A Gender-less Oscar


by Chris Bodenner

Kim Elsesser makes the case:

While it is certainly acceptable for sports competitions like the Olympics to have separate events for male and female athletes, the biological differences do not affect acting performances. The divided Oscar categories merely insult women, because they suggest that women would not be victorious if the categories were combined. In addition, this segregation helps perpetuate the stereotype that the differences between men and women are so great that the two sexes cannot be evaluated as equals in their professions.

(Hilary Swank won Best Actress for her portrayal of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry.)