This morning we posted a piece about the reluctance of men to become volunteers in the Scouts movement, a problem in part surely attributable to the huge influx of girls, adding to men’s justified fears of being branded paedophiles. Ally Fogg, a male feminist commentator on gender issues and journalist with The Guardian, has written a blog post on the matter, here. The first comments are mine, and are reproduced here:
Ally, you’ve predictably excluded an issue which Martin Daubney included in his piece, namely that it’s possible (I’d say it’s a cast-iron certainty) men are more reluctant to become volunteers following the admission of girls. He writes:
“Since 2007, it has been compulsory for girls to be admitted to the UK Scouts (no reciprocal agreements allow boys into the Brownies or Girl Guides). This drive to encourage “cross-gender participation” was a huge success: there are 83,363 female members aged between 6-25. But it’s possible that this boom has exacerbated the shortage of adult male volunteers willing to come forward…
To our shame, we have allowed male Scout leaders, teachers and any men working with children to become nudge-nudge, wink-wink figures of suspicion and ridicule.
Part of the blame must reside with the toxic, FEMINIST, [my emphasis], politically-driven whispering campaign that “all men are potential rapists”. Modern masculinity has been put in the dock, and there it appears to remain.”
Martin might have mentioned that the anti-male bias of the organization goes right to the top. 18 months ago I wrote a piece, Scouting is going tits up. Around the same time Belinda Brown penned an excellent piece for The Conservative Woman (a website I strongly recommended), Now the Scouts are to be transformed into a feminist front. The penultimate paragraph:
“In our contemporary society there are many who sit on the fence with regard to feminism. But feminism is deeply damaging to the fabric of society, hurting families and communities and creating hostilities between women and men. In its relentless, covert, all-pervasive and underhand way feminism is responsible for much unhappiness.”
I couldn’t have put it better myself…
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