[My thanks to William Gruff for inspiring the change of title.]
From the website of Girlguiding:
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.
We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.
I can see no evidence from the website that the organization intends to ever change its name, and start admitting boys and young men.
The Scouting Association has announced that it has elected Ann Limb, 62, a former senior civil servant and teacher, as its first female chair. And she says her priority is to get more girls and young women into the uniform.
“The image of Scouts as being white, middle-class boys in khaki shorts is not encouraging young women to join,” Limb told the Observer.
The daughter of a butcher in Manchester’s tough Moss Side district, Limb said inclusivity for girls was something she had championed all her working life.
“We want to grow the numbers of girls and young women, and scouting has to reflect society. When I was young, there was a certain type of person who went to Brownies or Guides or Scouts. That is changing.”
Hmm. Scouting ‘has to reflect society’, while Guiding… er… doesn’t. Ms Limb’s radical feminist leanings are evident in another extract:
“We want to be a more inclusive movement in a more diverse movement. It’s about growth and it would be nice to see a million Scouts,” Limb said. “The position of young girls and women is such at the moment that unless young boys understand what it’s like to be a young woman then you won’t get them to change their behaviour.”
Ms Limb’s prime motivation in taking on her role couldn’t be clearer – getting young boys to change their behaviour. What a vile ambition. She apparently sees no need for young girls to understand what it’s like to be a young boy, to get them to change their behaviour. No, that would be totally the wrong sort of gender equality. Boys need to be taught early to worship at the altars of Entitlement Princesses.
I was thinking of recommending that boy scouts leave the organization and join The Boys’ Brigade but I see even they admit girls.
What is wrong with women – and feminists in particular – that so many of them have a problem with male-only organizations, clubs etc.? Does it arise from hard-wired anxiety? A need to control and police males?
A final question. Are the leaders of the Scouts out of their cotton-picking minds, appointing Ms Limb to her new role? OK, that’s a rhetorical question.