When Bruce Jenner officially announced his transition to a woman the reactions were mixed. Ordinary people and celebrities busily expressed their opinions on social media.
Being in the public eye is not a new thing for Jenner since during her athletic career she earned a gold medal in the Olympics, but this transition has been difficult as it was a huge change and there were a lot of mixed opinions. Some supported her decision as brave, while others strongly opposed the idea of Kim Kardashian’s stepfather changing his gender. In November 2015 she was awarded The Woman of The Year by Glamour Magazine. It stirred up a lot of controversies as not everyone supported the idea of giving a transgender this award. Because of the controversy Glamour Magazine finally stripped her of the award and gave it to someone else.
Even kids have their own reactions and we can learn from what they voice. First, the filmmakers showed the kids a picture of Jenner taken during the Olympics in 1976. The children described him as a strong, muscular sportsman. Then, there was the second one. It was Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover after the transition. Kids described the photo as a woman with self-confidence who looked happy and calm. After that, the kids were told that they are the same person. The reactions of the kids were excellent. They seemed more open and accepting than many adults.
They Didn’t Believe it.
Although it was a little difficult for kids to grasp the concept of being transgender, their comments were more focused on all the positive things they could see in the pictures. At first, they were unable to believe that the pictures were of the same person because they clearly look so different. One of the kids even said that it was not possible for a boy to turn into a girl. Even though the concept of a boy turning into a girl was hard for them to grasp, they managed to see the good things in both pictures. There were no critical remarks and they only pointed out positives like strong arms, confident, happy etc.
They Finally Accepted the Fact.
Once the kids were told that the pictures were of the same person their opinions did not change. They were accepting of both pictures even though they had little understanding of the transgender concept. They showed that they are more broad-minded than some adults. One of the girls voiced her opinion by saying that whoever she wants to be is up to her. One kid also said that if now that’s what she is, it is fine.
Next, the filmmakers showed one of the positive tweets about Jenner’s transformation, and the opinion of kids was that
they understood and had more empathy than we think. One girl said that they might feel compassionate for her situation.
After that, kids were shown some negative tweets about Jenner, and their reaction to those was also surprising. The kids were able to empathize with Jenner and did not seem happy about the negative comments.
They Looked Scared.
One of them stated that some people with nasty points of view about Jenner were too afraid of changing themselves while one of the boys voiced the most important message- the importance of being yourself. He said if you are unable to be your true self then you are lost because you do not know who you are.
The moral of the story is that kids can accept differences in society. Transgender people are human beings just as we are. The opinion of kids was honest and held no prejudice. It shows us how people are sometimes molded by society into small-minded, judgmental beings. It is time we learn from kids to be tolerant and more accepting.