NOW THAT’S FUNNY
A teenage girl from Ventura County, California is trying to launch a national boycott against Girl Scout cookies. She is protesting the Girl Scout’s decision to admit a 7-year-old transgender child to a troop in Colorado last year.
The protesting girl, who is identified as Taylor (an ironically gender-free name!), has made a YouTube video stating her case.
She argues that Girl Scouts should remain an all-girl experience. She says that only then can families trust that girls will be in an environment which is safe, nurturing and sensitive to girls’ needs.
Then she tries to sell her new cookies, “Snootie Pies,” which are bitter little pastries trapped in a stiff upper crust.
Actually, I agree that Girl Scouts should be all girls. My boys are in Boy Scouts, and it’s all boys, and that is just the way they like it. The question is, when is a girl a girl, and when is a boy a boy?
The decision in question centers around a 7-year-old child, Bobby Montoya (Bobby – an almost gender-free name!), who was admitted to a troop because, although he was born male, he is living as a girl. His mother believes that he was born in the wrong body and said that “no one would know he’s a boy unless they pulled his pants down.”
I wish she would have put that a little more delicately.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado explained their decision this way: “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.”
Given the uber-sensitivity in our culture right now about LBGT issues, there is no way the Girl Scouts could refuse her.
It’s a whole new world, and we all have to figure out how to live in it. When this decision was reached in Colorado, three leaders in Louisiana resigned and dissolved their troops in protest. That seems a little extreme. They’ve denied all those Louisiana girls a great scouting experience just because they’re freaked out by some 7-year-old that lives halfway across the country.
This is a stressful situation, and when Americans get stressed, they eat sweets. We don’t need to boycott cookies – we need to create some new Girl Scout Cookies to get through this rough time of adjustment.
Mike or Marys
Double Stuffed Bloomers
Gingerbread GenderBenders – spicy!
Interestingly, Bobby has not joined the Girl Scout troop after all, as a station in Colorado is reporting. And the call for a boycott has invoked some backlash, with supporters of transgender issues encouraging people to buy extra cookies.
This is just the excuse I need to buy an extra three boxes of Tagalongs.
Pam Lobley writes the “Now That’s Funny” column. Follow her on twitter @plobley.