Apparently Bruce Jenner is transgender. This was The Biggest News over the weekend during the same news cycle when over 2400 souls perished in Nepal.
Yes, it’s certainly big news when a male Olympic Gold Medalist announces that he is transitioning/has transitioned into she. But it feels a little icky when this story is impacted more by the fact that she is part of a family famous for being famous than the fact that she is an accomplished person in her own right.
In pondering this post during a long drive half-way across the country, I tried the count the number of girl groups I’ve been a part of. I came up with seven: high school cheerleaders, Young Life girl’s small group, Capitol Hill clergywomen’s group, Lex Girls, Writing Revs, Preaching Roundtable, and RevGalBlogPals (whose book you can order right here.) Note: Both men and women are part of RevGalBlogPals but we are described as “a supportive community for clergywomen since 2005.”
Within those groups, there were both gay and straight friends who ran the gamut of traditionally feminine characteristics. Genetically we are all female, but there are variations on how some of us self-identify.
So, what’s the future of “girl groups” in this time of gender fluidity? I’m a big fan of being with people who have similar experiences for support and truth-sharing (e.g. clergywomen who’ve been The First Woman Somebody’s Ever Known.) I love the pep talks of encouragement between women. I love the “heads up” moments.
But I also recognize that there are male colleagues who are excellent supporters and they get it. There are also women with whom I have zero in common except for our chromosomes. Are we (slowly) moving into a time when we will connect with each other based on something deeper than gender?
I frankly don’t know. But I’d love your insights.