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How Do I Explain Caitlyn Jenner?





"Aunty Nwando why does this woman sound like a man? Is she a man?" My baffled six year old nephew asked. 

... Fed up with watching Paw Patrol and Dora the Explorer, I decided that I also deserved to watch what I wanted to watch and began to channel surf. I paused at E for a moment, long enough to watch the ad for I Am Cait. That was the first time I was seeing the ad/preview for the former Bruce Jenner's new sitcom. That was also the first time it occurred to me that they could change her cheek bones, they could change her lips, they could change her breast size, they could change her hair, but they could not change her voice. As I wondered how one could confidently convince oneself that they're now a woman in a voice so masculine and gravelly, my nephew broke into my thoughts and asked. 

I wasn't surprised when he did. From the minute it started he left his toy automobile and squinted at the TV, trying to figure out what he was seeing. Lord let him lose interest, I prayed. God must have been busy handling other matters. I watched Caitlyn and thought to myself this is one unattractive woman! The skin on her face brings to mind the surface of a scouring brush, unfortunately one can't have skin replacement... I heard him say something about looking at the world around and one day he will be (seen as) normal. Then one of his very supportive daughters said, without much conviction, "you are normal", to which he assented; "I am the new normal"

Taaaah! Bruce biko mechi onu gi. Shataaaaap! Big breasts and long hair do not a woman make.

I have been indifferent and accepting of people's diverse individualities and challenges, including the transsexuals. But it does worry me, this "new" normal, this brave "new" world. One in which a little child struggles to comprehend things they normally shouldn't have to comprehend. 

I've always encouraged my nephews to ask questions and more questions. I admire curiousity in kids and I encourage them to ask once something isn't quite clear. The arrogance of me! I'd always presumed I would have answers to any question someone so young could possibly ask. 

But how does one answer "Why does she sound like a man?" When asked by a little child?

For a few seconds I struggled to decide whether to explain what happened (too long and would only lead to too many more questions, which I was very sure I wouldn't have answers to) or lie (unfortunately I couldn't think of any plausible lie, kids these days are too smart for cheap lies.), I eventually pretended not to hear him and changed the channel. 


And that's why I'm asking for your help today. How do you explain Caitlyn Jenner to a six year old? How do you answer "why does this woman sound like a man? Is she a man?" And how to we preserve the (old) normal?



Ps, I dunno if it's me or if it's because of the Jenner/Kardashian clan. I empathized with transgenders like Chaz Bono and even Laverne Cox, every though I tend to agree with the good doctor who says this is a mental disorder. But I can't shake the feeling that this Bruce Jenner man is just an attention seeker milking this situation and making millions by the week... 

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  1. Maybe,it's about time you accept him too because it's really messing you up. Lol
    I don't think it's all about attention for him because as said his ex wives knew he wanted to be a woman. It's just so baffling at that age and with 3 ex wives already.
    Nwado please accept him...hehehe

    As for answering a 6years old...
    We do have women who have voices like that of men and vice versa so I'll tell him that tell him "My "Chindren" he's a woMAN that's going to keep having the voice of a MAN because that's the voice sHE was given...some men talk like women and some women talk like men" ...Cleary,I just told a 6year old the TRUTH...abi I lie?

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    1. I accepted Caitlyn as Caitlyn but when I heard her speak I said "wait, this is Bruce Jenner!". Hahaha. Poor man, wonder what he's going to do about that voice now.

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    2. So when asked by the 6 year old you'll say "let me write down my answer"? Because saying out the words you've written sounds like a confusing lie.

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  3. the media has succesfully stuffed this family down our throats. first Kim, then the entire Kardashians, then the Jenner clan, and now this person.
    I think the response you gave him was the best. well done. the less time spent dwelling on mediocrity, the more free time to focus on things that matter.

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    1. Exactly my thoughts...
      As much as I don't have Lil kids around me, I still deliberately stay off channels that could mess my mind up... One time I watched "Happily Never After" & I couldn't sleep! So I stopped watching...

      Really though, there's NO logical answer to such question from a 6yrs old. Pretending not to hear him & hoping he forgets while making sure his little mind will never come across such Useless TV content is Best!
      As for me, I'm done with ALL reality shows. Let me stick to Wendy Williams for updates.

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  4. Yep! I second that wendy williams part...lol*i jist love that woman*.

    As for me I pray I don't find my self in the same situation as yours. I tried explaining it to my neighbour's 14 year old and she was left more confused than before. So I can do without answering such questions and especially from little kids.

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    1. I soooo do not like that woman! Sooo uncouth and.. ha! I can't stand her! But I watch her show sometimes sha...


      "Big breasts and long hair do not a woman make." and this right here my sister is the truth!
      New normal kor... that professor is sooo spot on! this can only be mental disorder! Mstchewww! Orishirishi!

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    2. She talks too much! And she looks like a transgender to me shaa. Maybe it's bcos of the numerous plastics and cosmetics done...plus her voice. Anyway, every Mallam to his kettle.

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    1. Tell him the truth. He sounds like a man because he is a man. He made himself look like a woman because he said it made him happy. I will conclude by telling him that it's important that we are happy how God created us because he has a purpose for creating us as man or woman.J

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  6. The kardashians and their love for attention.

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  7. Chaz Bono, Cher's daughter, now son.

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