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Rose McGowan slams Caitlyn Jenner over Woman of the Year Awards speech

Published 17/11/2015

Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan has accused transgender star Caitlyn Jenner of stereotyping women.

Actress Rose McGowan has slammed Caitlyn Jenner for not knowing the true struggles of women after hearing the transgender Olympian's recent acceptance speech during Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year Awards.

Kim Kardashian's stepfather announced she was transitioning from Bruce to Caitlyn during an interview with U.S. newswoman Diane Sawyer earlier this year (15), and at Glamour's annual ceremony last week (09Nov15), Caitlyn was feted for her story with the Transgender Champion Prize.

During Caitlyn's speech, she noted that the questions from inquiring minds before her revealing announcement had drastically changed after the interview.

"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," Caitlyn told the audience.

However, a week later on Monday (16Nov15), the former Charmed actress took issue with Caitlyn's speech, writing a post on Facebook to fire back at the former athlete's comments, suggesting she'll never know the true plight of women since she's lived most of her life as a male.

"Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all," Rose wrote. "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.

"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."

Rose later clarified her comments and 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."

The actress has since deleted the post.

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