How do you make a lifelong bigot? Get’em while they’re young, of course. A new video from such a person is in the process of going viral. Its message? Be afraid of transgender children.
A young girl, so far only identified as Taylor, is calling for a nationwide boycott of Girl Scout cookies because the Girl Scouts allow transgender girls to participate without divulging their biological sex. Her reasoning is that the GSUSA are both being dishonest with the “real” girls and placing them in some kind of unspecified danger. During her almost eight minute screed, Taylor, prominently wearing a crucifix (surely a coincidence), condemns the organization she is a part of:
Right now, Girl Scouts of the USA (or GSUSA) is not being honest with us girls, its troops, its leaders, its parents or the American public.
Quoting from an article in Baptist Press (also, surely a coincidence)
We accept all girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the childs’ family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout.
Taylor goes on to say about this:
That means that as long as a boy wants to be a girl, they’ll let him join based solely on his wishes and desires (Her emphasis on this word is rather distinct and is clearly meant to invoke the phrase “sexual desires”)
Transgender people is one of the more poorly understood concepts in our society. While I cannot claim any expertise on the subject, I can definitively state that I understand it better than this Baptistbot. The most common mistake made about transgender people is that they woke up one day and suddenly decided to be a different sex. This is especially understandable in the black and white world of religious fundamentalists that literally cannot conceive the various shades of grey in between “male” and “female.” Transgender people are people who do not think of themselves as whatever sex they were born to. That is to say, a biological male who identifies as a female and vice versa. This does not necessarily reflect on their sexual preference but rather only their mental image of themselves.
With this understanding, it is clear that Taylor is basing her objections on pure ignorance. She goes on to complain that one the points of the Girl Scouts is “how important it is for girls to be free from a co-ed environment.” Again, she fails to understand what it means to be a transgender person. These are not boys who WANT to be girls, these are biological boys that think of themselves AS girls. There is a distinct difference between the two, that, while a sixteen year old might not be expected to know this, it might be hoped that they do at least a little due diligence on the matter before attempting to launch a national campaign against it. And her parents certainly should have taken the time to brush up on it before giving their blessings.
All of this wouldn’t be a big deal if it stopped there. Ignorance can be cured with knowledge. But prejudice isn’t so easy to overcome. Taylor spends the next three minutes insisting that the inclusion of transgender females constitutes a threat to her safety. She does this by quoting several sections of the girl Scout handbook that outlines that adult men should not share a tent or bathing facilities with the scouts. She sums up her opposition like so:
But the real question is: why is GSUSA willing to break its own safety rules…to accommodate transgender boys? Unfortunately I think it is because GSUSA cares more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does for my safety and the safety of my friends and sister Girl Scouts.
And poof! Just like that, this goes from being an ignorant rant about about something Taylor doesn’t understand to something we understand all too well. Why are transgender girls dangerous? She never says. But she is quite positive there’s a threat to her safety and the safety of all “real” girls. Taylors’ focus on older transgender girls suggests that, again, sex is the real concern. Perhaps the Girl Scouts should exclude lesbians as well? I’ll bet cold, hard cash Taylor would agree.
There will be those who feel that singling out a teenager is somehow mean or cruel. Perhaps. But Taylor is about to learn a hard lesson of the adult world: everyone has the right to their opinion, no matter how odious. They even have the right to express that opinion in a public forum like Youtube. But that also means that everyone else has to tell them how repulsive that opinion is.
Here’s the video. It’s only a partial as the original has been removed but it’s enough for you to get the idea of how sad this little girls’ world is.
You’re a celebrity now, Taylor. The Right is gonna LOVE you! You embody everything they value: shallowness, ignorance, intolerance and unreasoning fear of the “other.” The rest of us will look on you with pity that you were raised so poorly, that your religious beliefs have been so corrupted but fundamentalist hate and that you have turned on the very organization that was supposed to build your character and gave you a safe haven to grow for daring to offer that same succor to those that need it more than you ever would.
I ordered three boxes of cookies just a few days ago. Now, I’m calling up my two friends with daughters in the Girl Scouts and ordering more just to spite you, Taylor. I’ll feed the pigeons cookies for a year before I let your sickness hurt those who have done nothing to you. Think of it as boycotting your boycott.
Update: The video has been pulled. A bit late for that, though. If another version goes up, I will link to it.
Correction: The proper terminology for a male to female transgender individual is “transgender girls/females”. The original post listed them as “transgender boys/males” This has been rectified.