Last year, girls who responded to a survey run by Girlguiding stressed how important it was to have ‘a safe, girl-only space’.
The transgender approach marks a major departure from the 107-year-old organisation’s origins as a ‘movement for girls’.
Controversially, the new rules state that parents of members as young as five should not be told if a transgender person joins their group.
They add that it is not ‘best practice’ to tell parents their daughters will be sharing facilities such as sleeping areas and toilets with transgender girls, who are born male, during trips away.
However, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction.
In modern times, emphasis on the institution of marriage, generally described as a male-female bond, has obscured pair bonds formed by same-sex and transsexual couples, and that many heterosexual couples also bond for life without offspring, or that often pairs that do have offspring separate.
It is a form of courtship, consisting of social activities done by the couple, either alone or with others.
It states that it will now accept members based on the gender they ‘self-identify’ as, rather than their biological sex.
A document sent to all leaders last week explains: ‘Girlguiding aims to support all girls and young women.
Every piece of safeguarding advice says you should provide separate sleeping and changing facilities for children of opposite sexes under the age of 18.’The Girl Guides have had many high-profile members during their long history, such as the Queen, who is the organisation’s patron, her sister Princess Margaret, actress Emma Thompson and author J. He added: ‘Sadly, the result will be fewer girls joining the Girl Guides.
There will be parents who won’t let their daughters join because of this change.’Julie Bentley said: ‘Girlguiding complies with the Equality Act 2010 which makes clear organisations providing single-gender services should treat people according to their acquired gender.Communities exerted pressure on people to form pair-bonds in places such as Europe; in China, society "demanded people get married before having a sexual relationship" and many societies found that some formally recognized bond between a man and a woman was the best way of rearing and educating children as well as helping to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings regarding competition for mates.