Girlguiding, the largest girl-only youth organization in the United Kingdom, recently updated its rules, which apply to members from five to 25 years of age, “to allow members who were born male but now identify as female to share changing rooms, toilets and sleeping quarters with girls when away on excursions,” according to London’s The Telegraph. “The Girl Guides will allow boys who identify as female to shower with girls, it has emerged,” The Telegraph reported. What could go wrong?
The 107-year-old charitable organization’s new guidance, issued on the group’s website, says that “the use of gendered facilities,” including showers, “can cause anxiety,” adding: “Members are allowed to use the facilities of the gender they self-identify as.” We can all remember from our school days that showering together, even as one sex and basically the same age, can cause anxiety. One doubts whether having males of various ages-- who happen to identify as females—showering together with actual females of various ages will put everyone at ease.
Girlguiding’s Chief Executive, Julie Bentley, said that the organization follows the requirements set out in the Equality Act of 2010, which mandates that organizations providing single-sex services treat people according to their acquired gender. (One acquires a fishing rod or a new television, not a new gender). Ms. Bentley stated: “In line with our values of inclusion, we welcome any young person who self-identifies as a girl or young woman.” Don’t mind the beard and the boner!
The government of the UK recently announced that adults can legally challenge their gender without facing “demeaning” rules that require people to undergo a formal medical diagnosis. I am sympathetic to their plight, as I myself am a wildly successful four-year-old thoroughbred racehorse whose chosen pronoun is “stallion,” and I sure as hell don’t want to be subjected to a demeaning formal medical diagnosis or evaluation.
Incredibly, the new guidance states that it is not “best practice” to inform parents that a trans person will be attending a residential event. No, it’s best practice to let a 13-year-old boy who claims to be a girl to shower with actual young ladies.
The Telegraph article stated that David Davies, a Conservative MP for Monmouth in South Wales, recently told The Mail, “If transgender girls who are physically male are going to be sharing facilities, it’s going to make some girls threatened and uncomfortable and the Guides shouldn’t be doing that.” What a whacko! Lock him up!
There is a report that states the organization offers “girls a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.” No. It actually, explicitly, does the opposite. It offers boys a place where they can pretend they are not who they really are.
The Girl Guide’s gender guidelines state: “’Girl’ is based on gender identity. This means that any child who self-identifies as a girl should feel safe and welcome in our girl-only space regardless of the sex that they were assigned at birth.” First of all, it isn’t a girl-only space anymore. And, the phrase “assigned at birth” calls to mind a doctor with a clipboard and a magic marker walking through a nursery alternately calling out, “Girl-boy-girl-boy-girl-boy-girl-boy” without checking under anyone’s hood. Madness.
The article concludes by stating that “It is not known how many transgender members are in the guides.” I’m guessing two. But there are sure to be more after this decision and the publicity generated by articles such as this.