A Feminist Response to Caitlyn Jenner

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Since Caitlyn Jenner made her public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair last week, she’s been hailed as a hero and also criticized, for everything from her ultra-feminine look to her reality TV deal. Some of the sharpest criticism is coming from feminists. On Sunday, the New York Times published a controversial op-ed titled “What Makes a Woman?” which has been on the most emailed list for days. In it, journalist and former women’s studies professor Elinor Burkett says Jenner’s definition of womanhood undermines decades of feminist gains. The piece has sparked as much outrage as praise among other feminists online. We hear from the author and another feminist writer with a different experience.

Credits

Guests:
Elinor Burkett - Journalist, former women’s studies professor and a documentary filmmaker, Jill Filipovic - journalist and author - @jillfilipovic

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal