‘I Am Cait’: Staging Empathy for Social Change


Reality TV is indelibly formulaic and beholden to its target audiences. It goes without saying that it seems impossible for it to ever truly document reality, and as a genre, it can even surpass surrealist fiction in its dizzying servings of unreality. This notion arises for different reasons than usual when watching I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner’s E! series about embodying her authentic self — the show presents Jenner publicly, and demands (rather politely) that people describe her on her own terms. 
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