By now, many of you have heard of the disturbingly calm and collected rant of a 14-year-old Girl Scout who encourages Americans to boycott Girl Scout cookies due to the fact that the organization admits transgendered children into its troops. Refusing to buy the cookies, she suggests, will send a message that the Girl Scouts of America are for girls and girls only.
Although there are legitimate reasons to give up these delightful snacks (for one, they contribute to rainforest destruction), the fact that the Girl Scouts are supporting the transgender community actually inspires me to buy even more cookies. This scout is advocating outright discrimination against young people who do not fit into her definition of ‘girl.’
Of course, many Girl Scouts, past and present, have responded that they are supporting the Girl Scouts’ decision to accept transgendered members. Here are a couple great response videos from former Girl Scouts:
Photo from Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar via flickr