March 6, 2004

Pro-Life Waco

A cookie boycott backfires when a Pro-Life activist group wages war on the local Girl Scouts in Crawford Texas. (Yes, the town with the POTUS’ ranch)

USATODAY.com - Cookie crumbles: Girl Scout sex furor splits Texas town

The furor was started a few weeks ago by the leader of the anti-abortion group Pro-Life Waco, who sent out e-mails and ran ads on a Christian radio station urging people to boycott Girl Scout cookies because of the “cozy relationship” between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood.

Parents were upset to learn that the local Girl Scout organization had given a “woman of distinction award” last year to a Planned Parenthood executive.

Maggie says that “Where Girls Grow Strong” is a motto of the organization. Apparently some parents had a problem with the girls growing smart.

Really, I have no problem with parents deciding that their daughters shouldn’t be in the scouts. But I think the cookie boycott that this bozo tried to organize is positively villainous.

Some 400 to 700 fifth- through ninth-graders attend the half-day Nobody’s Fool conference in Waco each July. The program never mentions abortion, according to Planned Parenthood. The youngsters receive a book with chapters on homosexuality and masturbation, as well as illustrations of couples having sex, people examining their naked bodies and a boy putting on a condom.

Note that the troops do not send the girls to this conference. In fact, the conference has no substantial connection to the GSA. The conference is attended by children whose parents approve of them attending. So, what these people are, in fact, protesting is that some parents approve of educating their kids about their bodies. Ignorance of your body is an effective tool for growing as a person. Witness:

Some Girl Scout mothers called it soft-core porn.

“It embarrassed me to look at it with my husband,” said parent Shannon Donaldson.

I have a feeling these folks have never seen Our Bodies, Ourselves, What’s Happening To Me and Everyone Poops. Time for a memorable The Family Guy quote.

Peter Griffin: I’m looking for some toilet training books.
Salesman: We have the popular Everybody Poops, or the less popular Nobody Poops But You.
Peter Griffin: Well, you see, we’re catholic…
Salesman: Ah, then you’ll want You’re A Naughty, Naughty Boy, And That’s Concentrated Evil Coming Out The Back of You.

(Note, I have no idea whether the folks in the story are Catholic, but the quote is a classic.)

Posted by James at March 6, 2004 12:44 AM
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Thank goodness for _Our Bodies Ourselves._ I have my original copy that my sisters gave me for my 13th birthday, and a more updated edition as well. I still refer to it. In fact, when I was misdiagnosed by a gynecologist many years ago, it was my hunch and _Our Bodies Ourselves_ that got me correct treatment. I went home, flipped through my book, figured it out, and returned. Boy, was she chagrined when I went back and said, "I have THIS." Um, yup, you do.

The book discusses more than just sex: nutrition, exercise, menopause, childbirth, you name it. It's invaluable!

I can't tell you how many times I loaned that out in college. Sadly, one girl on my floor should have borrowed it before she had sex. That way, she would have known that, yes, you _can_ get pregnant the first time you have sex. She was terrified to tell her parents--her father was a minister in some church, and she was sick about having to talk to him. After she left school, I lost track of her.

What a pity people don't discuss sex with their kids, or, at the very least, give them a good book they can use to answer their questions. Rumors and friends aren't exactly the best sources of correct information about sex.

Posted by: Patti at March 8, 2004 1:02 PM

I really can't stand these people. I love girl scout cookies, will continue to buy them, and would certainly continue to support an organization with a good heart and good mind. Moreover, I will support an organization steeped into responsibility and reality, not ignorance and unreasonableness.

Posted by: Eric at March 22, 2004 12:34 PM

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