Robert Gerhard (RAGerhard@AOL.COM)
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 11:58:06 EDT
I think it is interesting that we are all condemning a woman who strips for a
living. I've always thought they were the smart ones. (Not necessarily the
smarter women, just the smarter of the people in the strip clubs!) I don't
think they are "lowering themselves" in the way most people do, I think they
are taking full advantage of the men who will lower themselves to the point of
going into a strip club.
Who's committing the sin? The woman who shows her body, or the man who pays
her? You can make it illegal, you can ban it completely, but there will still
be men willing to pay to see a naked woman. On the other hand, you take away
the paying customers and there will be very few women willing to strip.
Where's the incentive? Women are smarter than that. They know there are weak
men. Is their sin stripping or capitalizing on opportunity?
The very length of this thread indicates that it is a topic that has touched
several nerves in all of us. When that happens, it is usually because of some
underlying fear we have. So we should ask ourselves what we are afraid of.
Are we afraid our children will discover there are strip clubs? No, they know
that. Are we afraid they will learn that people will do odd things for money?
No, they know that too. Are we afraid that they will learn that even someone
with an occupation as controversial as stripping can be a caring, comforting,
conscientious person? Are we afraid that even a stripper could live up to the
Scout Law? Are we afraid that our view of right and wrong is not the only
view? Are we afraid that our children will learn to accept something we do
not? (Surprise! In time they will. What do you accept that your parents did
Anyway, the way I see it the best line concerning the Stripping Cubmaster is
this: If you're in her pack and you don't like the way she conducts herself
exercise your right to move to another pack. It's not your job to "save" her
or "protect" everyone else, it's your job to find the environment you think is
best for your son. Each parent in the pack must do that themselves. Other
parents may be perfectly happy with her as the Cubmaster. By forcing her to
step down, you are forcing every other family involved to bend to your desire.
If that's not a sin, I don't know what is.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City