By Elise Baldacci
#1. Name an enemy. Identify a group that is generally regarding as nonthreatening,
neutral, or non-controversial and make a convincing argument
that describes that group as the 'enemy'. Don't hold back-- the goal of this
assignment is to dehumanize. Write your manifesto.
Since its inception in 1912, The Girl
Scouts of America have purported that
“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage,
confidence, and character, who make
the world a better place.” Despite its
popularity and overwhelming participation,
The girl scouts of America is
actually a malevolent nemesis that defames the reputation
of our country's young girls and instead of building up
proper character and esteem, it begins early teaching
small children about segregation, dependence and conformity,
and provides them with a false sense of accomplishment
and belonging. Parents would do their children
and the nation a favor by preventing their child from participating
in the abominable organization.
They begin young. Girls as young as five are drafted
through their friends and older siblings into a group that
immediately segregates females and males. Unlike the Boy
Scouts that concentrate mainly on outdoor activities, girl
scouts, called Daisies at this stage, concentrate on
more womanly roles such as crafts and selling cookies.
This teaches girls not only that boys and girls
should exist as separate and exclusive entities, but
that girls are obviously weaker and should concentrate
on building up a skill set that will allow them to
serve their men when they are older.
Membership is open to “all” provided that families
have the financial means to purchase uniforms, pay
dues, and pay for activities in which the troop participates.
As members, the uniforms help to mark
the distinction between them and the ordinary little
girls, who due to the inability to
meet any of the aforementioned
pre-requisites will be shunned and
excluded from their activities. This
mandated uniformity helps teach
young girls that consistency is preferable,
and when in doubt, one should
gravitate toward those who are like
them. Additionally, although the uniform
provides a sense of belonging for
those who bear it, this state is tenuous,
and it is one from which they can figuratively and literally
be stripped as soon as they are unable to pay their dues.
Girl scouts of all ages have the opportunity to earn badges
that indicate to each other and to the world what specific
skills they have accomplished. Among other badges of
merit, girls can receive badges entitled: Ms. Fix It, Sports
Sampler, Water Play, Exploring Healthy Eating, and Making
Hobbies. In all certainty, earning these badges leaves
each girl with a good sense of self-worth and accomplishment,
but what really are these girls accomplishing?
Nothing. A more suitable badge would be one at the end
of each year that is called “Way to be a Normal, Developing
Human Being”. The badge system not only instills in young
girls the idea that they should and can be recognized for
each any every tiny little thing they do, but it makes them
feel like they are better than a) non-girl scouts who have
not received those badges, and b) their fellow 'sisters' who
did not choose to pursue those particular badges. This
sense of superiority contributes to the latent competition
first present in the young troop, and existing between
them and other women for the rest of their lives.
Only $6.75 each.
In addition to badges, all girl scouts have the opportunity
participate in cookie sales. This seems to be less about
teaching girls 'life lessons' and more about making money
for the troop and the national organization, however, the
young girls 'take home' message should not be undermined.
Many solicitors that approach consumers in their
houses and in various shopping arenas are
either quickly dismissed, or met with hostile
criticism. Even as witnesses to this, Girl
Scouts are not deterred, for the ubiquitous
Girl Scout cookie is greeted annually with
enthusiasm and anticipation. Even if a consumer
is not interested in buying boxed cookies
at three times the cost of fresh bakers
cookies, many are eager to please the cute
little girls, so bright eyed and full of hope;
dressed in their well known green and brown
uniform. Due to the fact that consumers are
significantly less eager to please other solicitors
working for other 'equally reputable'
associations, one (girls scouts included) must
deduce that it is the mere appeal of them being a group of
cute little girls that attracts all the consumers. This deduction
paves the way to women who have a more coquettish
nature as adults; for these girls have learned from experience
that they can use their physical appeal and reputation
to gain attention and favors from others.
As one can see, there are many qualities in Girl Scouts that
make them an ostensibly worthy and valuable association.
However, a closer glance at these 'qualities' reveals that
they really contribute to poor self-esteem, and conforming
and subservient women who have learned to follow standards
and guidelines previously set for them as opposed to
think for themselves and challenge themselves to meet
their individual full-potential.
And fuck them for not letting me into their stupid club.