What could beauty pageants and women’s Olympic basketball possibly have in common?
Up until two weeks ago, the only common thread I could think of was women. But after a few news segments, these two contests appear to be in for some legal posturing that might change them forever.
For years I have seen numerous television shows that were dedicated to boys who sometime during their childhood felt that they were really a girl inside – even though they were born male.
During their childhood they preferred to play with dolls instead of playing cowboys and Indians – they preferred sneaking into pretty dresses and Mary Jane’s instead kahki’s, an Oxford shirt and tie.
Recently, several shows have gone into great detail of how some of these children when they get into their late teens or twenties are deciding to get hormone treatments so they will lose some of their hair and start developing breasts. That is usually the first step in a long process in becoming a woman.
In most situations, that is enough. Many men who start the transition in becoming a woman delay the final procedure – sexual reassignment – in where their male is partially removed and the remainder is used to create a vagina.
Enough about all the physical transition.
It was necessary to briefly talk about that last physical change because that is the piece that needs to take place in many situations for this new person, if you will, to be legally acknowledged as a woman.
In some cases, that final step has to be made at a point in time. By that I mean just like a person cannot vote until he or she is 18, there are certain things a person who goes through a sex change cannot do until five years have passed since the sex change. I have no idea as to why but that is the rule in certain situations.
So, how does all this matter to beauty pageants and Olympic basketball?
In the case of beauty pageants, Miss Universe in particular, it is hard enough for contestants who are born as women to compete and win the title. I personally believe that it would take an exceptional person to be born as a man and then to go through a sex change and become a woman beautiful enough to effectively complete against women who have been competing in pageants most of their lives. By that I mean that men usually have stronger features and women have softer, feminine features and it would be hard for one to be born with more handsome, stronger features to compete in a contest where the majority of contestants are usually a little shorter, slighter built, and have softer lovelier features.
There are exceptions, however, and I think some men probably have a combination of both genders at birth even though they appear to be a male. So, when someone having some female features decides to transition, it becomes a smoother transition – especially in appearance.
Here is where the glitch comes in. When the contest is only on a physical appearance basis, i. e. a beauty pageant, I have no problem with that. It doesn’t require lifting weights or throwing a shot put or even dunking a basketball.
The truth is I believe the transgendered woman is usually at a disadvantage in a beauty pageant – especially if the judges and the audience is aware that a given contestant went through sexual reassignment surgery – but if “she” really wants to compete, then I am all for it.
The woman in question who is trying to compete in this Miss Universe Pageant is truly beautiful – she has beautiful facial features, a lovely figure, and great legs – but for some reason, when I look at her, I find myself trying to find something that will detract from her appearance – maybe in a way to insure that a biologically born woman wins the competition – but I do not know why. I am sure the judges will take one end of the argument or another – some will be rooting for “her” specifically because of her transition while others will do what I am doing – possibly with not evening knowing they are doing it. She would be better off if no one knew of her sexual reassignment surgery – i.e. that they all thought she was born a woman.
Here is a link to the Huffington Post that contains a couple of photos of her.
Please try not to mentally disqualify her because she is either too tall or because her legs might be too thin or her shoulders might be to broad or because she has an “adams apple” or maybe her voice might be too deep.” Some of the judge’s will do enough of that!
So, let’s shift to Women’s Olympic Basketball. Generally, men tend to be taller, on average, than women and from what I have seen on television and on the internet, many men who go through sexual reassignment tend to be on the taller side – not that that is a requirement, but more than not, I feel comfortable saying that the men who transition are probably taller than the average woman – even those playing college basketball. Again, I might be wrong.
So, when it comes to women’s basketball, a man who has gone through sexual reassignment would have a greater chance of being taller than many of the women on a given team – including the women selected to represent the USA in the Women’s Olympics.
The lady who is in the news who was born a man and now is a woman who wants to play for the USA in the 2016 Olympics is 7’ tall. Considering that the tallest female player in college is 6’8”, allowing a transgendered female so much taller would change the complexion of the women’s games and whoever she played for would have an unfair advantage. Therefore, I do not believe the Olympic Committee should permit her to play.
For those of you who need a visual to appreciate what a 7’ female – especially one who was born a male – would do to women’s Olympic basketball, please click on this link.
Also, because she is broader and stronger than any female basketball player she could potentially compete with, she could literally push anyone around under the net.
In closing, my opinion is that if anyone feels that they are someone else inside they should be able to do what they feel is necessary to physically become who they feel they really are.
Everyone does not have to buy into what another person does regarding the transition from one gender to another but at the same time I do not feel others should look down on anyone who makes changes they feel the need to make to become who they need to.