My Stint as a Girl Scout: Feminism & It’s Destruction of A Good Thing

Recently, an article was written by Cathy Cleaver Ruse at, entitled “Say no to Girl Scout cookies“. Ruse discusses some disturbing events in Girl Scouts of America that really hit home with me. Ruse writes about the shockingly blatant imposition of radical feminism, abortion, and sexuality on young girls of today. Some may be quick to dismiss her opinion and claims as nonsense. However, from my experiences I urge you to take a closer look.

On My Honor I Will Try…

Girl Scouts of America: Innocent? Or Radical Feminism Training Ground?Yes, you read correctly. I, Matthew, a man, was once an honorary girl scout. Of course, it wasn’t anything as disturbing as the aforementioned situation in Ruse’s article. ( a girl scout leader was forced to welcome a boy into the troop as a girl). Oh no. Far more innocent than that. My mother was a girl scout leader for many years. During that time, I was too young (or she presumed I was too young) to stay home alone. This meant that, routinely, I went to girl scout meetings (I rarely participated. Usually the other co-leader’s son and I would go off and play with cars or run around the school outside). However, as we were regular attendees because of our mothers, we often were coerced into participating, skirt and everything. No. Not really. Well, not the skirt part, anyway. The point is, we had an insiders view.

Obvious Disdain

Among our experiences as covert cookie pushers, one that stands is my visits to the regional Girl Scout Headquarters here in Flint, Michigan. One would think that being a well-behaved and polite child of a leader would mean you would be accepted as just another visitor: wrong. The truth is, many of those in the higher ups of Girl Scouts have a radically different worldview than the average American. Their worldview includes very negative feelings about men—even young men, even boys.

This was obvious to 12 year old me who at the time had little to no knowledge of radical feminism. My mom wasn’t a feminist, and she didn’t talk about it either. My summations of those experiences come solely from the experience themselves—not external influence. They didn’t like males. All males. It was obvious. From the sexist posters of female dominance to the ever constant glare from every women there. They watched me like I was some horrible criminal. I didn’t quite understand it then, but I knew there was a looming atmosphere of disdain for non-females.

At that young age, I sensed it. I couldn’t put it into terms, but I could see it and feel it. It came to a point where when we visited the council headquarters, I would beg my mom to let me stay out in the car. The last thing I wanted was to go inside and be made to feel like a pariah for no fault of my own. I told my mom that. She let me stay outside.

Girl Scouts & Radical Feminism

A Radical FeminismThe evidence isn’t just anecdotal. One website, 100 Questions for the Girl Scouts, has many interesting facts that most parents of a Girl Scout would find disturbing. The worst part? As much as I wish it was paranoid conspiracy, they have it documented with direct quotes and sources.

On their page in regard to radical feminism, they mention the following issues supported by radical feminists:

…Unrestricted access to government-funded abortion, government-funded contraceptives, lesbian rights, same-sex marriage, transgender rights, affirmative action, universal government-provided health insurance or health care, Title IX, government-funded daycare, government-mandated “comprehensive sexuality education,” legalization of prostitution, sexual rights for children, the U.S. Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the UN CEDAW treaty, communism, Marxism, existentialism, and extreme environmentalism.

And furthermore,

Many radical feminist organizations are connected to each other through coalitions, projects, membership in umbrella organizations, and through overlapping board members and/or staff. This is certainly the case with the Girl Scouts, which maintains memberships in a number of radical feminist organizations. GSUSA [Girl Scouts of the United States of America] also has a number of board members and staff that have served or currently serve within other radical feminist organizations.

Source: 100 Questions for the Girl Scouts: The Girl Scouts and Radical Feminism

It would take an extensive amount of time to go over all of the assertions made by this website. I don’t have the time or space to addresss them in this article, but I highly suggest you visit the links in this page and see for yourself. Find out for yourself what the issues are. Knowledge is power.

An Amazing Idea Gone Bad

I’d like to conclude with this: I think Girl Scouts is an amazing idea. Juliette Gordon Low had a very noble idea in mind when she formed the Girl Scouts nearly a century ago. But in recent years, as with many institutions, it has been undermined by those with radical views that contradict the very founding of the organization. Girl Scouts was meant as a way for girls and young women to bond, learn, and grow as individuals; not to impose a radical worldview of gender superiority.

It’s not too late to steer Girl Scouts back on track, but concerned parents will need to start learning about what’s really going on behind the scenes. They will need to take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer, participate, and lobby for reform. It’ll also require a concerted effort by consumers to boycott the sale of girl scout cookies. By the way, as Ruse mentioned in her article, it is true that the girls who sell those cookies receive only a few cents a box for their troop. The rest goes to the council to support their extravagant buildings and push their agenda. This was true at least as far back as the early 90s.

Unless parents become active, just like politics in this country, the situation at Girl Scouts of America will continue to spiral out of control. Sadly, far too many young and impressionable girls are being taught a dangerous worldview guised in empowerment. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for equal rights. Just not at the cost of promoting “reverse” sexism.

What are your experiences and thoughts? Opposing views welcome, just keep it respectful. 🙂

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