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What is the definition for “woman” these days?

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Photo taken from CNN.com

I was reading an article on CNN today about a transgendered woman who was kicked out of the Miss Universe pageant, but then later readmitted.

The Miss Universe Organization said she met the “gender recognition requirements.”

I’m not sure what those requirements are or how you could go about finding out if someone meets them – well legally.

If someone considers himself a woman or a man, can you tell him that he isn’t?

Can I call myself a man and keep all of my womanly attributes and still wear women’s clothing?

With all of the new medical technologies and changing social rules, are the definitions for men and women changing?

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4 Responses

  1. SecondhandRose says:

    Regardless of how surgically altered a person becomes, whatever the DNA says you are is what you are. If you’re a man who has transgender surgery to become a woman, your DNA is still MALE DNA, that means you’re a male and there’s nothing you can do about it. Change your driver’s license, change your name, put on a wig and wear a dress – as far as your genes and your DNA goes, you’re still a man, honey.

  2. Charley says:

    So Elise, it is “regular” women who are the victims of discrimination, not transgendered people? Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, why don’t you.

  3. Duane says:

    Wow! The word “woman” is now offensive?? What’s the PC term, now? Females of Earth?

  4. Elise says:

    Transgender “women” is a term that’s offensive to real women. People are so concerned with the feelings of Transgenders that they’re not realizing how hurtful they are to being regular people.