Last month, another bastion of male exclusivity vanished as the Boy Scouts of America reversed its long-standing policy and announced it will admit girls. As a woman, I should be happy – at least according to some feminists.
Toni Van Pelt, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), said in response to the decision, “I think it’s a good thing in that the Boy Scouts have a long history of discrimination and they are taking action.” Responding to a Change.org petition launched by Sydney Ireland, a 15-year-old girl who said she wants to become an Eagle Scout, NOW passed a resolution in February calling on the Boy Scouts to admit girls.
Girl Scouts, however, weren’t so thrilled. They see the move as simply adding the Boy Scouts as a potential competitor for an already dwindling pool of girls interested in scouting. “Why not ask us how we could help them serve the 90-percent of the boys they’re choosing not to serve instead of pursuing girls?” said Girl Scouts’ Chief Customer Officer Lisa Margosian.
Of course, Girl Scouts could follow suit and begin competing with Boy Scouts for boy members. But everyone knows that initiative would fail. After all, girls are clamoring to be boys; boys aren’t clamoring to be girls.
As sex and dating columnist Jennifer Wright lamented, “(G)irls doing boy stuff is considered cool, but boys doing girl stuff is frowned upon. A girl can dress up as Spider-Man and everyone will think it’s fantastic, but if a boy dresses up as Wonder Woman, well, not so much.” Similarly, Wright noted that “being one of the boys” is a compliment for girls, but “playing like a girl” is considered an insult for boys.
So it’s cool to be a guy, but it’s uncool to be a girl. And much of culture, even many feminists, are completely fine with that.
Well I’m not.
I was disgusted by the Boy Scouts’ decision to admit girls. I’m even more disgusted that girls would clamor to be admitted to this all-boys club.
It’s not that I have any problem with girls developing camping skills. I loved camping as a kid and actually developed lots of camping and survival skills while attending an all-girls camp during my childhood summers. The Boy Scouts don’t have a monopoly on these activities and there are plenty of options for girls to participate in them beyond even the Girl Scouts.
What bothers me is that society, even women and girls, have an apparent aversion to identifying with the female gender and/or feminine virtues. I’m proud of being female and I think every girl should feel the same way. Instead of trying to be like men, we should boldly uphold womanhood.
Yet we’re aping men in practically every way, and have been for decades. Girls wanting to become Boy Scouts is simply the latest manifestation of this regrettable trend.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Julie Roys