Just as the transgender experience is beginning to be normalized in American culture, it will be swept up with the ultimate symbol of abnormality and dysfunction: the Kardashian family. If what the transgender movement seeks is acceptance; association with the Kardashian circus is the last thing it needs. While television can help normalize the lives of marginalized people, it also can exploit their hardships and reinforce stereotypes, reducing their lives to mere entertainment.I must wholeheartedly disagree. I think Bruce Jenner, being the highest profile person ever to make the transition, and being associated as he is with the Kardashian franchise, the ultimate pop-cult sensation, could be the best thing to ever happen to the "trans" movement.
That said, Jenner identifies as a "conservative Republican," which, in southern California, makes him a real freak: SoCal-ers can tolerate the I'm-a-chick shtick no problemo, but owning up to the Republican thing--now, that could very well turn him into a pariah.
Update: Bruce Jenner transgender series coming to E! this summer
Update: Transgender toddlers