The actress was responding to Jenner being named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year and to Jenner’s acceptance speech. In the speech Jenner said she has “much to learn” about being a woman, feminism and style.
McGowan responded to this in a since-deleted Facebook post, saying: “Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all.
“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.”
McGowan later 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.”
McGowan has been criticised for her comments on LGBT people and issues before. She previously claimed that gay men are more misogynistic than straight men, and that gay people fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo taking MDMA. She later apologised.
McGowan isn’t the only person to respond controversially to Jenner receiving the award. The husband of a deceased 9/11 hero returned her Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award because of Jenner’s win.