About the skit .. .. ..
Jayne Ashworth (JPA@WATSON.ACC.VIRGINIA.EDU)
Fri, 3 Apr 1992 08:33:17 EST
I happen to agree with Mike's girlfriend that the portrayal of women
as desirable only if they are young and beautiful (as happened in
the skit Mike shared) is sending the wrong message to everyone who
participates in the skit. (And yes, I am aware that Mike was feeling
rushed at the time he shared the skit to the group and that mostly
he was trying to be helpful and that Mike is usually a very sage
and helpful person.) The skit shared above is just as bad as
the skit Mike shared: it presents a stereotypical characterization
of young men and says that the only desirable and wanted men are
those who are young and handsome. I realize the Boy Scout
publication from which this was taken is quite old, and I am
thinking that this skit probably would not appear in a current BSA
publication because of its message.
The skit does upset me. Its acceptance in this group upsets me,
too. It is this type of "oh it was just in fun and for group
building" justification that makes the girls in my Girl Scout
troop want to do occasional activities with Boy Scout troops but
for most of our activities want to work independently in an
atmosphere where they can be accepted for what they are and for
their special talents, not because of how they do or do not fit
the societal image of young and beautiful.
As leaders of young people, our actions as role models are probably
more important than anything we say. As trainers of other Scout
leaders, the tone we set in training will spread far and wide with
each participant. I'm asking that we be a bit more sensitive to
the positions we hold and try to propagate *positive* images when
we need to propagate a characterization of people at all.
Now, I could be over-reacting, so I'm asking: am I completely
off-base here? Jayne Ashworth
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City