This Is What Womanhood Means to Caitlyn Jenner
“I am certainly the exception to the rule. I am not the rule.”
“You’re going from such a strong image—male, athletic, superstar, Wheaties-box iconic kind of stuff —and leaving that to go to, quote, ‘to the weaker sex’,” Jenner describes using air quotes. “Certainly, I don’t see it that way … But my main concern was really only my kids. I don’t want to do anything to embarrass them.”
She tells The Advocate that she’s still learning what it means to be a woman, and actively seeks out the advice of other females to help her in her journey. Her publicists’ assistant suggested she read “How to Be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran, which she found to be helpful. However, Jenner recognizes from “studying” such books that her experience will never compare to that of someone who was born as a female, from missing the experiences of growing up and that “time of the month”.
“There is so much in life that I need to learn about who I am and be authentic with myself. 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.”