By Thomas D Williams, PhD | October 25, 2015
The politically correct Glamour Magazine has reportedly waived the one defining requirement of candidates for its “Woman of the Year” honor—a double X chromosome—in conferring the title for 2015 on crossdresser Bruce Jenner, a move many women are finding insulting.
The magazine is expected to formally announce its choice of Jenner as woman of the year, along with actress Reese Witherspoon, on November 3.
Criticisms are already piling up from women who find the choice of Jenner to be demeaning, and are falling into two main camps. First, out of all the real women in the world, could Glamour not find one worthy of the title of Woman of the Year without needing to fish in the male pool of boys dressing as girls?
Second, what in the world has Jenner done in the past year—other than get a makeover—that qualifies him as a model for achieving woman around the world?
In a stinging commentary, Nicole Russell writes that by choosing Jenner as woman of the year, “Glamour endorses the idea that men are better at being women than we are.”
Russell compares Glamour’s insulting maneuver to a cover of New York Magazine featuring transgender Martine Rothblatt as the “highest-paid female CEO” in the nation. “Apparently real women can’t cut it, so we’ve got to import men into our ranks to win awards,” Russell notes.
“Jenner might feel like he is a woman,” she writes, “he might want to be a woman, he might be living as a woman, but thoughts do not generate biology or reality.”
Australian-born feminist Germaine Greer accused Glamour of “misogyny” in its decision to award Jenner its woman of the year award, noting that transgender women are “not women” and do not “look like, sound like or behave like women.”
“I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this,” Greer said, “that a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman will be a better woman than someone who is just born a woman.”
There’s more at the original, but the whole notion is ridiculous and laughable. Bruce Jenner was born male, and all of his very publicly documented experiences, including his athletic ones, have been as a male. Everyone has reacted to him as they would react to a male. Despite whatever he might think, he has no experience in being female: he never had a period, never worried about getting pregnant — and might have worried about getting someone else pregnant! — never waited for a boy to ask him to the prom, never found certain opportunities more difficult for him because he was a girl, and his closest female role models have been the Kardashians.
But, apparently the editors at Glamour magazine somehow think that he’s a woman. He has his name legally changed to Caitlyn Marie Jenner¹ and the State of California now officially recognizes him as being female, but he isn’t female, and isn’t a woman, and will never be female. He has money, and found a plastic surgeon to give him fake breasts, and I’m sure that he’ll be able to find some quack to castrate him and build him a faux vagina,² but that will not, and cannot, make him a woman; it will make him nothing more than a mutilated male.
Glamour readers should be insulted.
But, really, it is virtually the entire left who are insulting women in this. Every mainstream medium I saw referencing Mr Jenner was using the feminine pronouns to refer to him, as well as calling him “Caitlyn,” even in those things published prior to his legal name change. No one with any common sense at all could really think that Mr Jenner really is a woman, but all of the liberal outlets are using language forms which go right along with his personal delusions.
Is this really what liberalism has become? Have the left gone so far over the edge that they have now resorted to lying to themselves?
¹ – My website, The First Street Journal will continue to refer to him as Bruce Jenner, and continue to refer to him with the masculine pronouns and honorifics.
² – A Google search comes up with both yes and no answers as to whether Mr Jenner has had those procedures yet.