This week, a transgender contestant named Kataluna Enriquez was crowned the winner in Nevada’s Miss USA beauty pageant. The pageant victory is being treated as a trailblazing win. If anything, it is proof of our society’s erasure of women. Kataluna Enriquez, a transgender woman, won Miss Nevada USA in June 2021. (FOX5 Las Vegas/YouTube)
LGBT activists tell women that men can be better women than them
Kimberly Ross July 02, 07:00 AM July 02, 07:00 AM
This week, a transgender contestant named Kataluna Enriquez was crowned the winner in Nevada’s Miss USA beauty pageant. The pageant victory is being treated as a trailblazing win. If anything, it is proof of our society’s erasure of women.
There has been much debate over whether transgender individuals should compete in athletic events. Clearly, a physical advantage exists as males are naturally stronger and faster than their female counterparts. It is unfair to allow them on the playing field, for they so often dominate.
The same holds true for the pageant or any other competitive circuit. It is true that hormone therapy and surgery can change voice and appearance to a substantial degree. But this does not mean transgender individuals who look and sound like a woman should be allowed to compete against biological women. Looks can deceive, but DNA is stubborn. And it is impossible to transition fully to the opposite sex.
Decades after feminism stormed its way onto the cultural scene, sexism is not only allowed but applauded. Whether it’s an athletic event or a beauty contest, women are being told that men can be better women than them. This is the height of misogyny and an ironic new chapter after years of supposed progress.
It is difficult to look at these “advancements” and not wonder if women simply no longer matter. If the innate, immutable qualities of femininity aren’t respected, then so-called gender progress is not actually being achieved. By allowing those who aren’t women to compete against women, the worth of the latter is significantly reduced. This is not any kind of equality.
In response to Enriquez’s win, Anthony Allen Ramos of GLAAD said, “Kataluna Enriquez being crowned Miss Nevada is a huge win for trans visibility and sends a powerful, but simple message to the world: trans women are women.” In reality, transgender women are not women, and stating anything to the contrary does not make it true. Transgender men and transgender women are just that: transgender. There continues to be the need for this qualifier. The single term “man” or “woman” doesn’t fit for obvious reasons. No matter the choices made by others, the sacred qualities of male and female must be protected and preserved.
There seems to be little that women can do in the face of such violations. Women are supposed to accept when someone who is born male demands to be seen as one of them in a competitive setting. This is disrespectful, downright offensive behavior. It should not be accepted.
Standing in opposition to the demands of the transgender movement is seen as hateful. But no one is saying that adults who choose to transition should be barred from doing so. Individual freedom is important. Transgender individuals should be allowed to make their own decisions regarding their bodies and lifestyles. But when the rest of society is forced to agree with personal perspectives that forcefully ignore the established biology of others, a line has been crossed. Eventually, norms will be dismantled to the detriment of society as a whole.
As more of this imposed gender dishonesty occurs, women will be told to grin and bear it. Women will have to comply and make way for those who aren’t women. This will continue to be labeled as history-making and praised by activists. In reality, it is just sexism by another name.
Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog and a columnist at Arc Digital.
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