Feminists Slam Caitlyn Jenner For Voting Republican (VIDEO)
Caitlyn Jenner voting Republican is like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.
Caitlyn Jenner has been receiving a lot of criticism from feminists about her views on what it means to be a woman, and also for being a Republican despite the GOP’s stance on women’s and transgender issues.
On November 19 actress and singer Bette Midler tweeted:
People, #CaitlynJenner says she is STILL voting GOP in2016. Regardless of gender identity, I guess she identifies most as "uninformed."
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 19, 2015
In April 2015, Republican-held assembles in several states -− Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, and Texas — introduced “Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills.” Florida Republicans introduced bill HB 583 that would make it a “misdemeanor for transgender to use a bathroom inconsistent with their biological sex.” Nevada required transgender students to use bathrooms that identify with their biological sex.
As of November 2015, Republicans in Wisconsin continue to defend their transgender restriction bill – which requires teen Gavin Grimm use a biological sex or a unisex bathroom in school. Grimm believes both options are discriminatory and wants to use the female assigned restroom.
Certainly it’s understandable the frustration people like Better Midler have due to the oxymoron of Caitlyn Jenner being transgender and a Republican – which supports a political party that continues to support discriminatory laws that would in effect affect the transgender community. Jenner on Diane Sawyer confirmed she is a conservative because she believes in the Constitution.
This isn’t the first time Caitlyn Jenner has drawn fire for supporting the Republican Party. Back in August, Ellen DeGeneres called her out. Here’s her answer and The David Pakman Show’s take on it.
In caitlyn Jenner’s defense, Some Republicans do support the transgender community.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said the GOP tent is big enough:
“I haven’t walked in her shoes. I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life,” Graham said. “I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through. I hope he’s — I hope she has found peace.”
“I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy, but I’m running to be president of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party,” he said.
Mara Keisling from the National Center for Transgender Equality stood up for Jenner, and said:
There is “no essential contradiction between Jenner’s transgender identity and his conservatism if by that he meant a belief in efficient and small government.”
“It’s not Republicans who think government should get out of people’s lives who are the problem, it’s those who want to put it right in our faces.”
The executive director of the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans Gregory Angelo adds:
“There’s a very diverse LGBT community out there that aligns itself with basic conservative principles.”
Angelo hopes Jenner will join the Log Cabin Republicans and become a crusader for conservatism and LGBT issues. However, Jimmy LaSalvia, a former Republican and conservative strategist of now defunct GOProud does not see it the same way as Angelo. LaSalvia said Republicans anti-LGBT laws are embarrassing and will continue to have an adverse impact on non-gender conforming people lending support to conservative principles.
The other criticism Caitlyn Jenner has received is her opinion of issues women face. During her acceptance speech for Glamour’s “Women of the Year,” Jenner said deciding what to wear is the biggest challenge she faces as a woman. This shows there’s an awful lot she’s missed during her decades of not presenting as a woman.
Displeased by this response, actress and director Rose McGowan posted to her Facebook:
“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 fucking learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege. Woman of the year? No, not until you wake up and join the fight. 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 fucking shot.”
Some feel McGowan was unduly harsh and that she misunderstood Jenner’s comment. Here’s exactly what Caitlyn Jenner said about her experience as a woman:
“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 no sense of style. Everyone around me in my family had the sense of style — I learned as much as I possibly could. But it’s more than that. I’m kind of at this point in my life where I’m trying to figure this womanhood thing out. It is more than hair, makeup, clothes, all that kind of stuff. There’s an element here that I’m still kind of searching for. And I think that’ll take a while. Because I think, as far as gender, we’re all on a journey. We’re all learning and growing about ourselves. And I feel the same way.”
Feminists seem to forget Caitlyn Jenner faces some battles as a transgender woman that biological women don’t. Bette Davis once said:
“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.”
The purpose of feminism is equality and within that is one’s individual right to be, think, feel, and identify themselves in whichever manner they choose. The backlash to Caitlyn Jenner receiving a 2015 “Women of the Year” award and identifying as a Republican is no less alarming than Republican-sponsored bills that seek to discriminate against the community in which Jenner prescribes. If Jenner believes dressing is a big challenge in her life as a woman, so be it. It’s her life. Same goes for her identifying as Republican. It’s a free country, people.
Photo: cc 2015 Mike Mozart.
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