Caitlyn Jenner and Holly Woodlawn:
Five Similarities ~ Five Differences

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Caitlyn Jenner and Holly Woodlawn:

Five Similarities ~ Five Differences

 

Holly Woodlawn died yesterday.

It was a front page Obit in the New York Times.

It ran all day… that Obit, it ran all day. This death was apparently considered a death of note, a real Societal loss… and it ran with a picture at all times.

A picture

The New York Times doesn’t do that often… place pictures in mid page, midline Obits like that. Usually those Obits are just a type blurb or blurt, a headline in a thin rule black box mid page… along with other stories of midline interest and midline popular worth.

But this Obit was deemed important and of some added worth apparently… so the article had prominence, depth…and a picture, all of which Holly deserved…

All of it.

But sad, a tad, am I…

Sad…

All of present-day America should be somewhat sad too.

America should be in mourning for Holly like we’ve just lost a true resource, a real cultural icon, like we’ve lost someone who’d really done some notable stuff… perhaps someone like even a minor former President, like a Gerald Ford maybe, or like Jimmy Carter to come.

More like what will go on with Jimmy I would think… no one liked Ford when he was President and no one thought much of him when he died… Gerald Ford was remembered for what he did in pardoning Richard Nixon and for his role in the end of the Watergate scandal… but Ford wasn’t honored for what he embodied as President.

Indeed, neither Ford nor Jimmy got any credit for being President while they were President… none. In fact when Jimmy was President, Jimmy was hated… It was after he was President that Jimmy, his work, his ideology, his core beliefs, his life, were idolized.

All of that acclaim came after Jimmy was President…

After…

Like with Holly

Just like with Holly

Exactly the same things went down there.

Holly was disdained and ridiculed by the masses in Traditional American Society while rising to stardom and gaining notoriety back in her day of fame. And Holly was given no consequence of thought until after her glory days had faded and old age set in.

Holly and her work, her oeuvre were honored over the passage of time and always in retrospect…

Never in her moment…

Only in retrospect…

And now Holly’s dead with an Obit and a picture on the front page of the New York Times

The front page of the NEW YORK TIMES… with a PICTURE!

Holly on the front page of the most respected, influential, and powerful newspaper in America…

That same respected, influential, and powerful newspaper that didn’t print the word “gay” anywhere in it’s pages until 1987 when Holly was 41 years old and already tres passé…

How sad it must have been for Holly to watch her life and its accomplishments deteriorate in to societal nothingness.

To be ignored…

How sad it must have been for Holly to see her life derided and disdained while alive and she was achieving her limited call to self-fulfillment and personal greatness… And how sad for Holly to then bask in a lonely personal, solitary afterglow as all of American humankind (and the NEW YORK TIMES) finally woke up to the depth of her very raison d’être`

Later…

How sad…

Poor Holly

May she rest in peace…

But back to Caitlyn… and to Holly, in life…

Yes…

Back to Caitlyn and Holly and those similarities, and those differences… let me count the ways… I begin with:

 

The Similarities:,

1: Obviously both Caitlyn and Holly were born male.

2: Obviously both Holly and Caitlyn suffered from Gender confusion and considered themselves to be female and not the male physical sex they were born.

3: Both Caitlyn and Holly avoided transgender surgery and kept there wee-wee parts intact.  Holly lived her entire life as a Man in Drag as Caitlyn mostly, purportedly, does now. And as Rupaul has done for so long… A life in DRAG for Holly all of the days she lived… and for Ru mostly (as Ru does don a man’s suit and tie (although I think that’s just another form of DRAG for him/her sometimes…).

I don’t have a clue as to Ru’s position on her wee-wee… (I once saw Ru at a benefit and be-gowned and be-sequined as she finished a song she screamed out:

“FREE WILLY…”

So I assume Ru had back then, and still has, that wee-wee part… and no matter…

No matter at all…

As this isn’t about Ru and her drag, but about Caitlyn and Holly… and they are both with wee-wee still.

