Re: Girls in Scouts
BRIAN COOPER (cooperba@OZEMAIL.COM.AU)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 07:33:43 +1000
As a leader with mixed scout troop in Australia I have found that there are few
if any problems having a mixed group. Both sexes get on well and work in a
Remember it was not for some staid victorian ideas at the time scouting would
have been mixed from day one.
It is about time that those individuals who have fossilised memories of the
past start living in the present in preparation for the future. The issue of
whether a girl joins scouting is the decision of the youth member and her
If there are objections to female membership then there should be a consistancy
in approach that there be no female members at all. This would include the
majority cub leaders where then would be scout and cub sections be.
The admission of female membership australia has been a fact of the Australian
Movement for at least the last 21 years. The doomsayers who said it would not
work have been proven wrong.
If one does have inappropriate sexist ideas about the role of girls then
perhaps this is not the forum to express them as there are youth and adult
members of both sexes who subscribe to this list.
Reply to message text:
From: Alan Jones <alan@SAWASDI.APANA.ORG.AU>
I have been reading the thread that has once again raised its head here in our
In Australia we have a problem with what is actually being said, we have an Act
of Parliament here called the Equal Opportunites Act, it has many facets to it.
One however which does concern me is the way that often someone will get very
vocal in the open forum making what is calssified in Australia as sexist and
derogatory remarks, for those who understand the laws in question you will
Please if you want to have a hands up drag them down fight about whether or not
girls should join Scouts (the term Boy in our Scouts "HAD" to be removed in the
mid-1970's) - fine. BUT take it to e-mail, this area is public and is
monitored, I no longer reaf the messages but delete them straight away, it is
an offense for me to have those messages on my machine.
So please show some common sense and lets think before we get carried away.
I do not wish to cut my feed, this is a brilliant area, I get an awful lot out
of it. I you wish to discuss this with me, I am only too happy to do so - BUT
TAKE IT TO EMAIL!!
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