While much has been written about the public transition of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner, it’s worth reflecting on the meaning of this moment within the larger context of our world’s evolution.
The way I see it, we are just now beginning to cross a critical threshold in the evolution of our planet, which involves shifting from a long era of masculine predominance to masculine-feminine balance.
The last era was about more than just males holding more societal power — it’s really about an era in which masculine values, perspectives, and orientations have held higher status, which means that feminine expressions in men or women have been less honored, rewarded, and culturally supported.
That cultural tilt has fueled, for example, prejudice against gay people, who don’t always align with the classic paradigm of masculinity for males and femininity for females. Transgender folks challenge traditional paradigms of masculinity and femininity at still another level. In that way, they offer a bit of a societal Rorschach for where we are in the journey of equally valuing both masculine and feminine qualities in whatever bodies they emerge in.