The Hypocrisy of Feminism is on Display in the Boy Scouts
Modern feminism is a movement quite unlike the movement that sought equality in the 1960’s. While there can be no doubt that the founders of feminism in the 60’s wanted more than just equal pay, or the right to vote; the movement as it stands today communicates a male-hating hypocrisy that is hard to ignore.
The deafening silence of modern feminism to sex-selective abortion both in the United States and abroad is enough to earn the title of hypocrite. However, I am particularly interested in the reaction of feminism to the recent announcement by the Boy Scouts of America to allow girls into the program.
It was recently announced by the Boy Scouts (BSA) that they would begin allowing girls into the Cub Scouts starting in 2018 while developing a program to integrate girls into all stages of the BSA program. The end-goal will be to give girls access to the Eagle Scout program. And while boys and girls will not initially be mixed, it is reasonable, given the many changes in scouting protocol to assume that boys and girls will eventually be together.
Albert Mohler commented on his daily podcast, The Briefing, that this change comes as a result of “years of pressure from women’s groups that say girls should have access to programs like the Eagle Scouts.” Here’s where we can see the hypocrisy of feminism and those that adhere to a modern feminist worldview on display.
Why have women’s groups been pressuring the BSA to allow girls into their program?
Why haven’t these groups concentrated their efforts in helping the Girl Scouts develop a program similar to the Eagle Scouts?
Why have these same women’s groups not advocated, in the interest of equality, access for boys into The Girl Scouts?
The idea that there is something inherently wrong with a group dedicated to training boys and another group dedicated to training girls is a false narrative. This thinking is helping to fuel the blurring of gender lines. But there’s a hypocrisy here in the fact that these same groups have no interest in advocating access to girls’ groups for boys.
While they claim to be about equality, and they only want to seek equality for girls, they undermine their message by refusing to advocate access for boys to girls groups. If equality was really the goal, then they would simply advocate for groups where boys and girls all have the same access. By refusing to do so they prove that equality is not really the goal, but rather the goal is to make sure there’s not a single boys group without a girl in it; while girls maintain their exclusivity.
What’s really intriguing about this change is the response from The Girls Scouts (GS).
According to an article at The New York Post, GS executives are angry over this decision and pushing back against inclusion of girls into the BSA. What? The article stated:
“The Boy Scouts’ house is on fire. Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA’s senior management wants to add an accelerate (sic) to the house fire by recruiting girls.”
You mean a group dedicated to training girls doesn’t want girls in a group dedicated to training boys? That’s not very inclusive. And it certainly doesn’t promote gender equality. And yet, in a twist of irony I’m still trying to wrap my mind around, women’s groups like NOW (National Organization for Women) thinks this is a great idea. Obviously there is a miscommunication between the “women’s advocates of The Girls Scouts and those of NOW as to what is best for girls.
The Girl Scouts even went so far as to promote their “single gender environment” in their criticism of the decision by the BSA. This also shows a disconnect between what leaders of these groups thinks is best for boys and girls. Or, does it show the hypocrisy of the feminist movement?
Feminists are quick to cry foul over single-gender groups like The Boy Scouts. They want to see “inclusion” and “equality” by allowing girls access to the program. But they are not interested in seeing the same “inclusion” and “equality” for boys by allowing them access to single-gender girls programs/groups. This reality undermines any attempt by NOW or other groups to claim equality as their purpose.
This is largely a result of declining membership in the Boy Scouts. Each time the BSA bends their knee to the sexual revolution they lose members. Rather than standing firm (with the backing of a majority of their members) they have bowed to pressure and declined in membership; while new groups like Trail Life USA continue to grow.
Ultimately, Albert Mohler is right when he said in his podcast that the next eventual step for the Boy Scouts will be mixing boys and girls in their programs. They have to. They’ve bowed their knee to pressure from the sexual revolution and groups like NOW by including homosexual boys, transgender boys, and now girls. There’s nothing left but to simply change their name to “The Scouts of America” and have a mixed-gender group. But don’t expect the Girl Scouts to be pressured, or to do anything similar.
Modern feminism is a hypocritical movement of inconsistent beliefs. Power, money, and a society where women are perceived as the smarter, dominant gender is the goal. True gender equality looks nothing like modern feminism.