By Jonathon Van Maren
As organization after organization falls to the marching militants of today’s gender ideology, it is sometimes hard not to get exasperated. No matter how prestigious the institution, and no matter how innocent the pastime, the gender ideologues show up and demand that their recently-concocted gender fluidity theories be fully implemented. This time around, the Girl Guides have been ruined, with the Telegraph reporting that new guidelines have been created to accommodate any kids subscribing to transgenderism:
The Girl Guides will allow boys who identify as female to shower with girls, it has emerged. For the first time, Girlguiding’s official guidance instructs guide leaders 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. The 107-year-old organisation updated its rules, which apply to members aged from five to 25, to allow transgender girls to “share accommodation with other young members if they wish” and use the same facilities.
Just in case you’re wondering, yes—that does mean that biological males in full possession of functioning penises can shower with the girls. It also means that the biological males can sleep with the girls “if they wish.” You’ll notice, again, that this is not really about accommodation. If this was about accommodation, there would be special arrangements made, and there would be careful attention paid to how the girls might feel about having boys shower with them. Since the transgender craze began, girls have made clear over and over again that they are profoundly uncomfortable with these new arrangements. But accommodating vulnerable young girls is not important anymore. Those girls need to get over their “transphobia,” and the gender ideologues must have their beliefs accommodated to the detriment of everyone else:
Guidance on transgender members was first added in 2015 and updated this year. The new guidance, issued on the group’s UK website, says that “the use of gendered facilities,” including showers, toilets and changing rooms, “can cause anxiety”. It adds: “Members are allowed to use the facilities of the gender they self-identify as.”
So there you have it—the use of “gendered facilities”—as in, boys with the boys and girls with the girls—can “cause anxiety,” and thus must be done away with. But if “causing anxiety” was the genuine concern here, perhaps the anxiety of the girls who do not want to shower with the boys would be taken into account. In fact, the opposite of what these guidelines state is usually the case—an Alberta school that began to build gender-neutral bathrooms recently reversed course after students protested and one student even began a petition. But who cares—“inclusion” must be respected at all costs:
Julie Bentley, Girlguiding Chief Executive, said that the organisation follows the requirements set out in the Equality Act 2010, which states that organisations providing single-sex services must treat people according to their acquired gender. Ms Bentley said: “In line with our values of inclusion, we welcome any young person who self-identifies as a girl or young woman… The Government announced in July that it was to allow adults to legally challenge their gender without facing “demeaning” rules that force people to undergo a formal medical diagnosis.
So these days, you can “acquire” a new gender without being forced to “demean” yourself with a formal medical diagnosis. In other words, you can be whatever you want to be, regardless of reality. And of course, accommodation has its limits. For example, telling parents that there could be a penis or two in the shower with their daughters is unacceptable, because those parents might be transphobic and not want that to occur again:
There are concerns, however, that sharing accommodation and personal facilities will threaten the safety and privacy of girls, especially as parents of younger members would not be automatically told if their daughter was sharing such facilities. The guidance states that it is not “best practice” to inform parents that a trans person will be attending a residential event.
The arrogance of those who presume that their brand-new gender ideology trumps the desire of parents to keep their daughters safe from victimization is breathtaking. Those creating these guidelines know that most people have too much common sense to trust a young person with male genitals in the shower with a bunch of young girls, and so they have decided that it is not “best practice” to tell parents that this might be happening. And why? Because they have decided to redefine human reality:
The organisation’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.”
And if girls don’t feel safe and welcome with biological males in the bathroom with them? That’s just too bad. If they say that they are uncomfortable, that’s too bad, too. Because these days, all girls have the right to be believed—until their instincts conflict with the sacred cows of gender ideology. When that happens, it’s time for re-education.
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