If you’ve been keeping up with your viral videos lately, you may have come across the 14 year old Girl Scout named Taylor.
For my sweet, young n00bies: here’s a helpful graphic that will give you a quick introduction to the term “transgender”. You might also want to check out my related vid, SE-XXXY TIME. (More trans resources coming soon.)
A quick search for the story and you’ll find a huge uproar from LGBTQIAA folks/organizations about the ordeal. For good reason….the video reeks of transphobia. But, as usual, some of the internet overreacts & there has been a lot of hate in response to her hate, including particularly troublesome calls for her suicide.
Sounds productive, huh? Oh, internets…..
My thoughts -
There she sits with the cross around her neck, in righteous conviction, preaching the hatred she has probably adopted from other spaces that have had more impact on her than Girl Scouts. (Home? Church?…..)
But if you listen, she is speaking in defense of a woman’s space. I feel her on that. I think it’s important for women to have community too. I’m all about “DISCOVER! CONNECT! TAKE ACTION!”
However, I do think Taylor needs some schoolin’ on what “gender” is and what it means to be a woman. Her woman-space is not being violated. No, the only sort of violation is her sense of entitlement to decide other peoples’ gender for them. Good for the Girl Scouts for taking the high road here. There is more to being a woman than just a vagina.
Fortunately, it seems that Taylor’s intolerance has shed some light on what I have always thought is an underrated aspect of the Girl Scouts. They were the only all-girl organization I ever participated in that encouraged strength, self-sufficiency, and inclusion. That they are inclusive of different gender identities is a +109234203948203 for the GS in my book. I would encourage folks to do what you can for their cookie fundraiser.
I mean, how often can you eat delicious cookies AND support a good cause? Answer: NEVAR!!!11!
(Okay, almost never.)
As a side note, I find it interesting that the Girl Scouts has adopted such a progressive, inclusive stance while the Boy Scouts continues to be hateful assholes who do not allow atheists or gay boys to participate.
What do you make of the ordeal, peeps?