4: Holly was a big time Media personality. And Holly reveled in all of the Media attention, the news stories, the movies, the scandals as she lived her life daily… Just as Caitlyn revels in all of that same stuff today…

5: Both Caitlyn and Holly used the Media to publicize and personalize their conditions, their emotional plights, their confusions, and their travels to get wherever it was they were going…

And yes…

The Media was there for Holly… the Media was there for all of her exploits with Andy Warhol,  for all of those exploits with “film superstar” Joe Dallesandro, and for the whole of the tumult that was the goings on at The Factory back then

Yes…

The Media was there for the Different, the Deviant and the Outré… just as the Media is there today for the salacious scandal that makes up every moment of Caitlyn’s personal upheaval, angst, and transition… The Media is there for all that goes on in the Kardashian love fest that is life with Caitlyn, Kim, Kayne, Khloe, Lamar, and Kris

The Media is there for every Morsel

Each and every morsel…

And now for those Differences…

 

The Differences:

1: Caitlyn was accomplished, famous and a long time Media personality for years, for a generation even, before she questioned her gender publicly, let alone revealed her personal sexual personality quandary to her adoring fans.

Not so Holly

Holly was unknown and alone through it all.

Caitlyn FAMOUS and with tons of support… Holly a nobody and alone…

2: Holly did what she did when few had done it before.

Caitlyn did what she did with a parade of trailblazing others bulldozing the road and creating a proven lifestyle path of success before her… a path showing Caitlyn the way.

A case can be made (and I’m making it… that Caitlyn merely MERCHANDISED her confusion, dysfunction (sic), DESIRES and her situation, for attention and MONEY…

Holly however, was one of those original Trailblazers.

Holly was a true forerunner of what was to be.

Sure there had been one or two Transgender peoples before Holly, and some were famous… Christine Jorgensen for one… But these were people of derision to the masses, these were persons doing the unheard of, the bizaar, these were not trailblazers, these were not personal icons, or role models.

They were just odd… Freak-Show anomalies…

And then came Holly… And Holly is suddenly famous in a flash. Holly a thing of beauty made famous in song by an outlier of modern rock and roll. Holly made famous by a famous, revered penultimate musical iconHolly made famous for simply living a life as no one publicly had lived a life before.

Holly

Holly made famous by Lou Reed on his second album in 1972:

Walk On The A Wild Side

“Holly came from Miami F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side,
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side.”

 

“Take a walk on the wild side…”

And Holly Did…

And Holly was, and Holly did, make a lifestyle, a gender choice… FAMOUS!

Caitlyn on the other hand is doing that same “Walk” some 50 or 60 years after Holly strode the World’s stage…

Yeah…

Caitlyn is doing the entire Drag/Transgender “walk” a full half century after it was started and Caitlyn is strolling the path with 100’s of successful role models before her… again think of that Jorgensen woman, Holly herself with Warhol, those other female denizens of The Factory, Candy Darling, those Greenwich Village “girls” at The Stonewall in 1969, the Victor/Victoria silliness of movie fame, and the even sillier Rupaul… of today.

And now it’s devolved in to Caitlyn

Poor Holly

3: Caitlyn makes money off of everything she does…  a lot of money…

Holly made nothing…

Holly turned tricks back then to barely survive. This was real life to Holly, not a media event… and Holly had to survive.

So Holly turned tricks…

Real life…

But back to Caitlyn:

Money, Money, Money… as Kander and Ebb wrote in “Cabaret”:

“Money…Money

Money makes the world go around…

the world go around
…the world go around.
Money makes the world go around
It makes the world go ’round.
 

 

A mark, a yen, a buck or a pound
…a buck or a pound
…a buck or a pound.
Is all that makes the world go around
That clinking, clanking sound…
Can make the world go ’round”

 

Money, money, money, money
Money, money, money, money
Money, money, money..

 

“Sing out” Caitlyn

Holly didn’t have a clue about using the Media for money… or a sou to spend.

And it’s interesting that in the 1960’s and 1970’s as Holly came on the scene, men would pay money to have sex with a Holly Woodlawn

Interesting item that…

I can’t posit a scenario where a present day man would have sex with Caitlyn.

