Why Caitlyn Jenner Should Not Have Been Awarded "Woman of the Year"
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why Caitlyn Jenner Should Not Have Been Awarded "Woman of the Year"

How the true female experience was completely overlooked.

Why Caitlyn Jenner Should Not Have Been Awarded "Woman of the Year"

In October of 2015, Glamour Magazine announced its 25th Anniversary Women of the Year Awards. Among the list of famous and influential women was current transgender superstar Caitlyn Jenner.

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge supporter of the LGBT community, and I love Caitlyn for every stride she is making for the transgender community. Although this is true, I find it very difficult to support Glamour’s decision to name Caitlyn “Woman of the Year.”

When tuning into Caitlyn’s new E! series, “I am Cait," viewers get a peek inside the new world of the former famed Olympian. During an average episode, Caitlyn beams as she is finally able to show the world the secret life she had been hiding from the public for decades.

I am not saying that Caitlyn deserves to be seen as any less of a woman than I am, but she has no idea the reality of the female struggle. To Caitlyn, the hardest part about being a woman is deciding what color nail polish to choose. Her entire public life was spent as a white male. She has never had to fight for equal pay as a female, or be told she is a bad mother if she does not give up her career in order to raise her children.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Caitlyn was asked what she thought was the most difficult part about being a women. Her response, “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. Everyone around me in my family had the sense of style — I learned as much as I possibly could,” left many women shaking their heads.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F03%2F635873903797197340919875042_Kim-Kardashian-looking-at-Kanye-West-shaking-their-heads-GIF.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=332&h=0ecd2bbd8ddf976245968a8e4231d58fdc8be013d61939603c085df0ce8d22c8&size=980x&c=757932400 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F03%252F635873903797197340919875042_Kim-Kardashian-looking-at-Kanye-West-shaking-their-heads-GIF.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D332%26h%3D0ecd2bbd8ddf976245968a8e4231d58fdc8be013d61939603c085df0ce8d22c8%26size%3D980x%26c%3D757932400%22%7D" expand=1]

The truth is, Caitlyn Jenner does not deserve this award, not in the slightest. She has never experienced the lifetime of a true female. She has never walked to her car, pepper spray in hand, fearing rape on almost a daily basis. She has never been told “boys will be boys," so wear longer shorts, or do not come to school. Even though she has finally transitioned into physically being a female, she will still never have to experience this reality.

I am not saying that Caitlyn has not had her own personal struggles. In fact, I admire her incredible journey, and the positive affect she has made on the world for the transgender community. There is no denying that the struggles she has faced her entire life have been incredibly difficult. Regardless of her struggles as a transgender, Caitlyn Jenner in no way deserves the title “Woman of the Year." How can anyone compare her to powerful women, like Hillary Clinton or Carly Fiorina, who are running for president? Do not even dare to compare Caitlyn to women like Malala Yousafzai, who risk assassination in order to receive an education.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F03%2F635873908008193049539231853_hillary_temples2c.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=690&h=79dfd1cf328c682bf822146b73225bca8fe1f830cba1db177dee5c31d280bedc&size=980x&c=973342589 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F03%252F635873908008193049539231853_hillary_temples2c.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D690%26h%3D79dfd1cf328c682bf822146b73225bca8fe1f830cba1db177dee5c31d280bedc%26size%3D980x%26c%3D973342589%22%7D" expand=1]

Glamour, along with Caitlyn, needs to gain a realization of what being a woman truly means before crowning “Woman of the Year." Not just becoming a woman, but becoming a great woman, is something that comes with a lifetime of gaining wisdom and strength through the female struggle. By giving the award to someone like Caitlyn, this magazine has taken for granted the female journey. Let us acknowledge that, yes, Caitlyn Jenner is an outstanding human being, but in no way deserves the title of “Woman of the Year.”

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
How I Met My Best Friends In College

Quarantine inspired me to write about my freshman year to keep it positive and focus on all the good things I was able to experience this year! In this article, I will be talking about how I was able to make such amazing friends by simply putting myself out there and trying new things.

Keep Reading... Show less

29 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach, SC Regardless Of The Weather

Both indoors and outdoors things to do in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

29 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach, SC Regardless Of The Weather
Dahlia DeHaan

In 2017, I moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - one of the most touristy places on the East Coast. And ever since then, I've befriended locals and done some exploring on my own to discover new, fun things to do in Myrtle Beach. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Birthplace of Basketball

The NBA Playoffs are here. It’s kind of funny that my history kind of started out in the same place that basketball’s did too.


Basketball was originally created by James Naismith, a Presbyterian minister who taught P.E. at YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. He invented the new game to keep the young men occupied inside during the winter. Borrowing ideas from rugby and a game he used to play as a boy, “duck on the rock”, he thought of nailing up boxes to throw a ball into. He couldn’t find boxes so he used peach baskets instead. The rest of the rules he made up in about an hour.

Keep Reading... Show less

I Met You At The Wrong Time

At least, that's what I keep telling myself.


I met you when I was in middle school and I thought boys still had cooties. I wore flared jeans, Aeropostale shirts, and had the dorkiest braces ever. I cared about what other people thought of me, and I definitely cared a lot about what you thought, too. You were older, and your friends made fun of me when I talked to you. I pretended it didn’t bother me, but it did. I sat two rows in front of you in class, and constantly tried to think of reasons to talk to you. Your hair was a curly mess. It still is. You graduated from middle school a year before me, and I missed you. I don’t think you even knew my name.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Problem With The NBA

Is the NBA losing to College basketball for some sports fans?

New York Times

The annual ESPY award show put on by ESPN was created to reward athletes from around the world for their hard work, skill, determination and more. When Former NFL superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was hosting the ceremony, and in the opening of the show, he absolutely shredded NBA champion Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors to create what many sports fans called a “super team.”

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments