Why transsexual beauty, Jenna Talackova, shouldn't be readmitted to the Miss Universe Canada competition

Jenna Talackova
Our culture believes in the illusion that all competitions should be fair, that competitors should win based on hard work and merit as opposed to factors outside of their control. We forget that every competition is governed by rules that unfairly favor certain types of people. Basketball favors the tall, quiz shows favor those with great memories, and surfing favors those fortunate enough to grow up in beach communities.


Like all of the other contestants, Talackova wanted public validation of her feminine beauty. By entering this beauty pageant, she agreed to be judged by the rules set forth by the pageant's governing organization. This included the stipulation that she had to be born a genetic female.


Jenna Talackova
Before you start feeling sorry for Talackova, realize that she will get more positive media attention from being kicked out of the competition than she would have for winning it as a woman. Plenty of people, particularly the other contestants, might see this media favoritism as unfair. It is. Such is life. You have to make the best of your situation, whether that be coming to terms with the fact that you'll never be pretty enough to compete in a beauty pageant or cashing in on your new found fame as the hottest transsexual in the universe.


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Transgendered beauty queen, Jenna Talackova

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Transgendered beauty queen, Jenna Talackova

After Jenna Talackova, 23, was booted from the Miss Universe Canada pageant for being born a genetic male, a petition went around to get her reinstated to the competition. For some reason many people think it's unfair to ban a transsexual from a beauty competition while it's completely admissible to eliminate fat, deformed, or just plain ugly competitors, or to strip the crowns from women caught in nude photo and sex tape scandals.

Beauty pageants are necessarily based on arbitrary rules, as beauty is largely subjective. These contests evaluate women based on current conventions of what makes a woman elegant and refined. The organizers decided that transgendered women are unfit to compete for the same reasons their competition eliminates men, women who look like men, women who refuse to strip down to their bathing suits, women with full body tattoos, and the wide range of women who do not fit into the organization's narrow definition of beauty.

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