Outspoken actress Rose McGowan has said Caitlyn Jenner cannot understand what it is to be a woman because she has lived most of her life with male privilege.
The Charmed star slammed Jenner for her Glamour Women of the Year Awards acceptance speech, during which the transgender former Olympian joked that the ‘hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear.’
‘I got all these new questions from people, saying, “What’s your style? What are you going to wear? Who are your heroes? Are you a feminist?” All these questions and I said, “Oh my gosh, I have so much to learn,”‘ Jenner said.
But McGowan did not find her comments funny.
‘Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all,’ she wrote in an open letter posted on Facebook.
‘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.’
McGowan was not the only one unhappy with Jenner’s award.
The husband of a 9/11 hero returned his late wife’s Woman of The Year award after Jenner was given the same prize.
And last week, Jenner was confronted by transgender protesters outside an LGBTI charity event, who said she did not represent them.
McGowan clarified her comments in an update.
‘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,’ she wrote.
‘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.’
The actress later deleted the post.
In recent months, McGowan has taken shots at Kate Winslet and Adam Sandler. She landed in hot water last year for claiming gay men were more misogynistic than straight men.