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Rose McGowan slams Caitlyn Jenner's Woman of the Year Award: 'You do not understand what being a woman is about'

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Published 17/11/2015 | 07:35

Rose McGowan (left) and Caitlyn Jenner (right)
Rose McGowan (left) and Caitlyn Jenner (right)
Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Glamour)
Actress Rose McGowan arrives
Caitlyn Jenner (L) and Kylie Jenner pose for a photo at the backstage inspiration wall at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)

Actress Rose McGowan has slammed Caitlyn Jenner for not knowing the true struggles of women after hearing the transgender Olympian's recent acceptance speech during Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year Awards.

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Kim Kardashian's stepfather announced she was transitioning from Bruce to Caitlyn during an interview with U.S. newswoman Diane Sawyer earlier this year  and at Glamour's annual ceremony last week, Caitlyn was feted for her story with the Transgender Champion Prize.

During Caitlyn's speech, she noted that the questions from inquiring minds before her revealing announcement had drastically changed after the interview.

"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.

Caitlyn Jenner (L) and Kylie Jenner pose for a photo at the backstage inspiration wall at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)
Caitlyn Jenner (L) and Kylie Jenner pose for a photo at the backstage inspiration wall at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Glamour)

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However, a week later on Monday, the former Charmed actress took issue with Caitlyn's speech, writing a post on Facebook to fire back at the former athlete's comments, suggesting she'll never know the true plight of women since she's 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."

Actress Rose McGowan arrives
Actress Rose McGowan arrives

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Rose later clarified her comments and added, "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.

Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Glamour)
Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Glamour)

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