Bruce-CaitlynJennerLast week the news has been filled with Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation from a man to a woman, and the Vanity Fair photo shoot.  I’m not sure how you feel about the issue.  Jon Stewart gave a very interesting take on the topic, and it was a very interesting monologue that was a bit different than most of the things we’ve heard from the media.  Jon made some interesting points about how Caitlyn is going to have to get used to how we objectify women.  First Jon begins by being a little surprised at how positive the media has been concerning the transformation. {language warning}

Stewart, “it’s really heartening to see that everyone is willing to not only accept Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, but to waste no time in treating her like a woman.” {He shows clips of news shows discussing Jenner.}

[clip of Fox 5 female anchor talking] “all I can say is ‘Wow!’”

[different female Fox reporter] “so sexy, it hurts!”

[another Fox News reporter] “I got a couple emails from some friends yesterday saying ‘I’m a little jealous.  She looks better than I do.’”

[Fox 5 person] “She looks like a movie star!”

[another woman] “She looks like Rita Hayworth, so glamorous.”

[female voice], “She is stunning.”

[female voice], “She looks beautiful.”

[male voice] “Wow!”

[female voice] “She looks AMAZING!”

[female voice] “Look at that.  That is a hot woman!”

[male voice] “Yes, Caitlyn is hot.”

[male on TMZ] “Is like yes!  sexy, boobs….”

[Stewart makes a face, and imitates a New York Accent], “I mean my brain was like, ‘this is a great milestone for the transgender community, but my penis was all like ‘titty-f***!’”

[Stewart returns to normal voice], “You see Caitlyn.  Caitlyn, when you were a man, we could talk about your athleticism, your business acumen, but now you’re a woman, and your looks are really the only thing we care about.  Which brings us to phase 2 of your transition:  comparative f***-ability.”

[Male on Fox 32], “I think she looks like that chic from American Horror Story.”

[female voice] “Jessica Lang….

[Male voice], “Jessica Lang!”

[female voice] “… who’s hot!”

[male voice], “Do you think Caitlyn is actually hotter than Kris? (Kardashian)”

[female voice on Fox] “Ok, I have to ask the most important question.  Does she have a better body than Kim Kardashian?”

Stewart, “Look!  We want to give a woman a compliment here.  We just need to make sure another woman gets taken down a peg in the process.  It’s how we maintain the balance.

Well, we’re almost all the way there.  Let’s complete the transition.”

[male voice]  “She looks good!  Especially for her age!”

Stewart, “There you go!  Wow!  That’s the caveat we were missing!  Remind her she has an expiration date now!  You came out at 65, you’ve got another 2 years before you become invisible to society!  Better make the most of them.  And you know what?  Since it’s a special day, why don’t we throw in a little slut-shaming with a dash of ‘ah, she’s probably not that hot in person.’”

[Female voice], “what about the outfit?  It’s a white, satin corset, very Playboy bunny-esque.”

[female voice’ “It shows the amazing effects that makeup can have though.”

[male] “Ok, and I’m wondering how much of this is Photo-shopped?  How much of it is airbrushed?”

Stewart, “I mean you take away the corset and the makeup and I don’t know if anyone wants to bang her.  So Caitlyn Jenner, congratulations!  Welcome to being a woman in America.”

What are your thoughts?  What do you think of Jenner’s transition?  What do you think of the media’s objectifying a woman’s looks in general?  (I was surprised how many women in the clips participated in critiquing Jenner’s looks.)

I might also add that Jenner also has semi-Mormon ties.  Jenner attended the RLDS version of BYU, which is called Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.  They’re so proud of him that they named the Bruce Jenner Sports Complex after him, but his Newton high school decided to remove his name from their football stadium back in 2011 because he never responded to their request for financial help of their football stadium.  Should Graceland change the name to Caitlyn Jenner?  If he were Mormon, what would LDS Church leaders do in light of the fact  that we believe “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose”?