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No such thing as a natural-born woman
« on: May 19, 2012, 08:42:56 am »
No such thing as a natural-born woman
The category of women - and men, too - are human inventions, not facts of nature ... and many of us do not fit those categories
By Peter McKnight, Vancouver Sun May 19, 2012 3:06 AM

Whatever happens tonight at the Miss Universe Canada com-petition in Toronto, one thing is for certain: The winner will not be a natural-born woman.

Now by saying this, I am not predicting a victory for Vancouver's own Jenna Talackova, the transgender beauty who four years ago had sex reassignment surgery. As a result, she found herself disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition because she is not a "natural-born" woman, though she was reinstated by competition owner Donald Trump in time for tonight's pageant.


Now in reality, biological phenomena are continuous, not discrete, so not everyone fits neatly into the male or female categories. Sex is always a messy affair, and "male" and "female" are categories humans have created to allow us to make sense of this mess, to understand sex despite the infinite variations nature produces.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde