By Deborah C. Tyler
When we remember the Jewish children thrown alive into ditches by the Nazis and then think about the little girls outside Walmart selling cookies, it seems an offense to decency to suggest any comparison between the Bund Deutsche Madel (League of German Girls, or BDM) and the Girl Scouts. Nevertheless, both Nazism and post-1960s American feminism (neo-feminism in this essay) envision exclusionary, utopian socialist societies. Both indoctrinate girls from a young age to advance their visions. And there are parallels in structure, activities, and ethos.
Changes to the Girl Scout Law reveal the core of the shifts from individually focused, morally based foundations to a neo-feminist mindset. The Law I memorized as a Brownie listed virtues to emulate in every situation. The current Law vitiates virtues into vague, situationally specific, anti-moral formulations that involve making self-directed choices. Hitler’s utopia was racially pure, while the neo-feminist Girl Scout utopia is a sexually empowered, female-centric, self-esteeming, gender-bending journey. Both are against human nature, and both nourish the seeds of catastrophe within their premises.
The current Law drops “courteous” for “courage and strength.” “Thrifty” becomes the progressive gobbledygook “use resources wisely.” Even worse, the matchless virtues to be “clean in thought, word and deed” become the socialist cliché “make the world a better place.”
The Girl Scout Law
1. A Girl Scout’s Honor Is to be Trusted
I will do my best to be
1. Training girls into new identities of “leadership” and “power” to serve socialist worldviews.
The BDM was founded in 1930 for 10-year-old girls, with membership becoming compulsory in 1936. Its goals were to reinforce traditional roles for women but also to extend them beyond home and family to serve the state. The leader of the BDM had to be unmarried; one was an open lesbian. The BDM yearbook, Madel – eure Welt, describes Hitler’s ideal girl, who could have been written by the Girl Scout’s marketing team:
Our volk need a generation of girls which is healthy in body and mind, sure and decisive, proudly and confidently going forward… free of sentimental and rapturous emotions… Such girls will then, by necessity, carry the values of National Socialism into the next generation as the mental bulwark of our people.
From kindergarten, Girl Scouts take three National Leadership Journeys:
- It’s Your world: Change it!
- It’s Your Planet: Love it!
- It’s Your Story: Tell it!
Girls are encouraged to consider how the world is far from perfect. Material for 6th-graders includes envisioning a society that consistently “respects their needs, values and interests.” Not an ideal scout, but an ideal world. What virtue-based skills are gained through considering how bad the world is somewhere? And an ideal society is one that respects all girls’ needs, values, interests? Even criminal, immoral, harmful, or selfish ones?
Incredibly – and psychologically damaging to such young girls – even kindergartners are exhorted to “make the world a better place.” To realize this goal, girls can take a field trip to a public garden – i.e., tourism of socialist utopia, not of Grandma’s zinnias (or worse, Grandpa’s vegetables).
Read more: American Thinker
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