Glamour’s Women of the Year: Witherspoon, Jenner, Copeland

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Caitlyn Jenner is named one of Glamour’s Women Of The Year alongside Reese Witherspoon as she says she’s ‘excited about the future’.

The former Olympian – who was married to Kris Jenner, 59, for two decades – said: ‘I am just excited about the future for the first time in a long, long time. ‘And that is a nice feeling to have…. NEW YORK — Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland and five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre and lauded in the aftermath as “The Peacemakers of Charleston” are among this year’s honorees as Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year.

Jenner came out as transgender in April this year in an interview earlier this year – and has since appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair and appeared in her own reality show. To be honest with you, if the worst thing in the world that happens to you is you are trans, you’ve got it made.’ ‘I was debating whether to do Legally Blonde, and I saw this interview with Gloria Steinem about how important Goldie Hawn’s role in Private Benjamin was for women; by the end of the movie, the character socked her fiancé in the face at the altar because he didn’t understand who she’d become through her journey. Victoria Beckham, billionaire entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, Planned Parenthoood’s Cecile Richards and the women’s FIFA soccer Team USA round out the Class of 2015, announced Thursday. Branded the “Transgender Champion,” the 66-year-old reality TV star will be honored with her fellow winners at an awards ceremony in New York City Nov. 9.

When that happy day arrives, with all the nonsense going up in steam if not smoke, credit should not go to Donald Trump, the angry warrior against all things PC. She was revealed as an honouree today alongside Victoria Beckham, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Holmes, Cecile Richards, Reese Witherspoon, the Women of Charleston, and the US women’s national soccer team. Jenner won the distinction because “she made the decision to transition publicly — so that in the future kids don’t have to wait until they’re 65 years old to discover who they are,” Los Angeles LGBT Center rep Alex Schmider told the magazine. “I started thinking, Maybe this is why God put me on earth,” said Jenner, who recently accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs and premiered her own E! docu-series, “I Am Cait.” “This issue has been swept under the rug for so long. Glamour magazine, a journal not so much about feminine glamour as how young women can deal with their insecurities in the millennial age, set up the implosion — perhaps explosion is more accurate — with the announcement that it would name Caitlyn Jenner the “co-woman of the year” with its November issue. Witherspoon was selected for the magazine’s December cover, to hit newsstands Nov. 10, while Jenner, Copeland and Holmes will be pictured on foldout covers.

The Olympic hero turned reality-star patriarch was still living a phantom existence, her changing appearance igniting a tabloid frenzy around the rumour she’d run from for most of her 66 years: that she was transgender. Not just for me, but for this entire community.” The transgender rights advocate opened up to Glamour about reaching a breaking point during her gender transition, going so far as to contemplate using the gun she kept in her house. “Go in there, no more pain,” she recalled telling herself.

Some women, prominently the feisty Australian feminist icon Germaine Greer, at 76 moving beyond what the French call “a certain age,” scoff that the choice is a betrayal of real women. Some women, most of them younger women with no memory of the women’s liberation movement — when the Texas country singer Kinky Friedman would sing of women to “get your biscuits in the oven and your buns in the bed, women’s liberation is going to your head” — demanded that Cardiff University in Wales cancel Ms. You have to make your life interesting.’” Jenner‘s inclusion on the list, rumored as early as last week, ignited bickering over whether the wealthy athlete-turned-reality star deserved the honor. Greer’s scheduled speech there on “Women and Power — The Lessons of the 20th Century.” This was what our parents, who were so 20th century, would have called “the Catfight at the Not-so-OK Corral.” Modern women wouldn’t be caught dead at that corral, but what the diplomats call an exchange of views has turned hot, heavy and ugly, even “vulgar,” just when we thought the very concept of vulgarity had been abandoned, wounded and bleeding, in that benighted century. The honorees announcement came just a few days after word of Jenner’s inclusion leaked, prompting a backlash on social media with criticism of her inclusion as a transgender woman of wealth and privilege.

Australian-born feminist writer Germaine Greer, who previously blamed Jenner for stealing the spotlight from the Kardashian-Jenner clan’s female members, blasted the television star on BBC2’s Newsnight. “I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, 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,” she said. “I honestly think that naming Caitlyn as woman of the year when she hasn’t even been woman for a year is an insult to women worldwide,” wrote @Eggroll. “Adding a second transgender woman to a 397-winner list … is not, in our view, misogyny,” she wrote in a statement. “It’s a recognition that there are all types of women in this world, and plenty of glory to go around.” “Where there is hateful chatter on Twitter, there is just as much, if not more, love and support. Greer, whose book, “The Female Eunuch,” became a bible of spirited feminism in the 1970s, and she was celebrated as the liberated woman a lot of women thought it might be fun to be.

The writer Nicole Russell says “Glamour endorses the idea that men are better at being women than we are.” New York magazine’s cover of transgendered Martine Rothblatt as “the highest-paid female CEO in the nation,” she argues, seems to make the point that “real women can’t cut it, so we’ve got to import men into our ranks to win awards.” Germaine Greer was accused of “hurtful comments,” which she robustly dismisses as child-like and irrelevant. “Try being an old woman,” she replied. “For goodness’ sake, people get hurt all the time. — Witherspoon: She co-founded a production company, Pacific Standard, and started buying up books and scripts featuring female protagonists as a way to fight the gender gap in Hollywood. The year 2015 will be remembered as the year we trashed all things Southern and set out to eliminate all traces of important parts of our history, measured our words in fear and embraced the yearning to be what we aren’t. Anyone who uses the words bossy, silly, hysterical or shrill to describe any woman who might “in fact be bossy, silly, hysterical or shrill, or mentions that women bear children, or fails to mention that women bear children,” writes Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women’s Forum, invites the wrath and terror of the feminist police.

Someone from another planet, arriving on a spaceship from Venus with a stop on Mars, to investigate the strange noises on Earth, would be astonished to learn that so much of that noise is made by so few. A review by the Williams Institute, cited in a Gallup Poll in 2012, found that only 3.4 percent of all American adults identify themselves as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered, and only 0.3 percent say they are transgendered. Campus feminists, like those who demand that Germaine Greer be banished from Cardiff U., are the leaders in stamping out diversity in American universities, forcing their betters to rescind speaking invitations to the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Christine Lagarde, Christina Hoff Sommers and Ayaan Hirsi Ali — powerful, accomplished women all. “You fight your way from the trenches to the throne,” says the feminist author Kaite Welsh, “overthrow the regime and set about remaking the world in your own image, only to realize that you have become the only thing you most despise.” Just so.

Jenner, who turned 66 on Wednesday, vowed to educate herself while educating others through her docuseries, “I Am Cait,” which was just picked up by E! for a second season. — Charleston Strong: The June shooting at the black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, brought on mass protests over racial injustice. Alana Simmons, Nadine Collier, Bethane Middleton-Brown, Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard lost loved ones and two nearly their own lives, but all, one by one, stood up in a courtroom at the bond hearing for the young, white defendant and declared their anger but not their hate. — Beckham: She came to the fashion world as a Spice Girl celebrity but rolled up her sleeves to make her own way as a designer as she balanced life as the wife of David Beckham and mother of their four children, some of whom have followed her into the industry.

— Holmes: She founded her fledgling blood-testing company, now called Theranos, in her dorm room after dropping out of Stanford as an undergraduate but convincing an engineering professor to admit her into his graduate research lab. — Richards: The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the daughter of a civil rights lawyer-dad and a politician woman, the late Texas Gov.

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