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Gender Police and the Boy Scout

Why do you sit like a girl?

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“Why do you sit like a girl?”

I’m at a picnic table, tying knots for a merit badge test. We’re in the Sierra Nevadas, on a hiking trip with my Boy Scout troop. I’m probably 10 or 11.

I look up. “Huh?”

Three of the older guys from the troop loom over the other side of the table. I squint…

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Bob Merckel

Bob Merckel

Editor: Counter Arts | Reader, writer, not so much arithmeticker. English teacher/language consultant in Barcelona and Provincetown.

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