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The actress is slamming Jenner for showing off her “male privilege” during an acceptance speech she made for her Glamour magazine “woman of the year” award on November 9.
McGowan takes umbrage at Jenner’s comment during the speech, that, the "hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear”—accusing her of not understanding “what being a woman is all about” and urging the 66-year-old to take a look at the history books in order to get a clearer idea.
The actress let her feelings be known via a Facebook post today:
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 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.
Presumably, in a bid to fend off any ensuing accusations of trans-phobia, McGowan went on to couch her comments by concluding that she appreciates what Jenner’s decision to live “her truth” has done for the LGBT community:
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.
McGowan isn’t the only person who’s slammed Jenner recently for being out-of-touch with reality—as Popdust previously reported, a protest group called “I Ain’t Cait” has attacked the former-Olympian for being “unrepresentative of the average transgendered person.”
Protesters took to the streets last week to protest Chicago House’s decision to invite Jenner to be a key speaker at their 2015 charity luncheon.
“You are an insult to trans people, you are an insult to women,” one protester was caught on camera screaming at Jenner as she left the event.
Chicago House is a non-profit organization that works to provide housing for those impacted by HIV/AIDS, or find themselves subjected to homophobia and or LGBT marginalization—a subject, the group believes, has no resonance with Jenner—a multi-millionaire and outspoken Republican.
They aired their grievances on their Facebook page:
Caitlyn Jenner, who lives in a mansion and has a net worth of millions of dollars, while the average trans person has a 41 percent chance of experiencing homelessness and a nearly 50 percent chance of living off less than $10k per year.
Chicago House’s shameless pandering to the trans community for mediocre representation, embodied by a clueless rich white woman who thinks disenfranchised trans women of color should just pluck themselves up off the street and stop being so lazy, is an insult and a disgrace.
Adding further fuel to the fire are comments Jenner made about social service benefits for the poor and needy, during an episode of her E! reality show, I Am Cait.
“You don’t want people to get totally dependent on [benefits],” she said. “That’s when they get into trouble. ‘Why should I work? You know, I’ve got a few bucks, I’ve got my room paid for.’”
Meanwhile, despite the visibility Jenner has undoubtably brought the community, sadly, when it comes to hate crimes, statistics show that visibility hasn’t translated into the general public being any more accepting, or understanding of transgender people.
According to HRC, there has actually been a spike in crimes against transgender people—2015 saw more murders than any other year on record—and 41 % of trans people are still attempting suicide:
In 2015, at least 21 transgender people have been victims of fatal violence in the United States, more killings of transgender people than any other year on record. More transgender people were killed in the first six months of this year than in all of 2014.
While we don’t know many details about these victims’ experiences, research shows that transgender people face harassment and discrimination in numerous contexts throughout their lives.
Moreover, we know that the chances of facing discrimination, harassment and violence increase exponentially for transgender women of color, who also face racism and sexism. For many transgender women of color, the threat of violence is constant, and there are few if any places they feel safe.
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