Many individuals wait with baited anticipation for the Academy Awards show to see wins “the best” in the film industry when it comes to performances, special effects, film, etc. The little man of gold is the goal for Hollyweird performers. But, this year, like the last, it is surrounded by controversy because Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have condemned the Academy for its lack of diversity, repeating last year’s #OscarsSoWhite movement. In response, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced they would remedy the situation by changing the rules and organizational structure to “boost diversity” among its members. It’s another reason to continue a boycott of the Academy Awards since awards should be based on performance and not skin color.
The Academy Awards and AMPAS are not the only performance awarding show and industry to garner controversy.
If you are a male, adventurous and wish to compete in the Olympic games, there’s hope for you. All you need to do is declare yourself a female, reduce your testosterone levels to below 10 nmol/L for 12 months prior to the games, and you can compete in the women’s games. The men meeting this criteria can even keep their current “equipment” — no gender altering surgery required.
The new transgender guidelines approved by the International Olympic Committee states, “To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights.” Males who identify as females can make their declaration to compete in the women’s events but the declaration cannot be changed for sporting purposes and must remain in place for four years at a minimum. The “transgender” individual has to keep their testosterone level below the limit of 10 nmol/L for the entire period of eligibility.
For all the males who were inadequate in sports, you can now compete in the Olympics against women as a woman without having to alter your gender, just your testosterone level, and maintain the identity as a woman for a minimum of four years.
The IOC held a “Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism” in November at which they created the new guidelines, loosening prior rules adopted in 2004 to allow transgender athletes into the Games. The previous rules required that transgender athletes must have undergone external genitalia changes and removal of gonads, as well as obtaining legal recognition of their assigned sex from appropriate official authorities.
The new guidelines attempt to justify themselves by citing various societies’ acceptance of fluid gender identity, writing, “Since the 2003 Stockholm Consensus on Sex Reassignment in Sports, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of autonomy of gender identity in society, as reflected in the laws of many jurisdictions worldwide.”
Well, the “Stockholm Consensus on Sex Reassignment in Sports” has spoken so it warrants the international recognition of mentally ill individuals in sports. Now that the “transgender” mental illness warrants a place in the international competition of athletes, this same “Stockholm ‘trans-‘ Syndrome” will need to address the mental illness of individuals declaring “no gender identity” to compete as well. After all, it’s about the “notion of human rights.”