Re: Female Leaders
Fri, 22 Nov 1991 16:41:04 CST
Troye Kauffman <AEZTROY@UICVMC> writes:
> I agree with the points that Mike Walton made about females being qualified
> to be scoutmasters.There is one thing that
> Mike did not address concerning female scoutmasters - is the BSA method of
> Adult Association completely served by a female scoutmaster?
> The jist of
> this method is that boys develop and learn from the examples and fellowship
> of high-quality adults. There should be no doubt that women can provide
> just as good of an example of everything that the program teaches, but are
> there gender-specific behaviour patterns or traits that need to be imparted
> to male youth? Does a woman provide a complete role model that can be used
> by boys as a template to grow into?
An interesting question. However, isn't the other half of this
question just as interesting and just as important? Don't you need
also to ask, "Does a MAN provide a complete role model that can be used
by boys as a template to grow into?" Not asking that half of the
question biases your perspsective and your understanding of what it
means to mature, what it means to be a man, what it means to be an
adult. It seems to me that such a limited and ill-constructed program
of "development" (sic) needs to be challenged and changed.
Gender roles are social, not genetic. Complete adults embrace both the
"female" and the "male" aspects of adulthood. Any formulation that
excludes either perspective is inherently flawed. And any formulation
that seeks to mold youth via a template mechanism of development is
also flawed. Let young men and women become whatever they want to be,
unlimited in their perspectives as the BSA method of Adult Association
is. Scrap this antique. It is evil.
\Chuck McCaffrey firstname.lastname@example.org 217-384-8585 opinions=mine
\ For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale,
/\ And for each unharmful gentle soul misplaced inside a jail,
/ \ And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City