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He-turned-She Beauty Pageant Contestant paves way for Discrimination against Women

| May 18, 2012

Jenna at Miss Universe

He-turned-She Beauty Pageant Contestant paves way for Discrimination against Women

Last night, a 6’1” man named “Jenna” made history when he competed in the Miss Universe Canada pageant.

Jenna, who was born “Walter,” has been surgically/hormonally “re-gendered” to look like a woman. He was originally banned from the beauty competition because he didn’t meet the “born female” requirement. But famous feminist lawyer and women’s rights advocate, Gloria Allred, quickly took up his cause. Allred argued that the rule that a contestant has to be a “naturally born female” to compete against females was “blatantly discriminatory.” And pageant owner, Donald Trump, agreed.

Whoa. So now feminists believe that you don’t have to be a naturally born female to compete against females? Think about the implications of that for a moment. It doesn’t bode well for women in sports, does it?

Because if you consistently apply Allred’s reasoning, a Walter-turned-Jenna ought to be allowed to compete against females in other venues too. It’s the next logical step.

Take the Olympics, for example. What if 6’1” Walter-turned-Jennas were allowed to race against our “naturally born female” daughters in the women’s 100 meter sprint? Jump quads against them in women’s figure skating?  And take them to the mat in women’s wrestling?

I’m a tall woman, just shy of 6’. But a Walter-turned-Jenna has 50% greater total muscle mass than me. Even at the same height and weight, I would only be 80% as strong. He has a larger heart and larger lungs, and greater amounts of red blood cells flowing through his veins. If a Walter-turned-Jenna jogged at 50% of his capacity, I would need to work at over 70% of my capacity to keep up. His bone structure, the angle of alignment of his elbows, pelvis, and other male skeletal distinctives would also give him an advantage over me in most sports. His femaleness is a facade. No amount of gender-reassignment surgery and artificial hormones can change the maleness of his DNA. Each cell in his body remains distinctly male.

If a natural born woman competes against a he-turned-she, the odds of winning are not in the natural born woman’s favor. So in the end, Allred’s feminist “advocacy for women” will end up favoring those who were born male and discriminating against those who were born female.

Women will lose. And the ideology that purports to better the lives of women ends up harming women. It’s the ultimate irony, isn’t it?

But I guess it just goes to show what happens when people ignore God, and assume the right to self-define.

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  1. Dave says:

    Because if you consistently apply Allred’s reasoning, a Walter-turned-Jenna ought to be allowed to compete against females in other venues too. It’s the next logical step. Take the Olympics, for example …

    If by next logical step you meant previous step, then yes. The International Olympic Committee policy applied already back at the 2004 Olympics basically says at-least-two-years-of-hormone-treatments.

  2. Pam Thomas says:

    Hi Mary. Your article is spot on. Google Mechelle Dumaresq

    100 Percent Woman: The Story of Michelle Dumaresq
    Michelle Dumaresq, a post-operative transsexual, competes in the women’s division of a mountain bike race. Competitors believe she has unfair physical advantages and protest her victory.

  3. The logic does NOT extend to athletics. The medical alterations (for lack of a less nauseating way to express it) that allow Walter/Jenna the ability to even bother competing are cosmetic. No amount of medical procedures (at least under the science that we have today) could “level the playing field” for athletics. You even enumerated the gender differences at great length (and properly ascribed them to DNA — not cosmetic surgery).

    Yes, Allred’s logic is quite fallacious. But applying more fallacious logic — particularly of the slippery-slope variety — does nothing useful to confront her error. If anything, it fuels her cause.

    • Mary Kassian says:

      Brendt, thanks for your comment. My point was to demonstrate that her logic is fallacious by pointing out its slippery-slope end, and thus, hopefully, stop the madness.

      • Dianna says:

        I’m aware this is an old post and an old comment, but you’re aware that “slippery slope” is, itself, a logical fallacy, right? Saying, say, allowing assault weapons to be legal will next lead to tanks being legal is a logical fallacy – it supposes consequences of an action that one cannot prove and are purely speculative.

        Saying that Allred’s logic is fallacious because she fails to recognize the slippery slope is, in itself, a fallacy.

      • Anonymous says:

        You do understand that your logic is inherently flawed, right? There is a major logical fallacy called Slippery Slope which is all about how you cannot just extend someone’s argument to the point where it causes problems and call that logic. If you want to debate something, provide a counterargument rather than bastardize the other persons argument.

        • Kamilla says:


          It seems you have a couple commenters repeating the religious feminist talking points. Dianna Anderson and the Anonymous commenter forget that the “slippery slope” is only a fallacy when it occurs as a form of the “non sequitur” but is not a fallacy when the top and bottom of the slope, as it were, are shown to have a causal connection. This connection doesn’t have to be logically necessary, direct or obvious – one can legitimtely make a “slippery slope” argument based on something like a cumulative case.


  4. Rebekah says:

    Beauty pageants are inherently discriminatory against women, man-turned-woman competing or not. Miss World and its ilk are not healthy for women full stop, and are pernicious because it’s a competition based on beauty – totally detrimental and derogatory.

    • Akash says:

      I do not how beauty contests our discriminatory to women as men have competitions on muscle size..etc

      I do believe though that beauty contests are harmful to women and am amazed at how many women are attracted to them

      • Rebekah says:

        Akash, great point. Of course, the “male versions” of beauty pageants, whether world’s strongest man, Mr. Universe etc., are also incredibly demeaning to men. There are so many pressures on men, too, to fit some kind of societal norms, we only have to look at the world of advertising to see that. Since this was about a female beauty pageant, that is what I focused my comment on.

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