Above: Mr./Ms.Talackova (on the right)
The Miss Universe Organization announced Monday that it might reverse an earlier decision and allow a transgender woman to enter the Miss Universe
Jenna Talackova, 23, was born male, leading organizers to disqualify her last month as a finalist in the 61st Miss Universe Canada pageant in May.
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There is an argument now over whether transgendered people (i.e., those who have undergone sex-change operations) should be allowed in beauty
contests. Originally Mr./Ms. Talackova, above, was disqualified, although after loud complaints, they are considering whether or not to let him/her
into the contest.
This is a difficult matter that touches on many social issues: gender, sexuality, “political correctness,” and identity in general in a world
where notions of identity seems to be becoming more fluid.
Personally, I do not believe Talackova can be considered a true woman in the sense that I am. As a Christian, I believe God made men and women
differently for a reason. I understand this may not be a popular view, but it is mine, and I have a right to it. From a biological point of view,
there is a difference between Talackova and me in that every cell in my body has XX chromosomes, while every cell in his/her body has XY chromosomes.
This is true – in every single cell – no matter what he/she hacks off or plasters on to the body that God gave her. Nor will this person ever be
able to conceive and bear a child (well, not with current technology, anyway). So I, personally, reject the notion that Talackova is a true woman.
Sorry. If a man wants to dress and act as one, undergo surgery to look more like one, sleep with men, and be called “Ms.”, that’s fine with me
– none of that bothers me. But deep down, I believe there is a difference.
I am also upset at the way “identity issues” seem to be rammed down our throat constantly. We are always having to walk on eggshells these days in
case we offend somebody. Seems like lots of people use their differences from the norm to extract special recognition, or special privileges, or some
kind of sympathy, or status as an oppressed minority. I believe that as we strive to grapple with the challenges ahead, we humans we should be focused
on what unites
us, what is the same about us, and what we share. Feelings of compassion and sympathy flow from a sense of sharing something
with other humans, not setting them apart from us. I can’t help but think the constant, steady need to assert people’s differences creates more
problems than it solves.
I wanted to get a man’s view on this so I asked my brother what he thought. My brother is a pretty conservative guy: a fundamentalist Christian like
me, and he's also an Iraq war combat vet. But he was less delicate about the issue than me. After unloading a string of curse-words in my ear over the
phone, he said, “They won’t rest until heterosexuality and attraction to women rather than men is a hate crime.” I don’t know if I’d go that
far, but I can’t help but feel there is something more at work here, an agenda constantly being pushed by the mainstream media to denigrate
heterosexuality and promote non-traditional ideas of gender and sexuality. I resent being made the target of a campaign to warp my sexuality and
assault my Christian values, and I think its accelerating on all fronts. And is insulting, the idea that “your values are wrong and you will be
forced to accept the new values.” Everything from shaming tactics to the constant media drumbeat for things like this. It makes me feel like an
object being “talked at” rather than a person involved in a dialogue as an equal, who would be “talked with.”
Those are my thoughts. What are yours?
edit on 4/3/2012 by Partygirl because: (no reason given)