Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rose McGowen thinks Caitlyn Jenner isn't "woman of the year"

In an open letter for Jenner on her facebook page, McGowen says:
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,’ she added. Not by a long fucking shot.
Of course she "clarified" statements in a later post, saying that although Jenner is doing great work raising the visibility of trans people in the media, but her comments on the meaning of womanhood has consequences for other women.

I don't think she should have felt forced to.

I actually disagree with her implying that there's a universal "woman" experience (I absorbed a lot of message traditionally aimed at boys somehow -- don't cry, be tough, etc. that still follow me around to this day -- where do I fit in?), and that trans women cannot be a part of it, but the media is so anxious to anoint a spokesperson for trans rights even when they've said or done some pretty questionable things. And no, it isn't transphobic to point that out.

The truth is Jenner did, and still does, lead the life of privilege. The comment that the most difficult thing about being a woman was "figuring out what to wear," was insulting to many women, trans and cis alike.