Re: Girls in BSA
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 26 Aug 1995 20:29:50 -0400
First, for the record, I'm female. 2nd, as I said in my intro I once
spent several months as a Girl Scout. 3rd, on many issues, I seem to be
both liberal and conservative simultaneously. And 4th, I am the proud
Mother of an Eagle Scout.
I'm opposed to girls in the Scouting program. I am likewise opposed to
girls in the Citadel and at VMI. My reasons differ, of course, but as an
indicator of "where I'm coming from."
In Scouting, my reasons are ... boys cross from Cubs int0 Boy scouts at
an age where most of them (at least all the ones I've known) still
consider girls as gross and yucky. Including girls in the activities
isn't going to strike the boys as a good idea, and many of them will
resist continuing in the program. Others will use the girls as
convenient targets ... take any younger female sibling on your next
camping trip and watch what happens.
Finally, of course, I do not see that it is the responsibility
ofOrganization A to repair the deficits of organization B. If sufficient
numbers of girls drop out of GSA, they will either be yanked kicking and
screaming into the 20th century or they will fold. IF they fold, then
BSA might want to consider including girls.
By the time the boys are 14 or 15 (Explorer age, right?), many of them
are willing to concede that girls may have redeeeming social value.
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