Moran: Caitlyn Jenner should not be named Woman of the Year


Columnist Moran argues that Caitlyn Jenner should not be named woman of the year because she did not make the transition of becoming a woman until halfway through the year.

Ben Moran

Caitlyn Jenner has been named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year, and is yet another person who has done nothing to deserve an award.

Although the recipients will not be officially announced until Nov. 3, Jenner will split the yearly award with Reese Witherspoon.

When examining the two winners, Witherspoon has had a productive year. Not only did she get nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her appearance in “Wild” but she also starred in the comedy “Hot Pursuit” and joined a movement to improve questions asked on the red carpet.

On the other hand, Jenner changed his gender, or her gender, and the procedure has led to Jenner acquiring a variety of awards.

Jenner was published on the cover of Vanity Fair in July after her transition, and this was the trigger that started the frenzie. The title was “Call Me Caitlyn,” and in a subtle introduction to the world, we all met Caitlyn Jenner for the first time with mixed responses.

Some welcomed Jenner with open arms, while others did not, and still don’t, accept Jenner as a female. For example, former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell tweeted, “Sorry…still calling you Bruce,” and many were outraged. One Twitter account tweeted, “@DrakeBell just lost all respect for you.” The backlash toward Bell was huge.

Jenner also starred in her own E! docuseries titled “I Am Cait,” which documented the transition. The show started with a high viewership but dropped toward the end of the season.

Finally, Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS earlier this year.

This was probably one of the biggest pieces of news since Jenner’s transition and even spawned a controversy over who should have won the award — Jenner or double-amputee Noah Galloway, a former Army soldier who lost his left arm from above the left elbow and his left leg from injuries he suffered during the war in Iraq.

ESPN released a statement to CNN saying there was no runner-up for the ESPY, but none the less, many were outraged Jenner won the award over an American soldier who fought for our country.

Now, Glamour is giving the Women of the Year award to someone who was known as Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic athlete and member of the Kardashian family.

In my opinion, this is insulting to women everywhere.

Why should someone who used to be biologically a man win an award designed to praise the work done by notable women? The fact that this decision was even brought up is insulting in and of itself. 

And let’s be honest, the selection was not made because Glamour couldn’t find an actual woman to receive this award.

It could have chosen Angela Merkel, who was ranked number one on Forbes Most Powerful Women of 2015. She has been the chancellor of Germany since 2005. Personally, I believe Elizabeth Holmes, who at the age of 31 is the youngest self-made billionaire in the world and is No. 72 on the same list, is also far more deserving than Jenner.

The bottom line is Jenner has done nothing as a woman to deserve this award. Bruce Jenner changed his gender identification, but that was when he was still a man. From that point on, “Caitlyn” has received media publicity left and right, but hasn’t done anything to effect any real change.

Lupita Nyong’o, who was Woman of the Year in 2014, and her accolades compared to Jenner’s are night and day. Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, raised in Kenya, received an Academy Award for best supporting actress and graduated from Yale University.

As a woman, Caitlyn Jenner has only changed gender, that’s it. She has made no significant impact as a woman on the world and she does not deserve to be named Woman of the Year.

Don’t get me wrong, it took an incredible amount courage to change what he identified as, especially in today’s society. I respect Jenner for doing something that made him happy, regardless of what others think. Ultimately, I believe everyone should strive to be happy, and in this case, that meant a gender transition. 

Perhaps she can receive a Man of the Year award because, technically, Jenner did not become Caitlyn until halfway through the calendar year of 2015. This means she should have an equal chance for Man of the Year too, right?

Some are arguing that she deserves Woman of the Year because of her transition, and, therefore, helped raise awareness about the transgender community. But given the time frame and the fact that she made the plans to transition public as a man — as Bruce Jenner — the same could be said for his transgender awareness work as well.

Both Bruce Jenner’s and Caitlyn Jenner’s transgender advocation are positive, but it doesn’t mean Caitlyn should be the Woman of the Year.