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Yet Another Girl Scout Post

I’m not sure how many of you head about the semi-recent (a month ago is semi-recent…I haven’t had the time/energy to write about this yet, sue me!!) situation with the Girl Scouts of Colorado, but here it is in a nutshell: a boy in Denver, who dresses & behaves like a girl, but is still referred to as “he” by his family/school/etc tried to join the Girl Scouts. The volunteer the family spoke to didn’t handle the situation very well, and when the story first broke, GS of Colorado issued this statement in response:

“Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families and the volunteers who serve them. In this case, an associate delivering our program was not aware of our approach. She contacted her supervisor, who immediately began working with the family to get the child involved and supported in Girl Scouts. We are accelerating our support systems and training so that we’re better able to serve all girls, families and volunteers.” 

Obviously, this made a ton of people on both sides of the transgender issue upset. Bobby, however, is not a Girl Scout. A few days after the above story was posted to the Girl Scout listserve I follow, there was a follow up about some posts made to the council’s facebook page:

We understand that some families are concerned that boys will be joining their daughters’ Girl Scout troops or that their daughters may be placed in uncomfortable situations. We are a girl-serving organization, and we do not grant membership to boys. We grant membership to a transgender child when she and her family have made the decision that she should live her life as a girl. These situations are rare, and when they occur, GSCO is committed to working with all girls and families to ensure that Girl Scouting provides a safe, nurturing environment, and that the sensibilities of all are respected. GSCO works on a case by case basis to resolve issues and make sure that every girl finds a safe place in Girl Scouts.
Yesterday at 12:36pm ·

Girl Scouts of Colorado Just to be clear, our position remains the same as it was before the media became involved. If a child lives life as a girl and her family brings her to Girl Scouts and says, “My daughter wants to be a Girl Scout,” we welcome her.
Thursday at 12:43pm

Girl Scouts of Colorado
Just to clarify, Bobby is not a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the mother presented Bobby as her son who likes girl things, he does not meet our membership criteria. If they decide as a family for Bobby to live her life as a girl, we… would welcome her. We are standing by the same approach as we had before the media became involved. It does not appear that this mother is truly interested in Girl Scout membership for her child.
Yesterday at 2:26pm 

I’ll be completely honest; I’m okay with the result of this.  I AM happy that GSCO has taken the stand that Girl Scouts really is for ALL girls. I also accept their stance that Bobby is currently not living life as a girl, so should not be a member of the Girl Scouts. I can understand the concern of parents about allowing a biologically male child into their daughter’s troop. At 6 or 7, there’s not much trouble that can happen, but as they get to the teen years, the issues are abundant, and have the potential to get worse. Plus, there are many things that bio-females experience that a transgendered woman never will (and the opposite is true as well). I feel there is still a long way to go societally before this could truly be successful, and have to admit that I’d be hesitant to be the guinea pig troop leader, although I’d probably do it because SOMEBODY has to step up and how many would be willing to?

I wish Bobby the best as s/he navigates life, and really hope the family finds the right extra-curricular activity fit for them.

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Facebook Fatigue

Why some dissatisfied users are shunning Facebook – CNN.com.

When I saw this article in my Google Reader today, I knew I had to read it, since I am absolutely feeling the Facebook Fatigue, and have been for several months. Part of this might be the fact that I’ve been out of school/work pretty much since March and Facebook has been a crazy life-suck. Yet, I barely do anything there–I’ve stopped playing games other than Scrabble, and only interact with a few people more than simply “liking” various statuses. I haven’t gotten to a point where I feel a desire to delete my account, but I AM very tempted to purge my “friends” because there are so many people that I never interact with (or vice-versa), some I don’t actually consider friends, and very often, as quoted in the article,

“It’s really gotten to a point where I know pretty much what my friends are going to post. They usually just write the same thing over and over again, and I am getting sick of that.”

Joshua DeRosa, a Salt Lake City graphic artist and former Facebook user, agrees.

“I don’t need to see pics or hear updates about people’s babies,” he says. “I know what babies look like, and while you might think what Junior did was the cutest thing ever, I couldn’t care less.”

I’m not begrudging people the fact that they have partners/kids/pets, but when your only content is about how “cute” your kid or pet is, or how much your life sucks, I just get angry. I’m “friends” with you on Facebook because I have some interest in being in touch with you. I KNOW there has to be more to your life than kid/pet/misery because lots of people are able to balance their “Facebook Life.” If you think I’m talking about you, take a look at your page, because I just might be.

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The Snow Just Won’t Quit!!

Defying spring, Mass. snow pile survives heat, extends stay – The Boston Globe.

At first glance, the 5-foot high pile of dirt in a lot near the AMC Theatres’ overflow parking in Framingham does not leave much of an impression.

But looking closer, underneath the inch-thick sediment and discarded beer cans, vodka nips, and BIC lighters, a sheet of ice and snow lives on, months after the winter’s blizzards.

I am so making a detour the next time I go visit the family!! Or maybe, the next time we go see a movie, we can make sure to head to Framingham.

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Girl Scout Amelia England Turns 111

Girl Scout Amelia England Turns 111.

“She joined the Scouts in 1914, two years after the group’s founding, was a member of the Thistle Troop and remembers meeting Girl Scouts founder Juliette Low. Milly recalls that the troop met at St. Andrew’s Church in New Bedford and that they made their own uniforms. “I’m still a Girl Scout,” she says proudly. “I’ll never quit Girl Scouting.”

Happy Birthday to the oldest living Girl Scout, who was one of the first Girl Scouts in MA!!

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Life Updates

I’ve been totally MIA lately, but as you can see from the plethora of categories, it’s been a time. A month ago my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and it doesn’t look great. She’s receiving radiation now, and will be re-evaluated this week to determine where it is and what the chemo process is going to be. I can’t express feeling/emotion to my family because I have been “the rock” since childhood, so I’ve been holding in a lot and it’s honestly starting to fuck with my head. Ellie’s been MY rock through this, and I wish I could express how much that means to me, or let her in more.

Graduation was Friday, so I am officially an MS in College Student Development & Counseling. This also means I need a job ASAP because there are no more loans coming in and no more money in my Assistantship stipend. I also feel compelled to be the proper little housewife for the duration of my unemployment, but the feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed make it hard to become motivated.

A week ago, President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden. Although it’s been over a week, I still wanted to record my thoughts for posterity. I’m happy that justice has been served, but am saddened by the fact that so many people are expressing JOY at a person’s death, like we’ve just won the World Series after 86 years. I feel it was disrespectful to all of the victims of his rein of terror and hate. I also fear it will fuel his followers into carrying on his mission. I honestly don’t think this will change much, if anything when it comes to terrorism around the globe. Pessimistic outlook to have, but true.

I’m off to do some housework and then, hopefully, send out a couple more job applications. We’ll see how that goes.

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