I grew up being told that "Girls can do anything better than boys" .... except be "Woman of the Year", apparently.
Caitlyn Jenner, aka Bruce Jenner, has just been given the title of Woman of the Year, by Glamour Magazine and I am not only stunned, but offended.
I've bit my tongue over the last several months as I've watched a celebrity "come out" acting as if everyone else struggling with a gender crisis would be as supported and loved as Jenner has been.
First Jenner wins the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and that alone was mind-blowing. Then to see a few months later "she" has now won "Woman of the Year" is about enough to make me explode.
My opinion on Jenner's decision to become known as Caitlyn, is irrelevant to this conversation. Jenner may believe that he has now set the stage for everyone else dealing with a gender crisis, but let's be realistic. To think that little Johnny down the street, who decides to start wearing makeup and dresses, is going to be embraced and awarded for his courage is garbage. All Caitlyn has done is make a decision for himself and the media and entertainment industry has turned a personal decision into a political statement.
I'm not one to judge and I've decided not to engage in conversation about his decision over the last several months because what Jenner wants to do with his body, is his business, but Woman of the Year? Are you kidding me? There isn't a FEMALE in the world, who has sacrificed, fought or embraced possibilities anywhere, that the only choice Glamour Magazine had was to look for a man wearing a dress? So if I wear a tight sports bra and put a pair of socks down my pants, can I be Man of the Year? Or would I only qualify if I was a celebrity doing such a thing?
What in the world has Caitlyn Jenner done for women? What struggles of womanhood has Jenner overcome? How has Jenner advanced or inspired womanhood? He hasn't. He's actually done just the opposite, by belittling what woman truly do struggle with. Wearing a dress does not make you a woman. Being a male celebrity who puts on a dress does not inspire or advance womanhood either.
After the decades of fighting for equal rights, equal pay, the right to vote, and so much more, it appears that all of that is for naught. The fact that a man has just won Woman of the Year, because he decided to wear a dress to the ESPYS, has just set us back decades and as a woman, I could not be more enraged or insulted.
Shame on you Glamour Magazine.