The American Media Is a Sexist Shitshow. Welcome, Caitlyn Jenner.

Caitlyn Jenner’s public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair on Monday has been largely greeted with applause for her bravery. But as others have pointed out, much of the media’s praise was also paired with unending comments about Jenner’s new physical attributes, including her “ample cleavage” and beautiful hair. This is particularly troublesome considering, as actress Laverne Cox wrote on her personal Tumblr soon after, Jenner’s physical transformation is a far cry from what most in the trans community experience, many of whom don’t have the medical access or financial support to undergo similar transformations.

Jon Stewart addressed exactly this on the Daily Show last night with a series of cringeworthy examples of the media repeatedly dropping comments about her beautiful new look.

“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 said.

 

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