While Allred's assertion of Talackova's gender as valid and important is reassuring, the argument that because Talackova has "appropriate" identity documents, her status as a woman is more valid than it would be without them is frustrating for many transgender and gender-variant people.
The Miss Universe organization needs to make a public statement saying that it is working to revise its policy once and for all so that the competition is open to all women, and it must set a deadline for the written revision of the policy.
Transvestites in the Animal Kingdom are actually very common. Males appear as females and females appear as males for diverse reasons in diverse animal groups.
OK, gang, forget everything you think you know about Angola. Are you done forgetting? Good. May I ask what, exactly, you forgot?
He was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list for twelve years. But Whitey Bulger was ultimately brought down by Miss Congeniality. No, not Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock's eponymous female FBI character in the 2000 film), but Anna Bjornsdottir.
At the Miss Universe pageant, Africa was represented beautifully by all of its delegates. These women displayed confidence, poise and grace. Each woman should be so proud of the job they did representing their respective countries.
Last week women around the world observed the 100th celebration of International Women's Day. One woman not discussed was Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943, who passed away on Sunday night.
If the Philippines wants to get its act together and live up to its potential, it needs to demand more of itself. It can achieve this by ending its acceptance of the lowest common denominator.
When images of physical beauty serve to diminish the depth of a woman, we should reject them and when they restore an appreciation of that which has been devalued then we should feel free to enjoy them.
While some are hailing Haiti's participation in the Miss Universe pageant as an accomplishment, I can't help but wonder if a beauty queen is really what the country needs right now.