What perhaps is disappointing for many women is the extremely conservative way in which Jenner has manifest this identity. Appearing corseted on the front cover of Vanity Fair is hardly a portrayal of a liberated woman: instead it harkens back to a period where gender roles were more entrenched and punishing, for women in particular.
Here is a list of just some of the comments I receive on a daily basis: "OMG. That's a MAN!', "ERR. I'm not going near that", "Go kill yourself!", "You were born a man, so be a man!", "Your mum should be ashamed", "You dirty tranny", "I'm going to smash your face in, watch!", "you're going to hell". The list is endless.
Recently some social media posts have been questioning definitions of heroism and bravery by comparing two pictures, a US world class athlete and a US soldier; a seemingly reasonable comparison of heroes. So why do the posts acknowledge the bravery and heroism of the soldier but ridicule that of the athlete?
Caitlyn Jenner has done a great thing to advance awareness of trans people. Frank Maloney from the boxing world opened eyes with wonderfully honest discussions about becoming Kellie. But what if you don't happen to have a large paid staff or support crew around to help you live as an out transgender person?