This video just wants me to buy more girl scout cookies.
Thin Mints are delicious! Anyways…
The video is of a girl scout who is promoting a boycott of girl scouts because of girl scouts allowing “transgender boys.” What she is referring to is trans* girls. I won’t say that is what she meant because she definitely meant to say transgender boys. All throughout the video she keeps misgendering and essentailizing these trans* kids to male roles. She cites studies about the benefits of all girl environments but at the same time implies that all girl organizations do not include trans* girls (who she keeps referring to as transgender boys). Much of the video has to do with safety concerns over allowing “boys” into girl scout spaces. Somehow allowing trans girls into girl scouts will make the cis girls unsafe… I’m pretty sure we can all see where this is going.
There are some good things said in this video. Though those are only said when she quotes girl scout officials about the inclusion of all woman identified people and that girl scouts don’t require any proof of gender. Awesome!
The article cited is: Girl Scouts’ admitting of boy draws backlash (yeah, the title is highly problematic). From the article (Rachelle Trujillo, vice president for communications of the Colorado Girl Scouts):
We accept all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout… requests for support of transgender kids have grown.
“If a child is living as a girl,” she said, “that’s good enough for us. We don’t require any proof of gender. It’s absolutely a case-by-case basis. There’s not any rational fear of Girl Scouts being overrun by boys.”
This assumes your opponents are rational… Not a good assumption to make with this trans-bigoted lot.
I’m going to counter this “boy”cott with a buycott. I’m going to be buying a lot of thin mints this year. Good thing I didn’t make some silly New Years resolution about losing weight!
I checked on GSUSA allowing lesbian, bisexual, or queer women in their organization. Unlike Boy Scouts they do not see it as a moral issue and see it really as a non issue. It’s sort of a Don’t Ask Don’t Tell arrangement, still much better than boy scouts.
We actually had a lesbian in my girl scout troop when I was in high school. All the girls and even the leaders knew. And you know what? IT DIDN’T MATTER.
In fact, it was thanks to her that I was able to think and become more open-minded on my definition of love and homosexual rights in the first place.
There are a TON of reasons that I am so grateful to the organization and to Girl Scouts. I’m so happy to find out that it wasn’t just us, and that this is pretty much a nation-wide policy.
Load up on the Thin Mints, people.