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Rose McGowan criticizes Caitlyn Jenner over awards speech

Actress Rose Mcgowan has accused Caitlyn Jenner of failing to understand the true struggles of women after hearing the transgender Olympian's speech during a recent awards show.

Kim Kardashian's stepfather announced plans to transition from Bruce to Caitlyn during an interview with newswoman Diane Sawyer earlier this year (15), and at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards last week (09Nov15), Caitlyn was feted with the Transgender Champion Prize.


During Caitlyn's speech, she talked about subjects including her new driver's license which lists her gender as female, and the questions she has been asked since announcing her transition.


"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, the former Charmed actress took issue with Caitlyn's speech in a post on Facebook, suggesting she will never know the true plight of women because she has 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 by adding, "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.