Help me out here, internets. I'm honestly trying to figure this out. Hand to G-d, I am not trying to put anyone down, downplay anyone's orientation/gender identity/whatever. I'm trying to figure out where we draw the line, if we even do any more.
Bruce Jenner is male. I mean this from a biological/genetic perspective. His genetic code contains an X chromosome and a Y chromosome. This is a biological fact. It has nothing to do with whether or not Jenner identifies as a woman, or if Jenner feels like a woman, or any other feeling at all. Genetically, biologically, Jenner is male.
Now, look. Before anyone gets all butthurt, I don't give a flying rat's patoot what gender Jenner claims. Personally, I think it's an awful lot of hoopla, time, and expense; if this is some bizarre publicity stunt (as some seem to think), then Jenner has some severe psychological issues to address. If not, I accept it as legit, not that it's any of my damn business.
But biologically, Jenner is male. At the end of the day, an analysis of his genome will reveal that, yes, he is male. Period. Full stop.
So, why, then, shouldn't we accept that Rachel Dolezal identifies as black? If all it takes for Caitlyn Jenner to be accepted is her claim that she identifies as a female - flying in the face of the biological evidence to the contrary - why, then, can't Dolezal's claim to identifying as black be true?
From a biological standpoint, if we can ignore the basis for gender in favor of how someone feels or chooses to identify, then isn't it just as valid for race? Shouldn't Dolezal get to choose her race if she honestly identifies as a black woman? It seems to me that we're allowing one form of choosing while denying another.
Now, look. I'll grant there's a growing body of evidence that Dolezal's just a garden-variety fraud, but the question remains. If gender is a social construct, then why not race? Gender at least as identifiable traits and characteristics; race, well, not quite so much. Why are we so quick to accept one form of change but not another?
Again, I really do mean this as an honest question. I don't have a dog in the Jenner hunt; I neither care whether Jenner is male, female, or both, for that matter. I'm not being asked to pay for the surgery; I'm not being forced to participate in any of it; it really, honestly, truly means nothing to me. I don't mean to belittle Caitlyn Jenner in any way, shape, or form; whatever Jenner chooses is Jenner's choice to make and theirs alone. End.
I just reject the ideological inconsistency that says Jenner's choice is inviolate, but Dolezal's is false.
That is all.