Thursday, September 15, 2011

Slate Defends Girl Scouts Relevance and Reputation

In an article posted on Slate, Amanda Marcotte defends Girl Scouting's continued relevance in the face of misconceptions. She reports that more than a decade ago, Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review wrote: "The Girl Scouts' leaders hope to make their youthful charges the shock troops of an ongoing feminist revolution."

Marcotte reached out to Girl Scouts of the USA and was reinsured that Girl Scouting is a beloved American institution which offers millions of girls an invaluable experience. Girl Scouts of the USA takes no stance on matters that we feel are best decided by girls and their families.

"For years, such suspicions swirled in a disorganized cloud, until in the spring of 2010, they coalesced around an urban legend that the Girl Scouts were working with Planned Parenthood to secretly distribute sex manuals to young girls," writes Marcotte. "Almost the moment the myth began to spread last year, the Girl Scouts' national organization circulated a statement debunking it."

Although the statement made little difference with people perpetuating false accounts, Girl Scouts of the USA's position has not once swayed.

Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood on a national level and does not plan to have one.