The Miss Universe Canada Pageant has run afoul of the political correctness police for refusing to allow a transsexual contestant to compete. The official reason he’s being disqualified is that he lied on the entry form and didn’t admit that he’s a transsexual — but even if he hadn’t, Miss Universe Canada doesn’t allow transsexuals to compete.
But 23-year-old Jenna Talackova was born male, and that led the Miss Universe Canada organizers to disqualify her last week as a finalist in the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant taking place in May.
The rules of the contest run by the Donald Trump organization say entrants must be “naturally born” females.
The Vancouver woman underwent a sex change four years ago.
“She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form,” said a statement from Miss Universe Canada. “We do, however, respect her goals, determination and wish her the best.”
…The disqualification has won Talackova widespread sympathy and raised the question of whether the pageant has the right to decide who is female.
Talackova is obtaining legal counsel and is expected to make a statement next week, said her spokesman, Rory Richards.
…Prof. Patrizia Gentile of Ottawa’s Carleton University, who did a dissertation on beauty pageants, equated the ban with the exclusion of blacks and Jews from pageants in earlier times. “We’re seeing more and more transgendered women wanting to be beauty contestants,” she said. “The rule is incongruent with the culture.”
Besides, she said, “Your genitalia have nothing to do with how you perform femininity.”
Who has the right to decide “who is female?” That would be God and, yes, your genitalia have EVERYTHING to do with how you “perform femininity,” even if you make the terrible mistake of having them cut off.
If Jenna Talackova wants to pretend to be a woman, that’s his right. He can “feel” like a woman, have female hormones pumped into him, and have extensive surgery that makes him look like a woman. However, all of that doesn’t change the fact that he’s still a man and men don’t want to see a man competing in a beauty pageant. This isn’t a civil rights issue or an arbitrary decision to be mean to anyone; it’s just a basic statement of fact. If plastic surgeons could add horns to a man’s head and surgically attach an udder and hooves, it wouldn’t make him into a cow, no matter how much he feels like a cow. It’s no different with your gender. If people want to pretend otherwise, that’s their choice, but it’s wrong to try to force everyone else to deny reality for the sake of political correctness.
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