scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Ahem and sexism in Scouting
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET
Sun Jun 11 2000 - 15:27:57 CDT
I will only weigh in here separate from the myriad of clips and cuts of
There are a couple of problems with this discussion. First, it is,
blatantly, sexist in nature. Attempts at justification have been given, but
the fact remains that BSA has set a policy that allows women to hold ALL
positions in scouting. Certain nationally chartered partners are allowed to
set their own policies. But BSA is not discriminatory in this fashion. It
is well past time for us, as leaders, to support the policy of BSA and our
own chartering institutions. It is not likely that BSA will change this
policy back ever; further arguing "I don't think women can/should do this
job" is pointless, in many respects.
Second, as to the ability of a woman to teach young men HOW to be men.
Statements that boys only learn how to be men from men are pointless. I
could recite a litany of things that I, as a man, know how to do, because of
my mom, not my dad. Additionally, I am reminded often of manly
responsibilities in my family often---by my wife. An individual's
recognition of himself is not complete without the view of others. Can men
truly teach themselves how to be themselves? The same is true of both
sexes. Women have just as much to add to teaching young men as men do...and
deserve the ability to be scoutmasters and assistant scoutmasters, now that
BSA allows for this.