Man-in-a-dress Anita Green is a “trailblazer on the pageant circuit,” we are told by Willamette Week.
In their report, Green is described as “only the third openly transgender contestant in the history of the Miss Universe program.” We’re not sure you can call the third person to do something a “trailblazer,” but that’s neither here nor there. Green’s quest to blaze them trails came to an abrupt halt this year when he tried to register for the United States of America Miss Oregon pageant. The organizers rejected Green’s application, returned his entry fee, and informed him that it was a “natural” pageant – the kind of insane thing people have to say now instead of: Uh, this ain’t a drag show, dude.
In an interview, Green touted himself as a pioneer against oppression.
“This is about giving minorities a voice,” he said. “I believe I’m beautiful, and I want to set an example for all women—cisgender and transgender—that beauty doesn’t have to fit into specific molds.”
Yes, well, that’s something that can easily be done without masquerading as something you’re not. No one’s saying you can’t be a “man in a dress.” No one’s saying you can’t be “beautiful” as a man in a dress. All we’re saying – all the pageant organizers are saying – is that being a man in a dress does not make you a woman. Somehow, we all used to understand this basic fact.
Green is of course suing the pageant organizers.
“I felt as though I was being invalidated,” Green said. “I felt as though the organization was saying I am not a woman and I’m not woman enough.”
Well, at least he gets credit for understanding the message.
Naturally, LGBT activists are rushing to the scene. Mikki Gillette of Basic Rights Oregon explained to Willamette Week how “harmful” it is for people to refuse to play pretend with transgenders.
“The last decade or so has seen a real broadening of visibility for transgender people,” said Gillette, who is also transgender. “But this kind of message that ‘you’re not really a woman’ is so harmful—for the person it’s said to and for young people growing up, trying to understand their place in the world.”
Really? Was it harmful to young people when everyone in the country was telling Rachel Dolezal that she wasn’t actually black? Oh, no, that was different, because reasons.
We’d love to feel confident that this lawsuit will meet its quick and decisive end before a reasonable judge, but with the way things are going, we’ll actually be surprised if it goes that way. The law, along with basic science itself, is being twisted and contorted to satisfy an unbelievably-tiny portion of the population and their bizarre ideas about biology. The hope that, one day, we’ll all just snap out of it is rapidly dwindling.