"Having a vagina doesn't make a woman."
Angela Ponce will become the first transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe competition pageant.
Ponce -- who is 27 years old -- sees herself as an activist and often gives talks to people struggling with transgender problems.
shoutout to the new Miss Universe Spain, a beautiful trans woman by the name of Angela Ponce pic.twitter.com/oYjron4tyh— ⚪️hungry~ (@femmetron9000) July 1, 2018
Guillermo Escobar, the president of Spain’s national beauty contest, praised Ponce's achievement.
“She is a pioneer, sending a message of equality and respect, but my hope is that we will eventually have many more candidates like her and this will no longer make the headlines,” he told The Times.
What's the other side saying:
Since Ponce has undergone
“When I hear that all the girls won’t be competing in equal conditions, I say that’s right, but only because I’ve actually had to make double the amount of efforts to get there, because I wasn’t gifted everything by nature," she said to The Times.
Twitter users' comments about Ponce touched on various issues often raised in the cultural debate over transgenderism.
For example, several users argued that a woman should be defined by her biological gender at birth.
The last time I was at my GYN, she confirmed I was indeed a woman. My mammogram also confirmed. Just because you think you’re a woman, doesn’t make you one. And Angela, insulting women won’t get you into our club.— Dutchess of Slackinshire (@slackinshire) July 14, 2018
A tongue-in-cheek tweet by user @Chaviva9 suggested that the desire to integrate transgender contestants into the Miss Universe competition was an example of identity politics run amok.
How can they call it Miss Universe if only people from this planet get to take part? — Amanda Gleaves (@Chaviva9) July 14, 2018
Let's give Miss Universe to natural born women, Angela. I love you. You represent us but we have our own competition and that is Miss Int'l Queen. Be proud of who we are, you are Gay/transgender not a woman. We can fight equality and our rights in so many ways not just this.— J H D (@joherndep) July 15, 2018
David French, writing in the National Review in May, spelled out the concerns many conservatives have about what to many on the left is a simple matter of humanity, inclusion, and respect for basic human dignity.
French, acknowledging that "gender dysphoria is a 'persistent aspect of humanity,'" wrote that he confused to "concede that gender dysphoria trumps biology," or that "our culture should cease efforts towards 'ending' the dangerous notion that men or women should amputate healthy organs in the quest to sculpt their bodies to become something they’re not."
"Our culture is in the midst of a live and important dispute over the very nature of biological reality — and over the psychological and spiritual health of hundreds of thousands of precious souls — and now is not the time to abandon the field," he added.
French argued that "