As politically incorrect as it is to say these days, our society doesn’t appreciate men. We’ve got so caught up in the “women’s liberation” movement, we neglected to train the boys: and the result is a nation of pansy men. It’s sad, but I am manlier than a lot of men I know.
Unfortunately, one of the last places that focused on American manhood is becoming a place of social experiments and adult politics. This week the Boy Scouts announced that they are officially dropping the name “boy” in 2019 and changing their institution to the neutral name of “The Scouts.” This is an effort to allow girls to compete for the highest honor which is not available to them—Eagle Scout. Apparently, we still aren’t gender fluid enough. Everything the boys have the girls want. And in the name of “female equality” we justify erasing a boy’s haven into a gender-neutral zone. Male rights and learning environments are officially non-existent.
We treat boys (and men) like second rate human beings. Yes, the past tells a sexist story but that was the past. We live in the present. We treat them like they aren’t as superior as we women, and yet we tell girls they need to want to “be like a man.” The inconsistency would be laughable if it wasn’t so appalling. The Boy Scout system has worked for over a hundred years, and it has produced boys and girls who benefited from the Scout Law and rigid structure of the Boy/Girl Scout Program. By messing with the fluidity of the Scouts, we give mixed messages about women’s empowerment to young girls. Essentially, we are telling them they aren’t good enough unless they have everything the boys do.
While girls should be offered equal opportunities, and be eligible for every opportunity for success, they already have the Girl Scouts. If girls feel that the system is broken, boring, needs an Eagle Scout rank, or is unfulfilling to them, then these same girls need to show initiative and exercise their female rights to fix their own institution. That’s real life. Real life is full of problems. It’s full of inequality. Life has problems. But teaching a young girl how to fix policies, procedures, and inconsistencies within her own institution will make her a better employee, citizen, and woman in the future. Demanding that the boys fix the institutional glitches within the Girl Scouts is expressing the sentiment that girls can’t fix their own problems. I thought we lived in 2018 where girls are just as good as men, if not 100% superior?
The Boy Scouts is not a lab for adults to make social experiments—it’s a safe place for boys to learn how to be men. Their 12-point law states, “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.” We need more men like that. We don’t need to distract boys with girls, social issues, and political gender issues. They get that in school, movies, sports, and everywhere. Thy need a place where they can tune out the world and just be little boys. The Boy Scouts is simply one area where gender fluidity isn’t important. At all!
With an increasing number of gender neutral arenas, boys are finding themselves with less places to escape to learn and play in the way little boys do. This video from PragerU University explains that boys are treated like defective girls in the school room. Across schools statistics show that boys get in more trouble than girls for being restless, rowdy, and boyish. They also show that boy grades are lower because they read and write about things like monsters, battles, Guinness World Records, and Legos. Girls, however, respond to traditional ideals of heartfelt sentiment and Shakespeare. If our society grades little boys against the “good behavior” of little girls, where is the male diversity? If our schools aren’t providing places for boys to learn in their own ways, then we need organizations like the Boy Scouts to provide these environments for them instead.
Ultimately, boys need a place to be held to a standard that isn’t compared to that of a girl. Like steel sharpens steel, boys thrive when they can compete physically and mentally against each other. They need a hands-on environment. They need to compare themselves to noble male figures in order to grow into those same men. They need a place to validate their manliness, and not be distracted by little girls.
And for the last hundred years American boys could retreat to the Boy Scouts.
“In scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed.” -Robert Powell
The same rule apples for girls. They need the skills, laws, merits, and ideals of the Girl Scouts—but they need to do it without the distraction of disruptive little boys. I believe in equality! But I also believe its not unfair, sexist, or demeaning to learn in gender-like bubbles. Should girls be offered the highest honor of Eagle Scout? Absolutely! Do they have to crash the boys’ camp to do so? I don’t think it’s necessary. Political agendas have no place in the world of children—they have enough to learn as it is.
As a girl, I learned much better when I wasn’t distracted by boys. They are louder, dirtier, make lots of noises, and when you’re a boy-crazy teenager (raises hand) not much gets learned. (Besides, who needs boys to be super cool? *wink face*)
That’s my rant. All I have to say Boys Scouts, is you let me down. Making girls believe that they have to compete in the boys’ camp to experience “ultimately equality” is sexist. Let girls compete with boys for Eagle Scout in their own camp, like girls, and with girls. But you’re not empowering anyone by making your program “fluid and inclusive.” We need manly men and strong girls. But let us learn how to be them in our own ways, without holding us to the same standards as the opposite gender. It’s not fair to the girls, and it’s surely isn’t accepting of male diversity.
In memory of the original Boy Scout movement, here is a link to the heartwarming Disney movie, Follow Me, Boys. It’s about a troop of Boy Scouts and the way it shaped a small town of ruffians into stellar citizens. You’ll fall in love and reminisce in the Old American values we used to enjoy!