caitlyn jenner is redefining reality in 'i am cait'
doing it right
Photo by James White for E!
Caitlyn Jenner’s eight-part docu-series on E! opens up with Jenner wondering whether she’s “doing it right.” She hasn’t slept, she’s bare-faced, and she is, for the most part, emotionally exposed.
Doing it right: It’s a question that she’s thrown out into the abyss before and one that quietly hovers over the pilot episode’s 60-minutes or so. Jenner understands that she’s in a unique position as a trans woman. She doesn’t pretend that she hasn’t been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and the resources to go undergo various surgical procedures, unlike a staggering amount of transgendered people. She’s also aware that there is the whole Kardashian media machine, which brings an extreme amount of visibility. This has brought with it its fair share of naysayers, but also an incredible amount of support and love. It’s no wonder Jenner feels the pressure to “do it right;” the whole world is watching her; it has been for decades.
Whereas Bruce had felt oppressed and tried to diffuse into the background, Caitlyn has embraced the attention, as it brings her a platform to do some good. It would be hard to say that she hasn’t been anything short of transparent during this new chapter of her life. But this series isn’t just about her personal transition, it’s about how her journey affects those around her and how being trans has affected others.