Boy Scouts and the Long-Overdue Demise of “Separate But Equal”
Mirah Curzer

I am a Girl Scout, yet, I am an introvert. These two things do not work together well at all. The importance that the Girl Scouts place on team building and cooperation makes working together not just encouraged, but unavoidable.

I’m still glad to be a Girl Scout. I still show up every year to sell cookies outside in the rain and snow. I still flaunt attendance at bedazzling parties.

So, fine, maybe the fact that our main form of community service is baking and decorating cupcakes for the soup kitchen is kind of problematic — but Girl Scouts isn’t just a symptom of a greater cultural problem. It’s an organisation that explores a different aspect of who we are as people.

I wouldn’t mind telling ghost stories around the campfire, but I wouldn’t want to give up singing songs around the campfire, laughing until we cry. That was after a day of hiking, of plant identification — maybe Girl Scouts have less science options, but we still have science, trust me, I’ve participated.

You compare gender segregation to racial segregation, but that’s not a full picture. Girl Scout’s may promote a different sort of activities, but unlike racially segregated areas, there is no one side that has lesser resources and an unfair disadvantage.

Let girls join the Boy Scouts. Encourage them even.

But let boys join the Girls Scouts too — and don’t, not for a second, make that out to be an inferior choice.

I enjoy the idea of co-ed scouting, but I can’t help being afraid of how it will turn out. Will it really be a full blending with camping AND musical workshops?

Will it really encourage everyone or will it wipe away all the Girl Scouts do to encourage the arts REPLACING them with camping and STEM? The ideas can co-exist. The ideas should co-exist, but would they?

…and, yeah, maybe I hate how much the Girl Scouts require teamwork and friendship, but it made me a better person. Not a better girl, a better person.

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