How humiliating and disheartening must it be for a Miss Universe pageant contestant to lose to a āwomanā with a penis and testicles?
That, regrettably, is not a hypothetical question. Thatās exactly what happened to real young women earlier this year in preliminary pageants in two European nations, Portugal and the Netherlands.
On Saturday night, those countries will be represented by a pair of transgender faux females at the 72nd annual Miss Universe pageant.
To borrow a vintage 55-year-old advertising line from Virginia Slims cigarettes, āYouāve come a long way, Baby.ā Just not in the way Phillip Morris envisioned it in 1968.
And there may be yet more humiliation and heartbreak ahead for the XX-chromosomed real women participating in the pageant this weekend. Donāt discount the possibility that either āMissā Portugal, Marina Machete, or āMissā Netherlands, Rikkie Valerie Kolle, could walk away with the sash and tiara this weekend in El Salvador.
Thatās because the CEO of the company that now owns and operates the Miss Universe pageant, JKN Global Group, is Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, a Thai man who himself insists heās a woman, biology to the contrary notwithstanding.
His modus operandi for the pageant appears to be āif it aināt broke, break it.āĢż
āTrans women are women, full stop,ā the Miss Universe Organization declared after Machete won the Portuguese crown. (āFull stopā? Really? At the risk of a double entendre here, they ā¦ umm ā¦ forgot the āperiod.ā Or maybe the omission was intentional.)
Last November, shortly after acquiring the pageant, Jakrajutatip vowed to the Bangkok Post newspaper: āWe will adopt a new concept, āOne universe,ā in which opportunities to participate in the competition will be given also to trans women and married women, and fairness in the contest judging will be ensured.ā (emphasis added)
And we all know how the unhinged Left spells āfairnessā: D-E-I, as in ādiversity, equity and inclusion.āĢż
āThis will be the first beauty contest with real gender equality and inclusion,ā Jakrajutatip averred.Ģż
Not quite. āMissā Portugal and āMissā Netherlands arenāt the first transgender āwomenā to compete for the Miss Universe crown. In 2018, Angela Ponce, āMiss Spain,ā beat them to it, but finished out of the Top 10 finalists.
The Portuguese and Dutch contestants will be competing against 90 real women from around the world, including, for the first time, a contestant from Pakistan.
Ten other countries have withdrawn from this yearās pageant, though itās unknown whether any of them did so to protest the participation of the faux females.
Italy did the next best thing: It barred transgender āwomenā from its Miss Universe competition, stipulating that its contestants “must be a woman from birth.ā (Miss Italy is not affiliated with the Miss Universe Organization, however, and the Miss Italy Universe pageant is a separate contest, according to CNN.)
Even if the Miss Universe pageant werenāt owned by a transgender person, it wouldnāt be entirely surprising that biological men have been allowed into the competition, given that so many other endeavors heretofore reserved exclusively for real women have been invaded by these intersex interlopers, most notably high school and collegiate athletics.Ģż
So has the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and earlier this month, Glamour magazine named as one of its seven āwomen of the yearā a transgender model, whom one critic ridiculed on Glamourās Instagram page as āa man in a dress.ā
Whatās just as disconcerting is the deafening silence of liberal ācisgenderā women who purport to champion womenās rights but who wonāt stand up for the real girls and women being cheated out of athletic awards and scholarshipsāor, in this case, pageant titles.
As recently as 2015, the Miss Universe pageant was co-owned by Donald Trump, who, for the past couple of years, has spoken out forcefully against allowing faux females to interlope in girlsā and womenās sports.Ģż
Maybe the once-and-(perhaps)-future president should buy the pageant back and make the Miss Universe pageant great again. Or at least make it all-XX chromosomes again.
- Peter Parisi is a former editor for The Washington Times.
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