Bureaucrats have quietly redefined the word “woman” in the annual NSW Woman of the Year awards, allowing men who “self-identify” as woman to enter and possibly win.
New nominations have just opened up for the prestigious government-run gong for 2022 and the first condition of entry states it is open to anyone who “identifies as a woman”.
Womens Forum chief executive Rachael Wong said while the change may come from a genuine desire to be inclusive, “it’s ultimately exclusive of actual women who have contributed so much to our society”.
“By allowing biological males who identify as women to be nominated for ‘Woman of the Year’, the NSW Government is basically saying that men can be better at being women than we can,” she said.
“It’s insulting and yet another attempt to erase women from the public sphere.”
Feminist Legal Clinic principal lawyer Anna Kerr argues the inclusion of males who identify as women erodes the category of woman, “effectively rendering it meaningless”.
“This impairs recognition of women’s rights based on their sex,” she said. “What is the point of awards for women if men can also compete for them?
“The meaning of the word ‘woman’ should not be changed to include men.
“Feminists support challenges to sex-based stereotypes but we still retain an awareness of basic biological realities.
“In other words, we have no issue with a man choosing to wear a dress but we don’t lose sight of the fact that he is still male.”