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It would be funny if it wasn’t sad: Girl Scouts embrace gender roles to keep Boy Scouts out



The Boy Scouts have abolished themselves by removing the “boy” from the “scouts.” This prompted the transgender-friendly, liberal, feminist Girl Scouts to suddenly squeal in protest because gender roles, apparently, are good. Who knew?

Mourning the end of the Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America are now no more. The executive Scout council has voted, unanimously, to allow girls to into the Cub Scout program. We can expect that they will be allowed into full Scouting very soon, and to earn the coveted Eagle. While I was only a Cub Scout for a short time, I have seen one brother serve as a Life Scout, two brothers take their Eagles, with a third well on the way. And here is some what I’ve seen.

My younger brother Mark, experienced his own rite of passage, partially through the Scouts. Mark attended the Scouting camp at Boundary Waters. At that camp he and others traveled by canoe and foot. When on foot, they had to carry their boats on their backs. Mark told me that, at one point, he carried a boat virtually alone, and had no choice but to continue to walk. That experience taught him that the lesson of endurance in adversity. A lesson we want boys to learn, but don’t want them to suffer for. My brother later took that lesson into the Army’s Ranger School, where he suffered again, and succeeded again.

I’ve also seen my brothers learn, albeit with difficulty, lessons of self-reliance, leadership planning and more. I think what made all of this possible is the boys-only nature of Boy Scouts. In a boys-only environment, competition and cooperation are possible. They’re able to sort themselves into the natural order of leadership, which their abilities incline them.

When you introduce girls into a male environment, it changes things. Yes, I know, Cub Scouts haven’t reached puberty, but they will. And when the new girl Boy Scouts become young women, all the hormonally driven issues that plague us when we are teens will plague the Scouts.

What will the Scouts do, I wonder, if they catch Scouts involved with each other? What will the explanation be should a young woman become pregnant by a fellow Scout on a camping trip? How will the endless issues be handled when young men and young women are in close quarters with each other?

The obvious answer is that they cannot be ‘handled’ by the Scouts exccept by barring girls, which they no longer have the spine to do. If the U.S. military cannot handle these issues in a sane way, the Scouts cannot either. But besides bemoaning the end of the Scouts, and prophesying what may come, what makes this really hypocritical is the reaction of the Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts have been progressive, so much so that no conservative mother known to me allows their daughters to be involved in Girl Scouts past about age 12 or so.

Hypocritical Girl Scouts embrace gender roles

As soon as the BSA announced their contradictory goal of allowing girls into the Boy Scouts, the head of the Girl Scouts let loose a volley.

So when men’s only groups exist they’re sexist old boys clubs, and must be hounded out of existence. And when girls only groups are threatened, then we must reverse ourselves and say that gender specific groups are good, but only for girls, because…men suck.

In what is being called a strongly worded letter, the Girl Scouts, and their spokesman, are accusing the BSA of trying to appeal to Millenial parents by letting girls in. The GSA spokesman cited research which supports gender-specific training, that is, girls having their own groups is a good thing.

Peak 2017: Girl Scouts angry over competition from … – Hot Air have the famously progressive, pro-choice-supporting Girl Scouts squaring off against the famously conservative and religious Boy Scouts over gender identity and integration. I’m so old that I recall when people demanded that the Boy Scouts expand their membership to more protected categories, and when boycotts and marginalization were the only appropriate responses to male-only clubs and organizations. Wouldn’t it be better for girls to have a choice in scouting organizations?

Buzzfeed reported the letter saying, “For more than 100 years, our organizations have worked in a respectfully and complimentary manner, and we have been mutually supportive of one another’s mission to serve America’s youth. It is therefore unsettling that BSA would seek to upend a paradigm that has served both boys and girls so well through the years by moving forward with a plan that would result in fundamentally undercutting the Girl Scouts of the USA/”

They further reported:

“It’s a potentially dangerous and bad idea,” the spokesperson said, citing research supporting “single gender programming” which says that girls learn best in an all-girls environment when it comes to scouting.”

Wait, aren’t boys-only, and men-only, groups a bad thing?

The Takeaway

Women-only gyms are a good thing, because–women need a space to be safe from men. Okay, I can wrap my testosterone-warped brain around that one. Women want women’s groups, gyms, clubs etc, go ahead, civil society is free to form itself into the groups needed by its members. But on some campuses, men’s groups are blocked. In the UK, men’s only golf clubs were forced to open up to women years ago, to the detriment of wives who must now pay for 2 full memberships instead of 1. But wait, I see it now.

The key part of the GSA’s complain isn’t to do with gender-specific groups, but with ‘fundamentally undercutting the Girl Scouts of the USA.”

So when men’s only groups exist they’re sexist old boys clubs, and must be hounded out of existence. And when girls only groups are threatened, then we must reverse ourselves and say that gender specific groups are good, but only for girls, because…men suck.

If this weren’t so sickening I’d be amused. But seeing the legendary Boy Scouts of America prostrate themselves before the forces of the Left is nothing short of a sorry end to a noble institution, which impacted the lives of countless boys and men, including me.

We’ve learned two things from this sorry episode.

  1. Eventually the Left ruins everything,
  2. When ideology meets cash, cash wins.