Girls in the Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts recently admitted its first openly transgender member in the name of “equality,” “inclusivity,” “progress,” and a passel of other Orwellian buzzwords we throw around all the time these days. As we know it, gender lines in today’s society are being scrubbed out. Nobody really knows what gender or sexual orientation they are anymore, because it can change from week to week depending on the person’s feelings. If you visit the field of digital landmines that is Tumblr or play with the drop-down lists on Facebook, you can see the broad array of sexual orientations and gender statuses. It’s mind numbing.

So if a transgender child was allowed to join the Boy Scouts, why can’t a girl join? If she has served with the troop along with her brothers and friends, a simple thing like her gender (Or is it sex? I don’t know! I’m so confused!) shouldn’t be allowed to hold her back. If she wants to attain the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, why can’t she? Hmm… maybe because she’s a girl and the Boy Scouts is for boys?

Perhaps the simple solution would be to abolish the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, then combine the two under a single organization that would admit all children, regardless of their gender, sex, sexual orientation, and so on. You could have your delicious popcorn and your scrumptious cookies and never have to worry ever again that someone is being excluded. The kids could reach whatever prestigious ranks they wanted to, and they could also gain leadership skills while being distracted by peers of the opposite gender sex gender sex (I give up).

7 thoughts on “Girls in the Boy Scouts

  1. That was my second thought when I heard about these recent events. My first thought though was: if girls can join the Boy Scouts, then why can’t boys join the Girl Scouts? If girls can, then boys can, too. Isn’t it about equality? But then yes, ultimately, what’s the point of having a “boy” or “girl” scouts, let’s just make it Scouts and call it even.

    *sigh*

    It all makes me tired.

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      • Apologies, I was under the impression that girls were already able to join the Boy Scouts, I didn’t realize the policy was only for transgender. The controversy of girls joining the Boy Scouts is still in debate, but yet, why isn’t there a controversy for allowing boys into the Girl Scouts?

        The Scouts are a part of American culture, I don’t see what’s wrong with just blending the two together at this point. It’d sure eliminate the bickering and ad hominum debating!

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        • They really should just be one thing, it would make sense now. My impression when I was growing up was always that people put more importance on Eagle Scout than Gold Award as far as achievements that help get you into a good college/prepare you for life. Which is stupid, although I never actually got far enough as a Girl Scout to find out what the requirements for that are, so I don’t know how comparable they are. Either way, I feel like there’s some unequal expectations there, which might explain why there’s not a big movement of boys trying to join.

          According to a brief google, the Girl Scouts have been accepting mtf girls since at least 2011, so at the very least the Boy Scouts have caught up there. Maybe more changes will follow soon.

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  2. When I was a Boy Scout in the politically incorrect 70s, we went on weekend camping trips every month. After curfew, which we never observed, we spent hours telling the most offensive dirty jokes known to humankind. I believe that’s why we had camping trips. I still can’t tie more than three knots, or build a fire by rubbing two sticks together, or know which berries to eat when I’m lost in the woods, but I can offend anybody. Or, more accurately, not offend anybody, because I got all that out of my system way back when.

    I like inclusiveness. If we find out that “other” isn’t other, but just people like us, we’re all better off. So maybe the answer is to start with Cub Scouts and Brownies, then stream them all into a combined Boy and Girl Scouts organization. Or is it Girl and Boy Scouts? Yeah, let’s argue over that for a few decades.

    Oh, and don’t listen to me. I’m 53 years old and I’ve never had children. But I do have lots of advice…

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