Neither man nor woman, quite the opposite

The upcoming Canadian Screen Awards, the event celebrating the best in Canadian film and television, will be gender neutral.

Instead of giving awards for Best Female Role and Best Male Role, we only give one award for Best Role.

Why? Because we are in the year 2022. And in the year 2022 it is very ugly to speak of “men” and “women” in progressive circles. But I already predict that this initiative will not solve any problems, but on the contrary will create new ones. Awakened are never happy and in their eyes we are never awake enough.


The director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (which organizes the gala) said the decision was “to better support potential candidates who are non-binary and/or non-gender identified.”

We have arrived. Just saying the words “male” and “female” is considered backward, intolerant and equated with a lack of openness.

If you’re non-binary, don’t identify with any gender. So you don’t know if you should sign up for best male or best female role.

But if you are transgender, on the contrary, it seems to me that you want to fit into the category of gender that you have transitioned to! For example, Elliott Page, the transgender male comedian, wouldn’t he want to enter the Best Male Role category? It seems to me that this would be the consecration of his transition.

We would have to make a choice: do we encourage people to transition from one gender to another, or do we eliminate gender stereotypes entirely?

The gender-neutral gala announcement had barely been made public when it was challenged. Jo Vannicola, who once won a twin for best actress, is now non-binary. This person heads Actra’s LGBT committee and told the media that categories shouldn’t be removed, they should be added! For example, a Best Transgender Actress category and a transgender woman might fit into both Best Female Role and Best Transgender Role categories.

In short, because the Academy wants to be “inclusive”, it is already being criticized… for not being inclusive enough!

At the next gala, the first time we’ve given a non-gendered award, if a man wins, will the women cry out against sexism? Should we ensure that awards are only given to women to offset all the discrimination women face? If the award goes to a straight woman, will bisexual non-binary people yell “heteronormativity”?


I have an idea. To avoid harassment in the dressing room, we are making sure that from now on all galas (music, cinema, television, etc.) simply honor “Divids”, an expression borrowed from Claude Poirier. A “divide” is an unidentified human being, a breathing patent. “Dividu” is neutral, it has no face, no race.

Now the big question: Do we say Divdu or Divido?

Above all, we should not confuse the dividedus.

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