Caitlyn Jenner covers the latest issue
of gay glossy The Advocate.
Among the issues
Jenner addressed in the magazine's wide-ranging interview was the
criticism she's faced over her emphasis on looks.
“There's more to
being a woman than hair and makeup,” she
said. “So recently, I've been trying to study up on it. My
publicists’ assistant told me to read this book [How to Be a
Woman by Caitlin Moran]. It's actually very good and very funny.
What I realized, when going through this book, is how my experience
is so different than what a normal woman’s would be growing up –
that’s obvious. The second chapter was about having your period.
OK? I will never deal with that. So 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.”
Jenner said that
her reality show, I Am Cait, has “opened up the
“It's OK to talk
about trans issues,” she said.
When asked what she
has learned about the issues facing the trans community, she
answered: “You cannot believe the people that I have met. It's in
every walk of life, some hiding in the shadows, some not. This is a
human condition. It’s not just here in the U.S. It is everywhere.
To see [the problems] it’s just – it’s gut-wrenching. Suicide
rates, murder rates. We’re up to 20 murders this year. The hatred.
There’s just so much work to be done. I am certainly the exception
to the rule. I am not the rule.”