Mother branded 'transphobic' for stopping daughter from joining Guides which welcomes transgender girls
Caroline Farrow, a Catholic, said the move ignores the safety of girls who have been victims of sexual abuse, and also those who may not want to be around transgender girls
In a surprising news update, a woman declared on 'Good Morning Britain' that she wouldn't let her daughter join the Girl Guides because the organization lets transgender girls join as well, as per reports by the Daily Mail. Journalist Caroline Farrow argued on the show that since boys and girls are segregated in schools, the same should be done at Guides.
Farrow's problem is that Guides take in any and every kid from the ages of 11 to 14, and they do not have much gender restrictions, so they also allow transgender girls even though they have biologically male bodies.
According to reports, 'Good Morning Britain' was hosting a debate on the particular topic after they heard of a news report which stated that two Girl Guide leaders were asked to step down after they opposed a new policy in the organization. The new policy put in place essentially prevented leaders from telling girls or their parents if a girl or leader in their unit is transgender.
Farrow, who is Catholic in nature, said the move ignores the safety of girls who have been victims of sexual abuse, and also those who may not want to be around transgender girls who are biologically male. However, her personal views did not seem to go down well with the viewers of the show, who took to Twitter to criticise her arguments, with many branding her 'transphobic' and 'bigoted'.
Farrow said on the show that transgender girls should be separated from other young girls because of the same reasons boys and girls are kept apart in other parts of their life.
She explained: "If you have a school residential trip you always segregate the sexes because one sex can impregnate another, it doesn't necessarily have to have rape or abuse involved." She further suggested that the Guides rules are "excluding" the needs of girls who are religious or who have a history of sexual abuse.
Farrow also said that girls usually prefer to be looked after by female Scout leaders who are biologically women. "If Piers tomorrow decided he was going to be Piersalina and is going to identify as a woman, Girl Guiding's policy would allow you to be a Girl Guiding leader."
She added, "My daughter was in both Rainbows and Brownies and on her first overnight - I've checked with her that I can say this - they were up very late and they had drinks and she wet the bed. The next morning she was helped with her intimate care by a female leader."
"I'd personally be very concerned at somebody who was identifying as a female who wasn't necessarily a female helping. Does a woman have a penis? No, she doesn't."
After she shared her views on TV, Farrow was heavily criticized on social media, and many users branded her as a 'transphobic' individual. One tweeted: "Those transgender girls have every right to be there, and every right to privacy! Especially seen as some people would use that information to start a witch hunt."
"Some people's views on this are actually disgusting," another posted. A third wrote: "It's getting very transphobic on #gmb."
'Girl Guides is about allowing children to be children. Trans girls should be allowed to take part in the same way as everyone else.' Transgender activist Susie Green speaks on @GMB this morning. pic.twitter.com/yvgpKqKEqz— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) September 25, 2018
Along with Farrow, there was also Susie Green on the panel, the CEO of transgender youth charity Mermaids, who accused the mother of "conflating" transgender girls with sexual predators. Green said, "Trans girls have issues with their body, the reason they are identifying as female is because they don't identify with their body so they are far more likely to have issues around that."
"There is no evidence whatsoever to say that trans girls are a threat and any issue around abuse has never happened. This policy is a couple of years old, this has been around for a long time, and it seems like every time there's an opportunity to have a go at trans girls [people take it], these are children who want to be with their friends."