The threat: bone-chillingly radical feminist Girl Scouts.
Mississippi-based Christian “news” service One News Now claims to offer up “news without the liberal bias”.
It also offers up news without that dastardly word “gay”, as Jeff Fecke and Melissa have noted at Shakesville; ONN hasn’t yet figured out that global auto-replace may have embarrassing results. (For them, not for Tyson Gay, who I suspect is laughing his arse off.)
But this article isn’t about that. This article is a paean to the Girl Scouts of America, who are pissing the fundies of One News Now right the fuck off. Columnist Marcia Segelstein has an article up called “The Girl Scouts’ new radicalism“. She repudiates the Scouts for crimes against humanity and God including environmental activism, peace education, sisterhood, and activism against gender bias.
Segelstein labels the Scouts “radical feminists”.
She is very, very concerned. And here’s what she’s concerned about.
[emphases are mine.]
The GSUSA is introducing a new “Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” essentially a new curriculum, titled “Journeys.” The first series of books, one for every level of scouting, will be released this summer called “It’s Your World – Change It.” As you may have guessed from the title, it’s all about girls “taking action.”
In the words of the Girl Scouts’ literature, the mission is for girls to “lead with courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.” Sounds innocuous enough. But the GSUSA leadership has some specific ideas about what exactly “making the world a better place” means.
For example, seventh- and eighth-grade cadettes will participate in an eight-session “Journey” called “aMaze,” in which “girls create ‘peace kits’ and learn how to create more peace in the world, one relationship at a time.” It sounds sweet, but is there a lesson in there about peace often coming with a price?
The “Journey” for the oldest Girl Scouts is called “Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy.” In it, “girls explore the rich and global history of women’s advocacy efforts and engages girls to become advocates in their communities.” Advocates for what, you might well wonder.
Here’s one example. In August, the GSUSA is inviting girls to “explore climate change as it relates to environment, community and the global community.” They will meet with experts “to explore the issue of global climate change” and “come up with action plans to…make a difference in [their] own community.”
Many adults associated with the Girl Scouts have expressed serious concerns about this new curriculum. Promoting social activism, emphasizing the power of self, and jumping on the bandwagon of politically correct causes like global warming are further evidence to them of the organization’s ever-growing radicalism.
Segelstein doesn’t mention any concerns with the Scouts’ bilingual literacy programmes, their outreach for daughters of incarcerated mothers or girls in detention centres, their anti-violence and drug education, their sports, fitness and hiking schemes, or their strong support for girls in science.
But as her column goes on, she becomes increasingly alarmed – not only is God now optional in the Girl Scout promise, but apparently some leaders are teaching girls to look within themselves, within their own spirits, for guidance. Quelle horreur! Segelstein hisses:
Telling girls to look inside themselves for direction, especially teenage girls, is like advising them to wear a blindfold while driving.
And that’s what this is about, when you boil it down. We shouldn’t allow girls any agency, or attribute them any competence. They are immoral little vessels of sin, degradation, peace, and feminism; timebombs waiting to happen. Without the firm hand of male, conservative ministers to keep them in their place, all is lost, lost I say, for the fundy cause.
Segelstein continues to panic about sex and ethics education within the Girl Scout community. She notes that a Senior Scout manual now includes information on working through ethical decisions around end-of-life care for relatives, and pregnancy termination, and Girl Scout councils in several states have worked with Planned Parenthood to provide sex education programmes and Planned Parenthood visits for young Scouts. Plus – *whispers* – some Girl Scouts are lesbians. Didn’t that just make you swoon right out of your socks?
So all hail the Girl Scouts from me! Growing young feminists and activists is essential work. Good on youse all.
Can we get a fainting-couch over here, for Ms Segelstein, please? Oh, and a dictionary. Cheers.
[Hat tip to Stephan Zielinski. Go check out his photos of the San Francisco Dyke Festival – he’s a talented street portrait photographer – and the new webcomic he is co-authoring with Sean Willard, Explosive Bolts.]