I just can’t posit that.

Indeed… Caitlyn by her own admission, in her own AND OFTEN REPEATED words doesn’t want to have sex with men….

EVER!

Here’s the essence of Caitlyn’s position in a headline from the August 9, 2015 TMZ post:

“CAITLYN JENNER

One Thing Hasn’t Changed… I STILL ONLY LIKE GIRLS!”

Yup… Caitlyn still only likes girls… so she’s a Lezbo…

Le-be-shen…

Lezbenese…

A muff diver…

A fish eater…

A lesbian…

Yup…

Caitlyn ain’t going to bed with no man…

CAITLYN AIN’T GAY!

Unlike Holly who liked a lot of dick…

Caitlyn don’t want no dick… she’s straight you know. Caitlyn’s said it over and over and over again… just like those quotes above… just like that headline, but…

Caitlyn says she really “is” a woman in her mind…

But Caitlyn doesn’t want to sleep with men, Caitlyn ain’t GAY… so no sex with men for her.

NONE!

Sex just with women.

So unlike HollyCaitlyn is a Lesbian.

A Lesbian

Caitlyn is a Lesbian

I find it humorous… very.

Very…

And confusing…

I would want Caitlyn, or any individual to be happy with whoever they think they are as a person, sexually and otherwise. I would want them to have no confusion, shame or angst on any level. I would want them to be who they are and exist in life, in America… or anywhere else on this Planet, with pleasure, equal rights, and protection under the LAW

And since it’s Holiday time…

“Tis the season”… “Goodwill to man” or Woman, or whatever

But seriously… I want that “peace” and security for all.

I WOULD WANT THAT FOR ALL.

ALL!

NOW…

But Caitlyn seems to be doing this for money and attention and not for cause.

You should see the teasers that are turning up about the possibility of Caitlyn dating “Guy’s” in the future. You should see the teaser comments in the tabloid newsfeeds on how Caitlyn’s “Docuseries” Producers want to emphasize that storyline possibility. It’s all on the same Google search page as that TMZ headline… that very same page… but you look it up… I’m done here.

Done…

Caitlyn is in it for attention, money and self-aggrandizement.

Holly did it because it was who Holly was.

You go girl…

You go

Go…

4: Caitlyn has a stylist…

Holly created her own style.

And usually Holly wore her own clothes in front of the camera… There was never any discussion of what to wear, what clothes to pick with Andy Warhol or anyone else on the set. How unlike the video moments saved for all posterity where Caitlyn and Kim… and Khloe… mull fashion choices, nail polish colors, and lipstick shades and then decree, which items are acceptable, and which are not.

And America watches…

America watched Holly too… but Holly was being watched for the style she’d created for herself…

5: Caitlyn has scriptwriters…

Holly wrote her own lines for many of her films and usually spoke only her own words.

 

I could go on… there are so many more differences… And I’m pretty sure I can come up with some more similarities too…

More…

But I’m sad…

I’m too sad to go on with this.

And I have multiple other things to go on to soon…

I mean someone out there is dressing The Donald, Donald Trump and I would want to comment on that. And there has to be a scriptwriter in attendance too… Someone has to be responsible for what’s said by The Donald, just like with Caitlyn’s “Docuseries”… “I am Cait…” … there has to be someone responsible for the words that come out of The Donald’s mouth just as someone is responsible for those same foul utterances by Caitlyn, Kim, Kayne, Khloe and Kris.

There has to be…

No?

And what of Ted Cruz and his hair…

No… there’s more to this… so much more.

America… WAKE UP!

I’m so sad.

And Holly as she reviewed her life once said:

“I felt like Elizabeth Taylor…” 

“Little did I realize that not only would there be no money, but that your star would flicker for two seconds and that was it.

But it was worth it, the drugs, the parties; it was fabulous.”

(As told to The Guardian in 2007, Holly recalling her time in the spotlight…)

Poor Holly

May she rest in peace…

You go girl…

GO!

So…

Caitlyn Jenner and Holly Woodlawn: Five Similarities ~ Five Differences

Go Holly

GO!

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