Don’t boycott Girl Scout cookiesPublished on February 13, 2012 in Opinions By Hansook Oh
Social media editor
Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies? Before you say no, read ahead.
Recently, a teenager from Ventura County appeared in a YouTube video promoting a boycott of Girl Scout cookies after a troop in Colorado admitted a 7-year-old transgender child into their troop.
Soon after, a flier went viral on Facebook, with the title, “You deserve to know what Girl Scout cookies fund,” showing the promotion of LGBT agendas and Planned Parenthood by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).
As a former Girl Scout since Daisies (Kindergarten) and an active adult volunteer in the organization, I can say that the Girl Scouts is not an organization based on discrimination and should not be chastised for treating all children equally.
While I understand that some parents may be concerned of the privacy of their daughters with a boy in the troop, they obviously don’t understand what it means to be transgendered. It means that young boy feels he was born into the wrong body and has the mindset, characteristics, and traits of a young girl.
He is not any different from those other girls in the troop aside from what’s in his pants.
Girl Scouts was not founded as a Christian organization; that is what church is for. It is a place for young girls of various ages, ethnic backgrounds, races, and social classes to make friends and find a place of acceptance.
Several other countries allow girls to join Cub Scouts, including Indonesia and Hong Kong, so why should we not allow similar practices if we call ourselves a progressive country?
I personally want to support Girl Scouts more after reading the flyer, because it seems to me they have progressed more than our own country has. I appreciate the fact that they support the LGBT community without going around promoting that every girl should be a lesbian, but support those who have come out that they are one. It gives those people a place of acceptance.
Though it may have seemed like a long time ago to many people, it was only about 60-years-ago where people of color were discriminated against because they were of a different race.
Why should those people who have a different sexual orientation be discriminated against for liking their same sex or being who they are? Why is it that people think they should have a say in what other strangers do with their lives if it isn’t affecting them or hurting those people? And why shouldn’t we support a highly respectable organization for supporting people with all different kinds of gender identities?
Girl Scouts is about so much more than whom they support; they develop role models in every community, empowers children and builds important relationships among people.
One of the main motto’s of girl scouting is “to be a sister to every Girl Scout,” which means to accept one another for whom they are, not what they are or what they look like. Girl Scouts teaches morals and life lessons that many other young girls do not get, and sets up a foundation for these girls to become strong, independent women.
When you buy girl scout cookies, you are helping that young girl travel to places she otherwise would not be able to, attend workshops where she will learn to become a professional and learn new ways to give back to her community. For example, they learn how to clean up their communities, send care packages to American troops and visit hospitals and elderly homes.
I bet you that if you go out into the wilderness and take a Girl Scout with you, there is a good chance she can survive much longer than you ever could.
So before you decide to join the boycott or join a Facebook trend, take a moment to think about what buying those delicious cookies is really doing for young girls (and communities) everywhere.