Caitlyn Jenner Says Gender Reassignment Surgery Was ‘Not As Bad As You Think’
Caitlyn Jenner is ready to open up a bit about her reassignment surgery.
The Olympian knows people are curious, and she is doing her best to navigate the topic. During an interview on Thursday with Larry King, Caitlyn said, “I understand that people are fascinated by that kind of stuff.”
The Olympian went on to explain why she has doesn’t usually talk about it. She said, “[It’s] out of respect. Not just for me — because those things are very personal, wouldn’t you agree?” she asked Larry. “And just because you’re trans doesn’t mean that you have to ask every question.”
When Larry commented that he thought the surgery “would be tough,” Caitlyn’s response was surprising. “It’s not as bad as you think. I’ll go with that.”
The 67-year-old elaborated, saying, “It’s not quite as bad as you think, but most trans women do not have surgery. It’s only about I think 32 percent,” explaining that the high cost of the procedure is a major factor. Caitlyn says the surgery doesn’t always feel necessary to people. She added, “…and what’s between your legs doesn’t define who you are.” While pointing to her head, she continued, “It’s about what’s here. And a lot of them, to be honest with you, like their old parts.”
Caitlyn first revealed that she had undergone the reassignment surgery in January in her memoir, The Secrets of My Life, and she has no regrets. In reference to the procedure she called “complex,” she wrote, “The surgery was a success, and I feel not only wonderful but liberated.”