‘Being trans doesn’t make someone immune from criticism’
After being crowned Glamour’s ‘Woman of the Year’ last week, Caitlyn Jenner has been on the receiving end of a lot of shit. One man, refusing to accept that the reality star be celebrated in this way, handed back the same award that had been given years before to his NYPD officer wife posthumously. Since then, social media has been alight with intense criticism over Jenner’s privileged lifestyle and insufficient ‘status’ as a woman.
Rose McGowan was – at one point – one such critic. In a now-deleted Facebook post, the Doom Generation actress ripped into the former Olympian’s acceptance speech; in which she claimed that the hardest part of being a woman was “figuring out what to wear”.
“Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all,” McGowan wrote on Monday. “You want to be a woman and stand with us – well learn us. We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you. You’re a woman now? Well fucking learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege. Woman of the year? No, not until you wake up and join the fight. Being a woman comes with a lot of baggage. The weight of unequal history. You’d do well to learn it. You’d do well to wake up. Woman of the year? Not by a long fucking shot.”
The original post, which saw McGowan get accused of being transphobic, was quickly deleted. Instead, the actress and filmmaker took a quick pause to clarify her earlier argument, with a statement on her Twitter account. “I’d be thrilled to fight alongside Caitlyn,” she wrote last night. “I just want her to know there’s a monumental fight to be had.”
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