At the height of Jenna issue, one might think that gay people will come into the defense of the beleaguered beauty but boy, it turns out to be the other way around. Well in fact, gay people are the most vocal antis in Jenna’s quest for “equality”. How come that the people who are yearning for equality and tolerance turned out to be hostile towards the recognition of a minority who also crave the same things?
Of course, this is a sweeping generalization. Not all gay people are against to the participation of transsexuals at Miss Universe. However, a lot of gay men like beauty pageants and what they think about the ongoing changes in the pageantry world are very crucial. They form as the solid and most fervent fans despite the fact that not all gay men like beauty pageants.
To understand the psyche behind the opposition of gays to Jenna’s participation at Miss Universe Canada, it is important to delineate gay men into two. First, there are effeminate gays – people who think they are women trapped inside a men’s body. Second there are men who are attracted to fellow men, a practice they seek to be considered as a social norm considering that such practice was prevalent in Ancient Greece or even in Ancient Persia. But of course, these are broad generalizations. Homosexuality is a complicated subject to tackle after all.
The two groups of gay men however are, surprisingly, generally opposed to the participation of transsexuals at beauty pageants for women like Miss Universe. The first group, the effeminate gays, are generally act like women, think and feel like women. But these groups knew that while they wish to become women, they will never become one. They are like commoners who yearn to become royals but they knew it is not possible and such yearnings are simply harbored into fantasies and dreams. As such anyone who breaks through the realm of fantasies and forces it to become a reality becomes a villain simply because it reduces that unachievable fantasy into banality. It’s like bringing down the heavens and in the process dashing its perceived priceless value.
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For the second group of gay men, their irk towards Jenna is completely understandable. They completely know the line that divides a biological man from a biological woman. Any confusion between the two is taboo. This group never see themselves as confused with their gender in the first place for they knew they are men but they never had any desire towards women. Thus, transsexuals participating at the pageants like Miss Universe are perceived as people who crossed the line. This group of people abhors any biological alteration and is completely at odds with the idea of sex change.
These broad strokes of generalizations and assumptions of course are still debatable. For example, the opposition to these changes has individual reasons based on culture, religion and or beliefs of an individual. Perhaps if we are to offer a general answer, the best one would be the fact that all people, regardless of color or creed are instinctively resistant to changes. Having a transsexual at the Big4 pageant is a very drastic change.
The opposition towards the participation of transsexuals for pageants designed exclusively for women may be viewed as a form of intolerance. But many reasons for this opposition are not simply derived from the thinking or ideals from the boondocks. Many ideas against this change in the pageantry world are well in fact civilized even eloquent and are varied.
Do you oppose the participation of transsexuals at the Big4 pageants? If so, what are your reasons? Do you consider yourself as intolerant or a bigot for opposing? Do you think that your reasons are civilized and thus valid?
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