The Boy Scouts announced Wednesday they will let girls into the Cub Scouts in a bid to "evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children." As benign as this may seem — after all, it's just camping and knife skills, right? — few things demonstrate societal goals more than the choices we make regarding our youngest generation: from education and child care to parenting and community, what we show and teach our young people reflect societal values at large.
This decision is not only indicative of the toxic hold third-wave feminism has on large organizations and the people who run them, but demonstrative of a consolidated effort to eradicate the influence of boys and men on society. Simply put, it's not enough to emasculate men or categorize them as predators or toxic, now we must equate them with girls in order to remove gender differences, and eventually men, altogether.
Scouts bend to feminist pressure
The decision the Boy Scouts of America made to allow girls into their 100 year-old all-male club shows how much misguided influence feminists have over even large, influential, organizations. NBC reports, "Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women urged the Boy Scouts to admit girls to the entire program, supporting the efforts of a New York teenager, Sydney Ireland, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, as her older brother did."
So, one girl, who could have joined Girl Scouts (and perhaps she did?), decided the boys stuff looks cooler — and it does — joined with NOW, and lobbied the Boy Scouts to change a program that's been functioning as an all-boys group for several decades.
I can think of few other factions of American society that have as much sway as the third wave of feminists who believe it's not enough that women enjoy equality under the law and equal opportunity in the workplace, but they must be a force in all aspects of society simply because of their gender. This is not only contrary to what feminists of yore hoped to achieve — equality due to personhood, gender notwithstanding — but is quite harmful today. Women should be involved in organizations either based on merit, or in this particular case, not at all, simply because they fail to meet the correct criteria or qualifications (in this case, the right gender).
The Boy Scout decision seeks first to remove gender differences
Part of the reason NOW was no doubt successfully able to pressure the Boy Scouts into allowing girls into their group was the simple fact that they believed it was a form of discrimination based on misrepresented thinking. As fun as the Boy Scouts might have looked to Sydney Ireland, it sounds as if NOW took her sentiments and pushed them a bit farther in a way that would benefit girls and hurt boys. Girls have Girl Scouts and other organizations they can be apart of, should they wish to join similar organizations. Still, progressive feminists don't believe equality is enough — they want entitlement, even if it means shunning biology. This decision is reminiscent of that old Gatorade ad with Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm? The lyrics blasted, "Anything he can do, I can do better."
Feminists and many other progressive groups continue to push the idea that there are few noted differences between boys and girls, so why should they learn and play in separate organizations?
If there are few, if any, measurable differences between boys and girls, surely they don't need separate clubs or organizations. This is both false and wrongheaded. There are countless differences between the sexes which should be recognized and celebrated, and which are hardly a detriment to society, but often a boon. As a mother of four kids — two boys and two girls — I've seen this repeatedly in my family; I hate to see propaganda force biology to be disregarded or abused in either case.
Pretending girls would be interested in all the same things boys are, and thus demanding they should belong to the same club, is to ignore the vast biological differences in favor of the latest feminist propaganda de jure. It doesn't mean girls can't want to do some of the fun things the boys do in Cub Scouts — archery does sound more fun than selling cookies — but they don't need to interfere with male bonding, which is vital, to accomplish that. Simply petition Scout leaders to add different activities to the docket or banish other things altogether.
Boy Scout decision teaches young people to devalue boys
If a society which has been warning the end of men is near for decades decided to slowly devalue men to the point of extinction, where would it start? Certainly not in politics or the private sector but in school, when kids are malleable. Colleges have been touting that masculinity is toxic, and Generation X and the millennials already believe men should be obsolete, so it's no surprise they'd stoop to school-age children to inform them there are no differences between boys and girls and in fact, boys aren't all that important. Certainly not enough to keep their own club.
The Boy Scouts aren't just allowing girls into their clubs, they're barring boys from having their own boys club, removing an essential aspect of boys' development, including emotional maturity, self-confidence, and self-awareness. This will further evolve into boys feeling they must either conform to act like girls — even though the Boy Scouts promised the male and female "dens" would be separate — or slowly lose value as their own entity altogether. Either (or both) results are damaging for boys' self-esteem as it affects the men they will later become — and as such, how they will further influence society at large as adults.
It's disappointing to see an all-male organization, tasked with helping capable boys become strong, independent adults, succumb to the pressure of a feminist organization, which seeks to neutralize gender differences and devalue boys and men altogether.
Nicole Russell is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. She is a journalist in Washington, D.C., who previously worked in Republican politics in Minnesota. She was the 2010 recipient of the American Spectator's Young Journalist Award.
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