I was a Girl Scout for many years. I was a Brownie before that. Somewhere in my photo collection there’s a picture of a fat, buck-toothed little girl with glasses and a lazy eye, wearing a uniform and grinning from ear-to-ear because I was in a place where I was accepted. I felt like I belonged.
I sold cookies, earned badges and took a couple of important lessons away from my time in scouting. The most important of which, in my opinion anyway, was that Girl Scouts were decent people who were kind to others, who helped people. This wasn’t some exclusive club, it was a place where even kids like me, who were outcasts at school, could find a place to fit in and even shine.
I’d forgotten all about my scouting days until I read this article about a Girl Scout in California who is organizing a boycott of Girl Scout cookies. What? Why? Because the GSUSA has admitted a transgender child to a troop in Colorado. Apparently this has been driving certain people insane — I’m going to leave you to guess which sort of people I mean; it won’t be hard — and they’re trying to force the GSUSA to kick this child out of the program and return to wholesome family values.
Which ones, I ask. Bigotry? Ignorance? Exclusiveness? Take a look at this YouTube video. This girl is well spoken, neat, attractive. And she’s a bully. Shame on her.
This girl is featured prominently on a site called “Honest Girl Scouts” one of those shrill sites that encourage people to show off their prejudices. It’s not just about a transgender child, it’s about a lot of different things, and it fosters fear. Oh god, the boy is going to rape the girls! Oh god, lesbians want our daughters! Oh god, they’re going to force Girl Scouts to have abortions and use birth control!! It’s the same ugly tactics that always get used to gain an advantage. To all of them I say: If you don’t like the way GSUSA is run, quit. It’s simple. Just quit. Start your own little sorority where only “real” girls are allowed. Straight girls. Straight, white girls. Straight, white, Christian girls… Hey, pretty soon there’ll only be a dozen of you, and won’t you be happy to be all superior and everything?
I was so offended by the site, by this young woman — she’s not a child anymore, she should know better — and by the notion that the Girl Scouts should be some sort of exclusive, conservative club for the right kind of girls, that I went right to the GSUSA website to find out where I could get cookies this year.
Now a lot of us have been boycotting the cookies because of the palm oil issue, and that’s fair. But just recently, the GSUSA has made the move to sustainable palm oil, and because of that, in this instance, I feel that more can be accomplished by showing solidarity to this unnamed transgendered child, who just wants to feel right inside her own skin.
And just in case you don’t know what the GSUSA really stands for:
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Think about it.
- Stepford-esque Girl Scout Protests the Admission of Transgender Members [Video] (jezebel.com)
- Teen Girl Calls For Nationwide Girl Scout Cookies Boycott For Including Transgender Children (buzzfeed.com)
- PARENTAL FAIL: Bigoted Girl Scout wants national cookie boycott over transgender scouts (dangerousminds.net)
- Girl Scout encourages cookie boycott because the group allows… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- No, you can’t buy Girl Scout cookies online. We just… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)