Girl Scout Cookie Boycotters Make Me Want More Cookies

There are certain things that are just sacrosanct in this country, and to me, my box of Girl Scout Cookies is one of them. I don't care if they have trans fats (they don't anymore, by the way) or if they destroy my diet, I love them all the same. And, if their sales numbers are to be believed, a number of others agree with me. The past few years, however, haven't been kind to my favorite cookies.

First it was the foodies who came after the cookies. They changed their recipes. Now it's the Right Wing. If they're to be believed, the proceeds from that box of Girl Scout cookies go to a liberal agenda. They have "partnered" with Planned Parenthood on teaching sex education. When asked about the partnership, former CEO Kathy Cloninger said:

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We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.

The horror! Well guess what, the more I hear about the "problems" with Girl Scout cookies, the more boxes I want to buy. And even though the organization now denies that relationship, it makes me want to support them more, not less.

Last fall, a Colorado troop accepted a transgendered 7-year-old. At the time, they said that the 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.

Amen. That is the kind of organization I can get behind.

The more "truth posters" from the Right circulate around Facebook, the more I want to support the organization. If the Girl Scouts promote open dialogue, talking about birth control and bodies, and being inclusive, then sign me up. Those are the values I want my children to have.

The Girl Scouts may feel the need to protect themselves and put language on their website explicitly denying a "partnership" with Planned Parenthood -- "No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood." -- and they are openly neutral on the issue of abortion. So why the hate?

It seems any time a group is all women, someone starts accusing them of supporting nefarious causes or promoting a liberal agenda. The Girl Scouts provide young girls with self-esteem, leadership, and confidence. Certainly there are many people, especially on the Right, who don't like uppity women.

Well, guess what. For every conservative who shared this photo bashing the Scouts on Facebook, I saw four more liberals share it and vow to buy more cookies. Take that! Don't mess with the bull, Girl Scout Cookie haters. You will get the horns.

Do you agree with the cookie boycott?


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