If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and thinks its a duck…
This is not my usual beat, but hey, no one seemed to bring this up so….
Jenna Talackova has been disqualified because according to Miss Universe Canada “She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form” Of course, Ms Talackova is an MtF post operative transsexual. And while Miss Universe Canada has not provided further information about what the alleged discrepancy was, it is not unreasonable to infer that she was disqualified merely because she has a Y chromosome. None of this is to say that she is winning material, but she is at least finalist material. Or at least the judges thought she was. The thing is this: The fact that she probably would not have won is irrelevant. What chromosomes one has and what gender one is, while statistically associated, are not necessarily connected. Someone can be male without having a Y chromosome and someone can be female without having two Xs. People can also be of varying genders that don’t neatly fit into male or female. That someone identifies as female and presents as female should be sufficient to qualify that person for most intents and purposes (there might be some medical exceptions) as female.
And then Jesse Klein completely misses the point:
With the increased availability of sex-change operations and the ability to genetically enhance people potentially not far off, this issue is not going away any time soon. Much like in sport, people should be allowed to compete based on their natural abilities. (emphasis in original)
I mean seriously, who is he trying to kid? There is no requirement in the Miss Universe competition that their contestants be naturally beautiful.
He goes on to add:
We should all be working towards a more inclusive society, but being inclusive also means allowing people and organizations to set their own rules
Just because someone should have a right to do something doesn’t mean that he or she is not being a complete dick in doing so. Therefore, here’s what I urge anyone who counts themselves a friend and ally of LGBTQ people to do: Boycott the Miss Universe pageant and any of its affiliates. This includes Miss USA, Miss Teen USA etc. Hit them where it hurts: their wallets and their reputation. Do not take this lying down!