Now that society has opened up Pandora's box, it means there are no longer any rules and it's basically a free-for-all. I think another way of describing it might be anarchy.
Society is by definition a set of rules everyone agrees on the facilitate relationships between the members of that society. Once those rules are removed, then all bets are off the table. I know anarchy might be a bit heavy handed definition, but...
a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority: "he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy"
synonyms: lawlessness, nihilism, mobocracy, revolution, insurrection, ... more
antonyms: government, order
With no rules/definitions/laws, there is no society.
Stosh, what "rule" is being broken when someone concludes that they are the "wrong" gender?
Aside from that, the fact is that there have been many "rules" that have been changed over the years.
This discussion sounds like a repeat of the hundreds of discussions of the "gay issue" over the years. How many times did I read statements in this forum saying that if we change this one rule, there will be no rules left. Well, the change was made and there are still rules for other things. The world did not end and the BSA is still here. We are capable of evaluating one rule at a time, and if necessary, changing it.
And that assumes that the BSA even has a policy on this. The article quoted in this thread does not convince me that there really is a policy, just a hastily thrown-together idea that if the issue comes up in a particular unit, they're going to go by the birth certificate.