Language and gender (BSA)
Ian N Ford FRSH (addvent@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 12:19:34 +0100
I looked at the headers on my messages today ... one was " Cross Dressing
at Camp " and the other was " Cubmaster as Stripper "
Then I realised that the CubMASTER (sic) was female and not the cross dresser
at camp. <g> I know that Cubs are a bit young to have mistresses, but
stripping Cub Masters ? Maybe BSA needs to use the gender neutral Cub
But on a serious note, I have always felt that the title Scout MASTER
(or Scout Mistress for that matter ) is inappropriate for the last five
hundred days of the twentieth century. Surely we are Scout LEADERS who
should be leading by example, not " masters " who impose authority on
This is not a matter of gender PC, more a definition of roles and
relationships. As a LEADER I see myself as a counsellor / adviser /
facilitator and also as an adult who has a legal and moral responsibility
for the health, safety and welfare of young people entrusted to my care.
That does not mean that the relationship should be of a master and a
subordinate. What do others think ?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City