Caitlyn Jenner was quick to apologize after her controversial "man in a dress" comments last month, but more importantly, she's educating herself on the non-conforming definition of womanhood.
"There's more to being a woman than hair and makeup," Caitlyn tells The Advocate. "So recently, I've been trying to study up on it. My publicist's assistant told me to read [How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran]."
Caitlyn says that reading Moran's book made her realize that her experience is different than "what a normal woman's would be growing up."
"There is so much in life that I need to learn about who I am and be authentic with myself," she says. "But I never want to assume that this whole thing called womanhood, that I could ever experience all of that. I will be able to live authentically as female, but I've missed so much."
Caitlyn has learned to embrace her love of beauty and fashion, while acknowledging that womanhood is bigger than the definition that's most comfortable to her. "Kimberly [Kardashian West] says, 'If you do go out, you've got to rock it, baby!'" Cate explains. "But there's more to life and womanhood than just that. And those are things I'm learning; I'm trying to read up on it. I'm trying to understand it because it's all new to me."
Caitlyn has quickly become one of the most influential members of the trans community, but the phrase "check your privilege" is still apt. Most trans women don't have the resources to experience womanhood in the way Caitlyn does—especially when it comes to potential surgical procedures. It's something Cait needs to stay aware of, and so far, it looks like she's doing a pretty good job.
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