While the world debates whether or not transgender athletes can fairly compete in female sports, the results of a recent beauty pageant shows that biological males are taking opportunities away from women in other areas as well.
Being crowned as a state’s representative to the Miss USA pageant is usually reserved for the woman whose beauty, poise, talent, and character exemplify what it means to be a pageant winner. Although beauty pageants can be controversial, Miss USA and its state competitions remain very popular. The pageant, which has been held annually since 1952, says it “celebrates women of all cultures and backgrounds and empowers them to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success.”
In essence, the competition allows women to be recognized for their femininity and hard work.
This year, however, for the first time ever, a biological woman was not named “Miss Nevada USA.” Instead, the title was awarded to a biological male.
Kataluna Enriquez, a biological male who identifies as a woman and began competing in beauty pageants last year, was recently named Miss Nevada USA and will go on to compete for Miss USA.
“One thing that is important for me is inclusivity, diversity, and representation. It’s something I did not have growing up and is still lacking in today’s world. Today I am a proud transgender woman of color. Personally, I’ve learned that my differences do not make me less than, it makes me more than,” Enriquez said.
The “more than” contestant was named Miss Nevada USA over 21 other biological women.
The first transgender Miss Nevada USA arrives as debates over transgender participation in women’s activities take place around the world. For example, Laurel Hubbard, who competed as a male weightlifter until the age of 35, when he began identifying as a woman at the age of 35 and breaking records in women’s weightlifting events, will be the first publicly transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics.
Belgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen said of Hubbard’s selection for the New Zealand Olympic team, “Life-changing opportunities are missed for some athletes — medals and Olympic qualifications — and we are powerless. Of course, this debate is taking place in a broader context of discrimination against transgender people and that is why the question is never free of ideology.”
Many state legislatures agree, as at least nine states have recently passed laws barring transgenders from competing in female sports. Florida is the latest state to pass such a prohibition.
The debate over transgender involvement in women’s activities and women’s spaces goes beyond sports and pageants. Many K-12 schools are requiring that transgenders be allowed in women’s private spaces, including hotel rooms on overnight school trips. The Virginia Department of Education recently put out a new policy document mandating that all public schools create an “inclusive” environment for transgenders and gender identity that includes opening up private spaces and eliminating gender-specific events like prom courts and father-daughter dances.
This follows a Biden administration order directing public colleges and universities to not only allow biological males to compete in women’s sports but also to use women’s private spaces, such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and dorms.
College of the Ozarks, a Christian school in Missouri, sued over Biden’s directive private spaces directive and has since appealed the initial district court ruling that upheld the new policy.
The comment, “My differences do not make me less than, it makes me more than,” perfectly sums up the entire debate over transgenderism.
In the left’s distorted worldview, transgender women are “more than” biological women and, as such, their desires matter more than the safety of all other women and their access to equal opportunity. This attitude is reflected by those who support transgender participation in female-only activities but possibly even more so by the transgender participants themselves.
In their obsession with transgender rights, no one among the woke seems to care about how transgender participation in pageants and sports harms women and girls or the opportunities they lose out on, including scholarships, medals, and the chance to participate in once-in-a-lifetime experiences like the Olympics or a national pageant.
In sports, males have a distinct biological advantage over women, essentially granting men a stolen victory at the expense of females. When biological males are allowed into private spaces such as women’s bathrooms and dorms, women and girls are placed in psychologically distressing and physically dangerous situations.
And what about the feelings of the 21 women who competed in Miss Nevada but were denied their opportunity to compete in Miss USA? Imagine all the work these women have put in only to be told that they weren’t good enough.
Are we really to believe that the most beautiful and feminine “woman” in Nevada is a biological male? Nothing could be more disrespectful to these women — and women everywhere — than to affirm the delusion that even when it comes to being a woman, a male is superior.