This is something that has been talked about by many on social media for some time, but there has been quite a bit more chatter lately (pre and post espy). So this seems a good time to explore this situation.
My answer to the question is yes. Was it deserving of such an award? Honestly I am not really sure. Like the transition she went though, I am neither for or against, and over all, don’t care. Its pop culture, which is notmally outside of my area of interest.
That is, except when people say idiotic things or make idiotic claims. All of the above in this case. But lets start with some background.
ESPN presented Caitlyn with the Arthur Ashe Courge Award for, well, it should be apparent. It takes a lot of balls (forgive me) to make the decision to go from an uber masculine outward apperance, to the complete reverse. This is a huge decision for ANYONE. Let alone someone with millions of people that follow or envy them for their old unfitting self. No matter how friendly the current societal climate is to social issues of all kinds, this is a huge decision.
So, again, I consider her very courageous. And a great example for anyone else that may feel like they are in her position. I mean, if Bruce Jenner was able to overcome all the challenges in embracing Caitlyn, then almost anyone can do it. For this alone, she is invaluable to the GLBTQ+ movement (+ = anything else now added).
But many people do not see this as courageous. To many of these people, to be courageous involves, saving lives or some other similar experience. People like firefighters are more deserving. Or even a person (child?) battling cancer (an example I head somewhere).
While this argument could be made, its a silly one. Because there are many diffrent kinds of courage, and many ways to be courageous. For example, a teacher taking a bullet in saving their students from harm, is an act of extreme courage. But no one is making this the standard. That would be ridiculous.
But so is tying the word only to things like saving life or self sacrifice. Though there is no formula for deciding who is or is not courageous, overcoming personal obstacles should not be excluded as factors.
And now we move on to, the meme that prompted this entry.
I got this from Facebook, from a hockey fans page (big surprise). The comment I left around 12 or so hours on the image has yet to be answered, so I think I ticked off quite a few people. Fine by me :).
What did I say? I will explore.
I started using an airline pilot metaphor (seems appropriate, since ive been watching a lot of mayday latley).
If the pilots of a plane manage to land a severly damaged jet and save the 300 passengers on board, that could be called a courageous act. Is what Caitlyn Jenner did, less courageous?
The pilots of China Airlines flight 006 pulled put of a 30,000 foot dive with barly 10,000 feet to spare, in a 747. That was one HELL of a feat, considering that such a situation was (and likley still IS) considered irrecoverable.
By that standard, then no, what Caitlyn did was by no means courageous. But also by that standard, a great many “courageous” people, may not be. Like a forefighter that never saved anyone from a fire.
Courage takes many different forms.
Now, THAT was not what I figure ticked off the facebook people (note that everything after “China Airlines 006” was not on facebook. It seemed a good example to use in this post, hence its utilization).
It was likley the part where I said that getting up and wanting to get back into a hockey game after cardiac arrest was less courageous then it is stupid. Yeah, I went there.
Look at it rationally. You can get up and finish one game, but risk death or permanent injury. Or you can get the help you need, and enjoy many games.
Yeah, I didn’t expect anything more then negative commentary or “Fuck You!”. That is what you get when you mess with a persons religion (which is what hockey is for a lot of Canadians). But even if the reception may not be welcoming, its good to call these things out.
As if I need a reason to rag on sports . . .