Rose McGowan Calls Out Caitlyn Jenner for Sexist Joke During Woman of the Year Acceptance Speech

Caitlyn Jenner recently won Glamour Magazine‘s Woman of the Year award for “Transgender Champion”. This has been pretty controversial. People are responding in interesting ways. There was the guy who angrily sent back the award posthumously given to his wife out of pure transphobia. Actress Rose McGowan, however, has a different issue with Jenner. Apparently, during her acceptance speech for her Woman of the Year award, Jenner joked that the “hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear.”

Ha. Ha. Ha. 

I hope that italicized laughter rang as humorless and dead as I meant it. Jenner might have a whole new closet of new dresses sent to her by Diane Von Furstenberg, but she might want to think about updating her joke repertoire. A lot of the classic jokes about women being vapid, or fat, or making sandwiches, are pretty much only used ironically now.

In a Facebook post which has since been deleted because it’s pretty problematic in spots, McGowan had this to say to Caitlyn Jenner:

Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all. 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 f—king 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 f—king shot.

Calling out a trans person for saying something shitty? Cool. Calling a trans person out for saying something shitty by acting like their identity is invalid? Not cool. Why everyone gotta be like this? McGowan later added:

Let me amend this by saying I’m happy for what she’s doing visibility wise for the trans community, and I’m happy she’s living her truth, but comments like hers have consequences for other women. How we are perceived, what our values are, and leads to more stereotyping. If you know you are going to be speaking to media about being a woman, maybe come to understand our struggles.

If you’re going to win a Woman of the Year award in the “Transgender Champion” category, I think you should be enlightened enough about the struggles faced by your community to not make sexist jokes, but apparently Glamour doesn’t agree with me. I guess being on TV and kinda hot by conventional standards is good enough for them. Which, like, it’s Glamour magazine. Should we be surprised?

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Mental Floss
Mental Floss
8 years ago

The fact that Caitlyn jokes about “the hardest part in being a woman is figuring out what to wear” says volumes. It appears that there is still a mighty big part of Caitlyn that is still male, apart from his DNA, and disrespectful to women, a gender he claimed is his soul. Not so. Still boorish and disrespectful.

8 years ago

“Calling a trans person out for saying something shitty by acting like their identity is invalid? Not cool.” I didn’t read McGowan’s comment, then get that reaction. Can you give more detail? (Not saying this in a snarky, online asshole manner either; truly curious.) I got more of an impression that, all arguments lie in Jenner’s acceptance of male identity (forced as it may have been) added to the years/decades of internal struggle with transgender dissonance. It’s (inarguably?) true that Jenner hasn’t been a woman for very long, and that being so -especially in a role of importance dictated by… Read more »