Ok I know that my opinion is contradictory to most of you who are going to read this article, and especially if you are a transsexual woman yourself. You will say that my opinion goes with the opinion of all the haters who don’t want to see a transsexual woman joining a beauty pageant for genetic girls (GGs, like we call them) because they are homophobic or such. Yes, the bottom line is: I don’t think that transsexual women should join beauty pageants meant for real girls. But my argumentation is different…
Last month it exploded like a bomb when the whole world heard the news that a Canadian transsexual model, Jenna Talackova, was competing for Miss Universe Canada. However she was disqualified when MUC (Miss Universe Canada) finds out that she was a post-op transsexual. But her dream of being a beauty queen didn’t end here. She fought for her right as a women to join MUC, and she did well since MUO (Miss Universe Organization) finally announced that transsexual women are welcome to join the Miss Universe pageants. So now Jenna is an official candidate vying for the Miss Universe Canada crown and has the chance to join Miss Universe 2012 (the world class pageant) if ever she wins the Canadian competition.
Miss Universe Canada are doing no good for rights equality
It’s actually all the opposite. Why? Because MUO accepts Jenna as a women but not as a transsexual women. Jenna talackova is a post-op tanssexual (see difference between post-op, pre-op and non-op). There is nothing wrong in being a post-op transsexual woman, if you follow my blog you know that I respect and admire them. Being post-op (undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery) is actually one of the requirement to be legally considered a woman in countries like Canada. But does it make Jenna Talackova a real woman? No she is still a transsexual woman, it’s her nature, it’s where she comes from, and she is probably proud of it. What if Jenna Talackova was a non-op transsexual, what is she still had her penis and had no plans to get rid of it? Would she be alllowed to join Miss Universe? I doubt it.
This actually means that only post-op TS women (TS women who have undergone SRS) can compete for Miss Universe and not the others. Is that equality? I believe not. If Jenna Talackova, who is a post-op transsexual woman, is accepted to join Miss Universe, how about the non-op transsexual women? I don’t believe that transsexuals who make the choice to keep their penis (and that’s a very private and intimate choice) don’t deserve less respect or less rights than those who undergo SRS. Equality is to accept transsexuals the way they are, with the choices they make. It’s not to force them to comply to a standard. Will it come a time when transsexuals will not be accepted anymore unless they do SRS?
What would really be good for rights equality for transsexuals
If we want equality for transsexuals, then I believe we should show it in a bigger perspective. I mean we should accept, show same respect and grant same rights to all the transsexual women, whether they are pre-op, post-op or non-op. My proposition is to create a pageant that is as big as Miss Universe that would be for transsexual women only. To consider transsexual pageants as much as we consider traditional pageants. Because transsexualism is not a little thing anymore, it’s not anymore a taboo. No it’s very present and growing, and it’s also diversifying (not all transsexuals plan to do SRS, they want to be accepted even though they keep their male genitals) and so are and should be human rights considerations.
I know most of you in the transsexual community disagree with my point of view and consider the decision of MUO to be an advance in rights equality. My point of view might shock and I understand, especially coming from a man who has a ladyboy girlfriend. Comments are open, I believe many of you would like to debate about it 🙂