Buy MORE Girl Scout Cookies

But Phil, won’t that make us fatter?  Well of course it will, if you eat them all in a sitting or two.  Maybe you should just double up on the Thin Mints and stuff your freezer for later in the year, but by all means make this a record setting year for this annual rite of passage for these young ladies.  I feel like it’s important to send a message across the nation that when an organization like the Girl Scouts makes an enlightened call, bringing them further into the 21st century, they should be rewarded, despite the efforts of a few that want to pull the reigns back.

I’ve generally been pleasantly surprised with the level of acceptance of the youth in our country compared with the lack of the same in the “good old days”.  That temperament was altered when I heard about “Taylor”, who, in a diva like manner, (think Cher, Beyonce and Madonna) chose to go by a singular name.   This week, Taylor, a 14 year old girl from Ventura County, California released a video calling for a boycott of the purchase of Girl Scout cookies.  Why? Because the Girl Scouts of Denver, Colorado are permitting a seven year old transgender girl to join.  Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion in this matter and if she feels threatened by the admittance of a seven year old, 1000 miles away from where she lives, she certainly has the right to speak her mind.

Well, I’m over 2500 miles away from her, but since she has chosen to go viral with her boycott, I feel entitled to speak my mind as well.  Too many people give too little credence to gender identity issues and I feel like Taylor has opened a can of worms by bringing this to light.  Sure, it seems easy enough to pick on a seven year old that fits the very definition of minority.  But this is making bigger news of the circumstances than the Girl Scouts’ decision to reverse their earlier ban.

Exactly what did Taylor say?  I will quote her to avoid any misrepresentation. “The real question is, why is GSUSA willing to break their own safety rules and go against its own research institute findings 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 they are doing it with money we earned for them from Girl Scout cookies.”  Is there truth in what she said?  I don’t really know, but I’d like to think that there are reasonable minded people in charge that recognize that if this seven year old identifies herself as a girl, then they are the correct organization for her to join.  If she tried to join the Boy Scouts I guarantee there would be months of turmoil ahead.

Some have questioned whether Taylor was put up to this by a right wing parent.  I don’t really care what prompted her to do it; I just want to defeat her in her efforts.  If she says boycott the cookies, I say “buy more cookies”.  I’m sure there are records kept for Girl Scout cookie sales.  I would guess they trend upward each year.  The last thing I want to see is a downward spike that would be credited to this little “activist”.  That would only inspire future wanna-be divas to film vitriolic, hate filled videos that we’d have to hear about over and over again.  Instead, I want to see a sharp upward spike.  It’s called putting your money where your mouth is, and I’m a big proponent.  Of course, in this case it means my mouth will stay full of Thin Mints and Trefoils.  If that’s the sacrifice I need to make to show that I think the Girl Scouts made a great call, oh well.

So instead of a boycott, I’m calling for a promotion.  Step right up and double your normal order!  You’ll be doing more than helping out the organization; you’ll be sending two messages.  The first message will be to a young, seven year old transgendered girl that is in the midst of coming to grips with who she is.  You’ll be saying to her that she’s going to be alright and that there are a lot of people out here that have her back, making sure she can be safe being herself.  The second message will be to a 14 year old, still four years from being of voting age.  You’ll be telling her that just because she wants to simplify things for herself by making this a black and white world, it doesn’t mean that everyone wants the same.  All distinctions aren’t clear cut.  There are lots of grays and tans.  Of course there is also a very wide rainbow out there as well.

-Phil Hicks


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