Girl Guides allows boys who identify as female to shower with girls
Girlguiding's official guidelines state that "members are allowed to use the facilities of the gender they self-identify as"
Self-identification is the latest and most insidious form of personal choice used by the Sexual Revolutionaries that emerged after the First World War to express a denuded individualism.
It expresses a desire to have an individuality without responsibility.
While the Sexual Revolution was revolutionary in the sense that it unabashedly linked the advance of sexual immorality with the advance of human rights, it is not discontinuous with the liberal cause of generations past.
Its narrative advances the Whig view of history, which sees the past as something to escape, and the present moment as superior to the past. Despite its terminology, ‘progress’ is measured not positively by its stated future goal but rather negatively, by distance from the clearly defined past it wishes to escape. It is thus unsurprising that science fiction and ‘space travel’ arises out of this movement.
In a sense, the Whig view of history is a movement away from clarity towards obscurity, measuring progress by the eradication of ‘prejudice’, and justifying that it is right because it feels right.
Self-identification marks the end of a long process of detaching Westerners from the rich personalism which might be the greatest legacy of Christendom. In Christendom, individual rights were interwoven into a matrix of rights and responsibilities – familial, communal, religious, workplace, and national – under God.
The Whig view of history is inseparable from the Scientific Revolution. The scientific method of empiricist observation as a means of gaining certainty was a sharp sword, and invariably ‘presentist’ in its bias. It was exercised recklessly by the good and the great to advance a vision of progress and the empowerment of man over nature.
It had already exercised a malign effect on public morality by the time writers as diverse as Blaise Pascal, who defended the Christian faith, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who announced the Romantic cause, in crying out against the oppression of the human heart. In the name of gaining ‘certainty’, it dismissed the acquired cultural memory of tradition with what a person could see and verify with his own two eyes.
It produced a culture of orphans that Dickens invariably presents as his heroes.
The Enlightenment’s own attempted fix of the personal violation was in its appeal to autonomy, which it elevated to a universal regulative principle of conduct. Kant’s ethics is entirely dependent upon its premise of equality.
But autonomy, the ‘law of the self’ contained within it the seeds to destroy the individuals it sought to protect. In the name of a mathematical sort of equality, total autonomy must also eradicate every visible difference.
This is evident in the push to promote gender even above natural sexual differentiation in the name of the same defence of equality that was used to protect girls from the assaults of males.
It is predicated on false ideas of human nature, which will invariably produce terrific harm precisely because they are done in the name of ‘doing good’.
In the United Kingdom, Girl Guides now allow boys who identify as female to shower with girls. The Telegraph reports:
“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.”
The question must be asked – by what standard is the alleged good of gender identity being advanced? The ’cause of the marginalized’ is not a sufficient answer to the good, because the cause of some (girls) is clearly being marginalized by the alleged good done to another.
Until an answer can be attained, what seems a good to some ought to be strenuously resisted through protest, or simple boycott.
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