Who wants your old boys’ club, anyway?
I was going to write about International Day of the Girl, and the awesome girls in my Activity Days group, and the palpable excitement last month when I asked them, “What don’t you like about Activity Days? What are some things you wish we could do?”
Instead, I have to address yesterday’s announcement that the Boy Scouts of America will soon allow girls to be in its scouting program, Eagle Scout award and all.
If you’re celebrating this, please take a step back and look at what it really means: some dudes whose club is shrinking decided to bring girls in to boost their numbers, and they didn’t bother consulting with their parallel organization that’s already serving girls.
That’s right: Boy Scout leadership made this huge announcement without any input from the people who are most interested in getting girls involved in scouting: the leaders of Girl Scouts of the USA.
It’s mansplaining at its worst: “Hey, we have a program that we really like for boys. Never mind that there’s a very similar program for girls–we’re just going to say that our program is for girls too! You’ll like that, right?”
To make matters worse, they did it in the most tone-deaf way possible, announcing the change on the International Day of the Girl–a day that the Girl Scouts celebrate.
That’s not inclusive; that’s patriarchal. Thanks but no thanks, guys.