What Kind of Sexism Is this? Parents Stop Naming their Kids Caitlyn

by Steve MacDonald

Caitlyn JennerThere are so many sorts of sexism these days it can be difficult to keep up.

Much like the legislative sprawl that leads to your being guilty of breaking some law you never knew about, meaning you are always guilty of something, being a sexist pig is as easy as saying that there are so many sorts of sexism that it can be difficult to keep up.

But what kind of sexism is this?

Bruce Jenner, who liked dressing up as a woman in private decided (perhaps encouraged is a better word) to do so in public. He then chose the name Caitlyn for the Bruce who dresses like a stereotypical (which should also be sexist) woman in public. And now the name Caitlyn has tumbled out of favor.

And not just “Caitlyn.” All its various spellings have plummeted in popularity among parents looking for something to call the spawn of their loins.

A year after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name Caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to Social Security’s annual list of the most popular baby names.

In fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn.

The only thing that might be more benevolently sexist than that–in the context of our new gender-bender landscape–is the insistence that Caitlyn is a “girl’s name” in the first place.

Emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a row. It was followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia and Isabella.

Noah was the top baby name for boys for the fourth year in a row. It was followed by Liam, William, Mason, and James.

If we’re honest about our obsession with sexism and indifference to gender, Emma would be climbing the boy’s chart as quickly as Liam and Mason were the girls. That’s not to say that Emma would be any less inclined to climb on Girls than Liam. It’s none of my business. But that’s not happening. So the LBGTQSJWSIEGHEIL Lobbyists still have a lot of work to do.

Baby name lists and baby names remain mired in antiquity, and it’s not just those privileged whites.  All races are obsessed with biological gender norms.

What a bunch of sexist bigots.

And talk about sexist. Why did Bruce have to change his name at all? He’s clearly been trying to keep up with the Kardashians, and whose to say who got their style from who at this point, but if the bits you were born with mean nothing and the entire world is supposed to bend the knee to whatever name your require regardless of what’s between your legs, then who cares if Bruce calls himself Bruce or Caitlyn?

I guess the parents of children living in the real world care. They don’t want a child named after the gal who won the gold in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

So sue them.

Leave a Comment

  • Ed Naile

    Bruce was born in 1949 when Bruce was the 26th most popular baby name for a boy. There were zero Caitlins in the top 50 names in 1949.
    So it appears Bruce is trying to adopt amore hipster name that the one he would have naturally had at birth. So ageist.
    The name Caitlin has an endless list of variations but the popularity of the name peaked in about 1986. He might be trying to fit in with the Kardashian sisters who are from that era.
    This makes the most sense I can think of about Ms. Bruce Jenner.
    He is so fascinating.

  • I’m much more simple minded than Ed. Upon looking at that picture, a few uncomplimentary thoughts occur:
    He sure makes an ugly broad
    There’s no point putting lipstick on a (male chauvinist) pig.
    You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

    Bruce makes a very overdone and camp stage tranny, in the mold of dame Edna Everage or the comedy duo Hinge and Bracket.

    A woman, he is not, and as a stage act, he will pass his prime soon.

  • Makes sense….
    Cool, hip “parents” (various configurations) named their kids after topical celebrities.

    After the thrill is gone, or the inevitable bubble bursts, the cool. hip folks realize those South Park comedy-ridicule of topical celebrities re-runs are destined to go on for YEARS!
    I’m guessing Heather, patchouli, hillary, dweezel, tawana, flame, pablo, barack, hussain, brad, and trent have dropped off the radar as well.

    • Now, if only “Mohammed” would go out of favor…..

Previous post:

Next post: