Men, have you ever fantasised about participating in a beauty pageant? If so, hop on a plane to France. Oh wait, you can’t. The French have closed their borders to UK travellers to try and contain the omicron variant.
Don’t fret, there’s always next year, maybe. The organisers of Miss France have just announced that the competition will be opened up to men, or transgender women as they call them.
According to The Times:
On the eve of last Saturday’s Miss France 2022 pageant, Élisabeth Moreno, the equality minister, criticised the contest, calling it outmoded and discriminatory. At a meeting with Laroche-Joubert, she said that the organisation ought to be opened to transgender candidates, like other contests around the world, including Miss Spain, Miss USA, Miss South Africa and Miss Panama.
In response, Alexia Laroche-Joubert, the newly appointed chairwoman of the Miss France organisation, said that the pageant will accept entries from trannies. However, she didn’t say when.
Back in 2016, when Francois Hollande was French President (remember that eejit?) French law was changed to make it much easier for men to identify as women and vice versa.
As a result of that, French folks need only show that they live in the identity of their new gender and have the approval of their family, friends and employers. They no longer need to demonstrate that they’ve had surgery or other treatment.
The current Miss France, Diane Leyre, describes herself as an ardent feminist. The question is, is she a trans-exclusionary feminist or TERF? Let’s hope so.
After all, there is no such thing as a transgender woman. There are men and there are women. Twas ever thus.