By David T. Valentin
In the August/September issue of AARP’s, or the American Association of Retired Persons, Jamie Lee Curtis discussed her youngest daughter is trans.
During her discussion, titled metamorphosis in the interview, Jamie Lee Curtis discusses how, after she had overcome drug addiction, she went on to read A LOT.
After she had overcome drug addiction Curtis, she raised her two children and “started doing a whole lot of reading.” She notes a tiny voice in her head that kept asking her, If not now, when? If not me, who? Basically coming to the realization that she was in her 50’s, Curtis realized that life is finite and the time we have in this life to impact the world around us is limited.
In her readings she stumbled upon a quote by E.L. Doctorow, an American novelist, editor, and professor, who once said, “When ideas go unexamined and unchallenged for a long time, they become mythological and very, very powerful. They create conformity. They intimidate.”
Reflecting on Doctorow’s words, Curtis said, “If something’s not working and we don’t look at it, rip it down and start again, then we’re perpetuating the same intimidating force that Doctorow was talking about.”
And in Curtis’ journey to reexamining of the world she knows; she has realized gender to be more fluid than she once believed. She shares with AARP, with her daughter Ruby’s permission, she “[has] watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby. And she and her fiancé will get married next year at a wedding that I will officiate.”
She did not elaborate any further on her journey in reexamining her ideas of gender, but perhaps with Ruby’s permission we will be seeing some adorable photographs released to the public.
You can read the interview in its entirety here.