A Girl Scout who identifies herself as Taylor has made a video asking people to boycott Girl Scout cookies because the group is using proceeds from their sale to appease “the desires of a small handful of people.” She is referring to the organization’s policy that allows transgendered boys to participate in Girl Scouts, which she considers a violation of the organization’s purpose. In her words:
“Girl Scouts describes itself as an all-girl experience. With that label, families trust that the girls will be in an environment that is not only nurturing and sensitive to girls’ needs, but also safe for girls.”
The full video is a little hard to get through (there’s a cold, robotic aspect to this young lady’s affect that I can’t put my finger on), but Taylor explains herself and the need to boycott the cookies below. She even connects her launch of the boycott to the civic responsibility she gained from scouting. Watch:
I was a Girl Scout for most of my childhood and LOVED IT. But I’m not sure how having a child with male genitalia present would have changed anything about arts and crafts, camping, hustling cookies, and singing songs. Further, no one ever did any sort of “gender check,” so I don’t know how effectively transgendered boys can be banned from Scouting anyway. The only need I can think of when it comes to safety applies to the overnight Girl Scout camp where I spent my summers, but even that environment had a smattering of sexual experimentation and ambiguity going on. Based on that experience, the lack of practicality in the thinking behind the idea that transgendered children could do special harm to the scouting environment has a tinge of discrimination to it. On the other hand, I’m not confident that I’d trust Girl Scout troop leaders to make the right call when it comes to managing the inclusion of transgendered children. And then there’s the part about giving up Thin Mints and Samoas…which is simply out of the question.