Con: Talackova has made a mockery of pageants

Jenna Talackova, 2012 Miss Universe pageant contestant, gives a new meaning to the term playing both sides of the field.

The Miss Universe pageant has always been a tournament that was meant to show a woman’s true morals and integrity. Not only are competitors expected to show external beauty, but their individual principles are tested as well.

Since the competition’s inception in 1952, the Miss Universe committee has judged all its contestants by the same standards. For those standards to suddenly be changed in order to allow a male-born contestant to compete is wrong.

The Miss Universe pageant winner has to be a person who embodies their international values and ethics.
Jenna Talackova on the other hand lived the first 14 years of her life as a male, not beginning hormone therapy until the middle of her teenage years.  Talackova did not complete her sex change surgeries until age 19, and even then she lacks the two X chromosomes to be considered genetically female.

Just because a male surgically reconstructs his genitals and gets breast implants, he shouldn’t expect a beauty pageant to allow him to compete.

Women who are chosen to represent their nations on the competitive stage should exude natural beauty. Talackova’s beauty comes from the skill and vision of her plastic surgeons not from her natural grace.

What kind of impression are the judges giving if they reward contestants based on artificial beauty rather than what they are born with?  Jenna Talackova was born Walter Talackova in 1989;  physically she might fit the description of a female but genetically she is still male.

Talackova has made a mockery of the many real women who compete for the title of Miss Canada, and is planning to do it again to the Miss Universe pageant as a whole.

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Con: Talackova has made a mockery of pageants