Parents accuse GirlGuiding of ‘sexualising’ children after group tweets about asexuality 

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Parents accuse GirlGuiding of ‘sexualising’ children after youth group tweets to support asexual awareness week

  • Girlguiding, formerly known as Girl Guides, has come under fire on social media
  • Group shared a post to ‘raise awareness and understanding’ of asexuality online
  • Parents said topic was inappropriate for young children to learn about asexuality


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Parents have accused Girlguiding of sexualising children after the charity announced it was raising awareness and understanding of the asexuality community this week.

The girls-only youth group has come under fire and been accused of forcing ‘woke’ ideology onto children who shouldn’t be concerned with sexual desire yet.

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The organisation tweeted: ‘This week is Ace Week – a time to raise awareness and understanding of the asexual community.

‘So here’s a shout-out to all of our asexual volunteers and members – thank you for everything you do in Girlguiding.’

Parents have accused Girlguiding of sexualising children after it announced it was raising awareness and understanding of the asexuality last week. Pictured: Girlguiding HQ in London

Parents have accused Girlguiding of sexualising children after it announced it was raising awareness and understanding of the asexuality last week. Pictured: Girlguiding HQ in London

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Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others.

Girlguiding, previously known as The Girl Guides, teaches girls aged five to 14 life skills like sewing, kayaking and painting.

Parents were horrified to see the children-centric organisation promoting sexuality awareness and highlighting adult themes to young girls.

One said: ‘What the hell is this? Why are you sexualising girls? Why are adults talking to girls about their sex lives?’

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Another said that the ‘weird’ emphasis on sexuality was ‘reason enough’ to withdraw her two young daughters from the organisation. 

Another wrote: ‘So glad my daughters are older now.

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What is asexuality? 

Asexuality is a term used to describe people who experience little to no sexual attraction.

It can be used as an identity itself as well as an umbrella term for anyone who identifies along the asexual spectrum.

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Because there is significant variation among people who identify as asexual, asexuality can encompass broad definitions.

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network defines an asexual as ‘someone who does not experience sexual attraction’.

It states that ‘another small minority will think of themselves as asexual for a brief period of time while exploring and questioning their own sexuality’ and that ‘there is no litmus test to determine if someone is asexual’.

It adds: ‘Asexuality is like any other identity – at its core, it’s just a word that people use to help figure themselves out. If at any point someone finds the word asexual useful to describe themselves, we encourage them to use it for as long as it makes sense to do so.’  

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Asexuality is often shortened to ‘ace’ with asexual people calling themselves ‘aces’. 

‘Never thought the Girlguiding would be a grooming ground for the sexualisation of little girls. Disgusting.’

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Kim Nicoll tweeted: ‘Are you kidding me? The girl guides wants to talk about all kinds of sexuality? What next? A badge in kink and slut shaming?’

Through the three levels of Girlguiding – Rainbows for ages five to seven, Brownies for ages seven to 10 and Guides for ages 10 to 14 – girls earn badges to celebrate achievements and adventures, such as camping and swimming.

Kat Howard said she feels it’s important to teach children about sexuality, but in a more appropriate setting.

She tweeted: ‘I don’t disagree with teaching about sexuality and healthy relationships – I just don’t believe it’s a place for Girl Guides in a same way I wouldn’t expect a rugby club to teach children about it.

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‘I think schools are the place for this, where teachers are trained.’

Girlguiding turned off replies to its tweets after it came under fire by angry parents and ex-members calling for a boycott.

The organisation responded to the backlash on Sunday with a tweet saying: ‘Girlguiding is proactive in its mission to be inclusive and celebrates the ever-growing diversity of its membership.

‘We believe all girls and young women have the right to feel recognised and supported.

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‘Marking awareness days is one way of doing this.’

The charity added that ‘respect, kindness and tolerance’ are core to their values and invited anyone with ‘constructive feedback’ to get in touch. 

Girlguiding was founded in 1910 by Agnes Baden-Powell as a wing of the Scout Association – known as the ‘Boy Scouts’ – set up by her brother Robert.

Asexuality awareness week took place last week and Girlguiding tweeted support on Friday

Asexuality awareness week took place last week and Girlguiding tweeted support on Friday

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The organisation’s aim is to empower young girls with confidence and independence.

Angela Salt OBE, CEO at Girlguiding told MailOnline: ‘A year ago, we did a consultation with members asking how inclusive we were as an organisation.

‘Our membership (made up of girls, young women, parents, carers, volunteers, and staff) told us that we haven’t got it right, and we needed to do more to become truly inclusive.

‘In response, we launched our new Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan to make Girlguiding a place where everyone feels welcomed, like they belong and free to be themselves, whoever they are and wherever they are from.

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‘We represent nearly 400,000 people across the UK and it’s important that we reflect the diverse range of voices within society.

‘We welcome constructive criticism to help shape our organisation and ensure that we can support and welcome all girls and young women as we continue our journey.’

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