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#CaitlynJennerHoax

When I read the headline, “Caitlyn Jenner Doesn’t Want to Be a Woman Anymore” I immediately read the article, then googled the headline to see how any other sources were available on the topic. There were a few. I read a couple and posted to Facebook, “Sacks of Shit Don’t Have Genders #becarefulwhatyouwishfor #notmyrolemodel” followed by my reference link… A self-admittedly harsh critique.

caitlynjennerI’ll admit it. You got me internet.
When I read the headline, “Caitlyn Jenner Doesn’t Want to Be a Woman Anymore” I immediately read the article, then googled the headline to see how any other sources were available on the topic. There were a few. I read a couple and posted to Facebook, “Sacks of Shit Don’t Have Genders #becarefulwhatyouwishfor #notmyrolemodel” followed by my reference link… A self-admittedly harsh critique.

It was only several minutes later that a couple friends (whom I haven’t spoken to in years) corrected me and informed me that this was yet another hoax running rampant on social media. Sheepishly, I removed my scathing post and sent a private thank-you message to my informants for filling me in.

I really did want to believe the story was true. Even before I could validate the truthfulness of the story, I was already forming words to say in response. I don’t presume to be an expert on the topic of transsexuality. I can’t begin to understand what that experience is like. I’ve stopped trying to wrap my brain around it because I don’t think I need to fully understand it to fully respect it. Transgendered individuals have my utmost respect and I’m in awe of their bravery and strength. However, I’ve never perceived Caitlyn Jenner to be anything other than another self-serving Kardashian who seems to need convincing that she is, in fact, a part of the LGBT community (not to mention the whole manslaughter unpleasantness).

Perception is a funny thing. It makes us jump to conclusions before a conclusion is warranted. They exist deep within us without us really knowing they are there. They define our reactions to the world around us, to the news and stories we read, to the stores we enter and products we buy. Perception often dictates the kind of experiences we allow ourselves to have. They are also incredibly difficult to change. This doesn’t deter, however, mega-corporations like McDonald’s from spending millions yearly to make you believe that their food is real.

Suffice it to say, I’ve learned a valuable lesson today: Before I fly off the handle and commit to believing information from less than credible sources, I’ll ask myself “How much do my perceptions have to do with my willingness to believe the story?”

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Caleb McMullen

Written by Caleb McMullen

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheatreisforSuckers.com

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