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Caitlyn Jenner Woman of the Year Backlash Continues, Voices of Support Raised

Caitlyn Jenner Wins Glamour Woman of the Year
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Recently there has been a huge backlash to Glamour Magazine’s choice of Caitlyn Jenner as one of their 2015 “Women of the Year”.

Jenner was honored Nov. 9 at Glamour’s 2015 Women of the Year Awards for her work in spreading awareness and advocacy for the transgender community and directly following the announcement negativity erupted.

During her acceptance speech, the former Olympian discussed her long and isolating journey, and how she hopes her public transition can help others.

Jenner then made comments to Buzzfeed where she said the hardest part about being a woman is “figuring out what to wear.” These remark drew further criticism from people who thought the focus on fashion diminished the more serious struggles women face.

People as diverse as Hollywood star Rose McGowan, who said the 66-year-old former Olympian isn’t a woman “by a long fucking shot.”, and the widower of a former recipient, who actually returned the award in protest, are coming out against the honor being bestowed on Caitlyn.

According to Us Weekly, McGowan wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post: “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.”

She has since tried to defend calls of “transphobia” with tweets stating that “I’d be thrilled to fight alongside Caitlyn Jenner. I just want her to know there is a monumental fight to be had.”

James Smith’s wife, Moira Smith, died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks after repeatedly rushing into the south tower of the World Trade Center to evacuate dozens of people before it collapsed.

There have been other voices though coming out in support such as ‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway who told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that she’s disappointed by the negative reactions to Caitlyn Jenner’s Glamour “Women of the Year” honor.

“It’s sad,” Soloway said. “There’s this feeling of the binary — this kind of either/or — that a lot of people get really attached to, and a lot of people are powered by anger and looking for a reason to be angry. And if he’s wanting the kind of attention around giving [his] wife’s award back, it sounds like he’s probably just really wanting to express anger to the world.”

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