Re: Women as Scoutmasters
Ben Parker (bparker@HOME.INTERACCESS.COM)
Wed, 22 Dec 1993 23:18:17 -0600
Why do we have to arbitrarily say any given job (including sex!) has to
have a male or female doing it. Shouldn't we be focusing on the skills
and knowledge necessary to the task instead? You don't think a female Drill
Instructor can't be just as tough/loud/nasty/mean as a man? Think again!
This is exactly the same as saying the job can only be done by a person of
_________ color. This is unnecessary and mainly irrelevant!
I think the main job of Scoutmaster, and any troop adult leader (ASM's) is
to provide the necessary direction and oversight and program planning
needed for the program. Secondarily they serve as role-models of adult
behavior for the boys. I see no reason why it makes any difference
whether that adult model is male or female, as long as they are a good model.
Especially with the increasing number of split families, single parents,
etc. It is more important that boys (all kids actually) have responsible
role models of some kind than to insist that they be male. If a troop is
serving its youth well, then that's fine. If there isn't a male available
or willing to accept the job then I'd rather have the woman doing it than
not have a troop. Once again women are proving they can do as good, if
not infact a better job, than many of us guys.
I am over 40, but not finding it impossible to recognize the talent for
being good at a particular job should not be viewed thru gender glasses.
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