J. Pepper Bryars: Will Boys Life magazine soon become Boys & Girls Life?
I was straightening the house recently and picked up my oldest son’s favorite magazine off the living room floor.
Memories of my own boyhood subscription brought a smile, but then I wondered, “Am I holding one of the last copies of Boys Life?”
The culturally leftward trajectory of the Boy Scouts of America’s national office has been gradual but clear.
They first allowed homosexual boys to join (a move I wrote about).
Then they allowed homosexual leaders to join (I wrote about that, too).
It’s been a challenge to remain in the organization, but thankfully our church-sponsored pack and troop can ignore this insanity and continue running our groups as we see fit.
But … would the national office actually change the magazine’s name to a more inclusive title?
“No,” I said. “That’s a silly thought.”
Because just as soon as one girl’s mother complained that the name made her daughter feel excluded another parent would complain that a Boys & Girls Life magazine would make their transgendered scout feel marginalized.
But a Boys & Girls & Transgendered Life magazine wouldn’t completely satisfy the social justice name changers.
It turns out, fellow rubes, that the City of New York officially says there are at least 30 genders.
So in keeping with the BSA national office’s policy of not offending anyone regardless of how many loyal supporters they push away (and using New York City’s official list of genders), the new title for Boys Life will surely become:
Boys & Girls & Bi-Gendered & Cross-Dresser & Drag King & Drag Queen Femme Queen & Female-to-Male & FTM & Gender Bender Gender Queer & Male-to-Female & MTF & Non-Op & HIJRA Pangender & Transsexual & Trans Person Woman & Butch & Two-Spirit & Trans & Agender Third Sex & Gender Fluid & Non-Binary Transgender Androgyne & Gender Gifted & Gender Blender & Femme Person of Transgender Experience & Androgynous … Life.
Gosh. Readers would barely see any of the cool pictures on the cover for all of those words.
Which brings me to this conclusion: BSA leadership will just simplify things by dropping the “Boy” from the magazine’s title altogether and just call it “Life”.
But wait … wasn’t there already a magazine called that?
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