Where Has Respect Gone?

Image from SynergyByDesign on Flickr

Image from SynergyByDesign on Flickr

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, came out to us as her “true self” on Monday. She poses on the cover of Vanity Fair, with the headliner “Call me Caitlyn.” She has a Twitter account (@Caitlyn_Jenner) that reached 1 million followers in only 4 hours, faster than the @POTUS account, which took 5 hours to hit 1 million. One of Caitlyn’s earlier tweets: “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.” That was her second tweet only after her Vanity Fair cover and they both got over 250,000 retweets (when I can’t even get more than 5 retweets after having my Twitter for three years).

Those are just the facts about Caitlyn Jenner. Everyone has formed an opinion about her the second they heard the news. Or maybe their opinion formed during the interview with Diane Sawyer, when she was still referring to herself as Bruce. The thing about opinions is EVERYONE has them.

But that’s okay.

It is 1000000000000% okay to have an opinion. I cannot stress that enough. It would not be right if you were not allowed to have an opinion, about anything for that matter.

But you know what really frustrates me? When people’s opinions are so important to them, that they begin to ignore the facts and begin disrespecting other people. Before I say anything more, I am only writing this post because of the amount of disrespect I have seen, whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, or personal blogs/articles.

Refer to the first paragraph if you forget the facts. FACT: Caitlyn Jenner now refers to herself as Caitlyn Jenner. FACT: She said this is her TRUE SELF. FACT: She considers herself a SHE.

Of course, these facts that we know are all just her word on the subject. BUT GUESS WHAT? Her word on the subject is the only one that matters when it is regarding HER.

As a fellow human being with emotions and feelings, I try my hardest to never disrespect anyone, because I know I would never want disrespect to come my way. So why is it so hard to be respectful to Caitlyn, just because you maybe don’t understand/approve of her?

If you don’t think her actions are right, just know that constantly referring to her as a man or with male pronouns is not respectful, when she clearly stated she wishes to be referred to as Caitlyn. If you think her actions are right, please don’t disrespect/shun anyone who doesn’t.

Maybe I am just a dreamer. But I want to live in a world where respect is automatically given, not earned.

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