female. Words cannot express how proud I am of her. I hope she feels more comfortable, more loved, more herself, in being who she is.

On the sidebar of Facebook came an interesting link. Sherwood Golf Course, the golf course Bruce was a member of for fifteen years, has stated publicly that Caitlyn will not be allowed to patronize the dining room and bar as those locations are men only.

This raised some very interesting feelings in me.

On the one hand, I was upset about the fact someone who’d been a member in good standing for so long patronizing those spaces is now turned away, but on the flip side, I found myself a little happy. The club saying, “Nope, you’re a chick now, you’re not allowed,” means they’re unquestionably accepting Caitlyn’s identity. So, gendered segregation? Bad. Accepting that the man formally known as Bruce is in fact Caitlyn and thus shall be held to the rules that govern female members of the club without any question is kind of…awesome.

Groups that are traditionally more liberal are rarely so unquestioningly accepting, to have a group so traditionally more conservative say, “Welp, you’re a lady now so you can’t come in,” is kind of awesome. And, yes, I am choosing to look at it that way. I’m choosing to think it’s more “no chicks allowed” than “ohmygerd you’re different so therefore not allowed.” It could ultimately shake down either way. Given the nature of the far too public transitioning of Caitlyn and the public status of the men and women she associates with I know this is something we’re going to be hearing about in the mainstream media for a very long time (cod forbid mainstream media cover anything not pop culture) so make no mistake – we will hear how it ultimately shakes down.

I want the news cycle on this to stop now. I don’t want main stream media to go through the process of uncovering and over exposing all the ins and outs of the gender acceptance programming at this country club. I want to remain thinking this country club is saying, “Yeah, you’re a chick so you can’t do what you’ve always done.”

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the gender exclusionary policy is a good one, but I also know if this country club said, “Bruce you’ve been a member forever, why wouldn’t you be able to come in?” that would be far more upsetting to me because it would completely disregard Caitlyn’s gender identity.

So there are layers to this. The country club accepting Caitlyn’s gender identity. Society accepting Caitlyn’s gender identity. … Country clubs ceasing to exclude women when women play golf as well. So we have to be sad about being happy with the start of the country club accepting Caitlyn Jenner’s identity, but at least the country club is accepting Caitlyn Jenner’s identity.

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