The War Between the Scouts

Poor Boy Scouts. First they struggled over whether to allow gays in. Now they’re allowing girls too, and changing their name, from Boy Scouts of America to Scouting BSA. (And what, pray tell, does “BSA” stand for?)

Predictably, this has provoked howls of outrage, at what’s seen as yet another too-politically-correct feminist liberal assault upon America’s hallowed traditions. Fox’s Tucker Carlson called it “the criminalization of masculinity!” But commentator Aisha Sultan writes that that anger is misdirected. “Rather than jumping on this as a chance to bash women, girls and political opponents,” Sultan concludes, “‘those so outraged should turn their anger to the men in charge” of the Boy Scouts.

Huh?? Really? What crime, exactly, have those men committed?

As Sultan’s piece explains, no outsiders were pressuring the Boy Scouts to change. What drove them was falling membership — unsurprising in the age of smartphones. How many boys today are into woodsmanship? They want to earn not merit badges but Instagram “likes” and high scores on Castle Crashers. So no longer could the Scouts afford to exclude half the potential membership pool (i.e, girls).

The (former) Boy Scouts plan to still keep genders pretty much separate. But allowing girls to participate seems a no-brainer in this enlightened 21st century. And who is hurt by it?

The Girl Scouts.

Those champions of girls are not applauding the Boy Scouts’ pro-girl initiative. Because, already faced with their own similar existential challenges, the Girl Scouts see the Boy Scouts’ move as a mortal threat, poaching some likely recruits. So the Girl Scouts have declared war, “gearing up an aggressive campaign” to defend their turf, Sultan writes. She quotes Girl Scouts CEO Bonnie Barczynkowski: “No matter how the Boy Scouts may try to restructure their programming to include girls,” the Girl Scouts don’t merely include girls, they’re specifically geared “to meet the unique needs, learning styles and interests of girls.”

Here we see the primordial feminist schizophrenia: arguing that females are no different from males and must be treated the same — and that they’re different and the differences must be honored. (Thus feminists hounded Lawrence Summers out of Harvard’s presidency for suggesting women might be underrepresented in the sciences because their brains work differently, while a group of Harvard feminists published Women’s Ways of Knowing, maintaining that female brains do work differently, hailed as a feminist manifesto.)

Are they really made from Girl Scouts?

Anyway, how far will the war between the scouts go? Will the Boy Scouts carry the battle into enemy territory (like Lee attacking Gettysburg) by inaugurating Boy Scout cookies? And the obvious logical counterpunch for the Girl Scouts would be to admit boys, and change their name too. Then the two organizations can fight it out on equal terms, scrapping over a shrinking pool of potential recruits of whatever gender.

Or . . . why not simply merge?

In any case, let’s hope the cookies do not become casualties of the war.

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3 Responses to “The War Between the Scouts”

  1. DAN FAREK Says:

    BSA are the initials of the Birmingham Small Arms Company. They were a major producer of military and civilian firearms. Also motorcycles. Great choice for the Scouts.
    Dan Farek

  2. Lee Says:

    Perhaps I can shed some light on the “primordial feminist schizophrenia” that women are different from men and should be treated the same. As I see it, the distinction is one of privilege.

    Rich and poor should have the same opportunities but the government safety net should focus on the latter. For example, welfare for large multinational corporations is not the same as welfare for the poor.

    Whites and people of color should have the same opportunities but anti-discrimination should focus on where the discrimination is. (Yes, white people do experience discrimination several times in their lives, but people of color experience it as much as several times per day; ask a large black man how many white women each week clutch their purses as they pass by; ask people of color how many times they are asked to speak for their race; ask whether people of color fear for their lives at traffic stops; etc.)

    And people of all genders should have the same opportunities but special care is needed to help those in need. Coddling those who continue to face discrimination is not the same as coddling those with privilege.

  3. djedi9 Says:

    Haaa Haaa Haaa! Great little piece Frank! Thanks.Wolfgang

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