It is being reported today on CBS News and other sources that Caitlyn Jenner has made whispers of “sex change regret” and may transition back to Bruce within the next few years. A “long time friend” has volunteered that Caitlyn “has found the transition very hard” and that “it hasn’t been easy” for Caitlyn.
“She’s been thrilled she has raised awareness about how transgender people have long been discriminated against, but I think there’s a chance she’ll de-transition in the next couple of years. I don’t think it would surprise anybody in her inner circle. It has been much harder than she anticipated. My heart goes out to her and I know her true friends will be there to support her on whatever path she chooses.”
In a Vanity Fair article, Caitlyn was supposedly shocked after her facial feminization surgery and wondered, “What did I just do?”
It has also been reported that Caitlyn is still into women, despite claims that now Caitlyn may be into guys. She was after all married to three women and fathered six children as Bruce Jenner.
Caitlyn’s agent immediately denied all of these reports indicating that she has no intention of re-transitioning to a man.
I yawned over my coffee while reading the vacuous celebrity commentary.
I yawned until I contemplated the obsession with these issues on the left; the gay left in particular, for whom the word magnanimity seems unknown, even in the wake of stunning successes.
This is a time when gay people can be married in 50 states, even as working-class families are hanging by a thread. It’s a period in which we have become far more aware of the historic injustices that still haunt African-Americans and yet no one on the left save Bernie addresses the desperate plight of today’s white working class. Most on the left treat it as an afterthought. And so late-stage capitalism is creating a righteous anger that late-stage democracy has precious little ability to moderate or constrain — and has actually helped exacerbate.
Enter Donald Trump.
I recently read a post by a black writer I respect – an authentic black voice. The writer was enraged by how quickly the U.S, Justice Department sued the State of North Carolina over their recent bathroom legislation – but rarely acted when a cop shot a black kid or to protect voting rights.
“Not one word has been said about suing police forces all across this shithole for filling Black bodies full of holes. Not one goddamn word has been said about suing the goddamn ‘white supremacist’ groups that foster hate all across this shithole to the point where white shits fill Black churchgoers full of bullet holes and get treated to a ‘Whopper’ of a meal at Burger King before being escorted to jail. Not one goddamn word has been said about suing every motherfucking state in the south and elsewhere that is consistently attempting to keep Black people from the polls. Not one goddam word has been said about suing every damn police force and the ‘legal’ system, otherwise known as the ‘Injustice System’ for chronic, systemic and endemic racism! Not one goddamn word has been said about suing the military for fucking poor people up, rendering them mentally ill and homeless when they come back from killing folks in the Middle East and elsewhere. And the goddamn list is endless. But to hell with that shit! We’ve got bigger fish to fry! We have got to make sure that some motherfucking man that couldn’t live another day as a man, changed his ‘sex’ and so now he should get to use the ‘ladies’ room and let’s all just join hands and praise this creature for his honesty and integrity in finding his new ‘identity.”
“We have got children in homeless shelters. We have got seniors who are choosing food over their medicines. We have got innocent people cooling their heels in ‘for profit’ prisons. We have got a ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline. We have got gentrification running unchecked throughout this hellhole rendering people, homeless. We have got poisoned children in Flint, MI and elsewhere, poisoned by the goddamn water. We have got millions of Black people being denied the right to vote because they were felons, served their time and still, they cannot vote. We have got children in Detroit MI who have no water. We have got Black children getting gunned down and murdered in parks. We have got Black women getting escorted out of hospitals, only to die on the steps of the hospital or at the jail where they were taken AFTER having sought care for critical illnesses. We have got a Black woman who was found mysteriously hanged in a Texas jail and ain’t a goddamn thing wrong with that because we are going to concentrate our attention on a ‘transgender bathroom sign’. We are going to sue for some confused transgender motherfucker because THAT is the biggest goddamn problem we are facing today!! Goddamn it! Shut the fuck up over this gay rights bullshit SHIT already!!! It ain’t ALL about you!!!!”
So much for some true feelings on the efficacy of the Department of Justice and the relative importance of “issues”.
I never was a supporter of the “new left” in the 1960s. I opposed the Vietnam War even though I served four years in the Army. The new left of the time made one critical mistake – they forgot the working class. Folks like my dad; 8th grade education, union man, who busted his ass all of his life and died of lung disease at 56. The new left was never there for him and those like him. Once the college kids got out of the draft they went home and sat on the couch.
And those lower class whites whom they ignored voted for Richard Nixon by the millions – they were the old “silent majority.”
Today the “left” continues to see the white working class not as allies but primarily as bigots, misogynists, racists, and homophobes, thereby condemning those often at the near-bottom rung of the economy to the bottom rung of the culture as well. A struggling white man in the heartland is now told to “check his privilege” by elite students at Ivy League colleges.
And so they wait, and they steam, and they lash out. This was part of the emotional force of the tea party: not just the advancement of racial minorities, gays, and women but the simultaneous demonization of the white working-class world, its culture and way of life. Obama never intended this, but he became a symbol to many of this cultural marginalization.
The less educated working classes will never be allied with the left so long as their morals are roundly mocked, their religion deemed primitive, and their economic prospects decimated; indeed the very way they talk about reality is described as a kind of problem for the nation to overcome.
The left lost the working man a long time ago. It is condescending and sounds like privileged Ivy Leaguers telling the po’ common folk what is good for them and how ignorant they are.
Our “left” seems so much more concerned by the issues I consider marginal than by the increasing income inequality and the plight of the working man. Which is one of the reasons so many working class white men, hanging on by a thread, are backing a billionaire. Trump will pay lip service to gay and transsexual rights when he is the nominee. Why not? It doesn’t cost the billionaire class anything.
I don’t feel sorry for Caitlyn. Never did. The rich never suffer indignities. I’m old enough to remember Christine Jorgensen. She never made the cover of Vanity Fair.
It is time for the left to put aside marginal social issues and return to it’s roots – easy to find – it’s the old left. Good advice if it wants to win back the working man. As far as the gay left, the black writer said it best – It ain’t all about you. It is time to support a broader agenda.
And Hillary is not the one to lead the way back.