“The hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear. It’s always that way; I never thought it would come to this. I had really no sense of style.”
Media reports have attributed that statement to Jenner’s acceptance speech last week, when she was honored as one of Glamour’s Women of the Year, and given the Transgender Champion Award. However, Jenner never uttered those words in her speech.
McGowan referred to the Woman of the Year award several times in her 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 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 along fucking shot.
“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.”
Accompanying McGowan’s post were 15 memes originally shared by Troy Brown of Ohio, each with the quote “The hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear,” over an image of a struggling woman: beaten, disfigured, stalked, raped and more. As Us Magazine reported, one photo depicted O.J. Simpson's late wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, photoshopped to appear as if she were covered in bruises. Jenner's ex-wife Kris Jenner was best friends with the model-actress.
The widower of a prior Woman of the Year recipient recently returned his late wife’s award to Glamour, saying honoring Jenner ‘insulted’ his wife’s memory.
When contacted by The Advocate, a spokesman for Jenner declined to respond to McGowan's post.