January 24, 2012

Well, yes, in 1982. And the photo is tame even by early ’80s standards, with the girls striking a pose that’s more pajama party than porn.

Writing in the Washington Times, Cathy Cleaver Ruse reveals that the “Girl Scouts have a cross-dresser in the front office.”

That would be Joshua Ackley, who’s listed as the press contact for the GSUSA New York City head office. In a two-page document chronicling Ackley’s exploits, we’re informed that he founded the Dead Betties, a now defunct “homopunk” (they mean “queercore”) band. The Dead Betties’ music videos depict “masturbation, prostitution and violence against women.” (Activities they manage to make look pretty tedious, I must add.)

Since GSUSA’s Healthy Media Campaign encourages “positive images of women and girls” and outlines “a blueprint for promoting positive and healthy media images,” I can see how that might be a problem.

But once again, these Girl Scout critics can’t resist beclowning themselves, adding the damning fact that Joshua was quoted in an article about how gay males “are fans of Courtney Love.”

(Let’s hope my corporate clients don’t find out I still listen to Live Through This at least once a week.)

These petty revelations distract attention from some truly worrisome stuff.

First: There’s an “AIDS badge” now?

And a Planned Parenthood sex-education brochure featuring the Girl Scout logo was handed out to hundreds of Texas children? (It included information on “homosexuality and masturbation, as well as illustrations of couples having sex.”)

And GSUSA collaborated with the EPA on a campaign encouraging girls (who presumably can’t vote yet) to push elected officials to “support legislation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions”?

Having failed to earn their Moral Compass Orientation badges, the response of the average urban-sophisticate parent to all this will be “Yeah, and—?”

The Boy Scouts’ internecine battle against imminent homosexual takeover has received far more public attention. The war for the Girl Scouts is finally getting mainstream media attention, but I doubt it will matter. Fighting “Big Homo” and its breeder fellow travelers is nigh on impossible. Some sane parents have set up Scouting alternatives. (Although not all these parents are sane.)

The Girl Scouts have declared 2012 to be “The Year of the Girl.” The organization will be “working to break down societal barriers that prevent girls from leading in their own lives.”

Apparently, “leading their own lives” doesn’t include being paid for their work: Girl Scout cookies raise almost three quarters of a billion dollars a year for the head office, while the Girl Scouts themselves don’t seem to get much beyond the dubious reward of sharing a tent with a creepy, long-haired boy at sleepover camp.

The Girl Scouts: a gay-run sweatshop—in the forest!

Enjoy those cookies, America.



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