Friday, April 24, 2015

"Bruce Jenner: The Interview" on ABC 20-20, 2-hour special, "I am a woman"

Friday night, on a special 2-hour 20-20, ABC aired “Bruce Jenner: the Interview” with Diane Sawyer. 
Jenner explained the story behind his decision to become a woman.  Jenner was a popular Olympic athlete, winning the Decathalon, in the 1970s.  I remember during my own coming of age that he was viewed as a competitive male role model.  He has six biological children and has had a rich family life.  He considered himself a heterosexual male at first, and is still attracted to women during gender change.
The link for the “11 biggest moments” from the interview is here
Jenner explained the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, as "apples and oranges"/ 
Jenner started the hormone treatments and body hair removal, and then stopped for a while whne he became concerned about Biblical teaching, and eventually resumed. She has not yet had formal sexual reassignment surgery. 
Jenner says he is a Republican and a Christian, and see no inconsistencies.  The Washington Times jumped on that.  On the other hand, Vox Media made a lot of the idea that it is easier for a celebrity to change gender than for a person of average means. 
Vanity Fair has a story about the broadcast (“I am a woman”) already, here   CNN had already aired "Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story" about a Navy Seal who became a woman after retirement (Movies blog, Sept. 4, 2014).  

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