The Boy Scouts of America announced today they are considering recruiting girls as their membership numbers have been steadily dwindling — and the Girl Scouts are not pleased.
According to a report from Buzzfeed News, the president of Girl Scouts of the USA called the Boy Scouts’ “covert campaign” to recruit girls “reckless” and “unsettling” in a scathing and strongly worded letter.
They also condemned the idea that “running a program specifically tailored to boys can simply be translated to girls.”
“It is inherently dishonest to claim to be a single gender organization while simultaneously endeavoring upon a coed model,” Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, GSUSA’s national president said in the letter to BSA’s national president, Randall Stephenson, and the entire BSA board.
“We are confused as to why, rather than working to appeal to the 90 percent of boys who are not involved in BSA programs, you would choose to target girls,” the letter said.
The BSA expands programs to welcome girls from Cub Scouts to highest rank of Eagle Scout https://t.co/WbFQxCXZBN
— Boy Scouts – BSA (@boyscouts) October 11, 2017
A spokesperson for the Girl Scouts also told Buzzfeed that the move is a “potentially dangerous and bad idea,” and cited research that supports “single gender programming” — which says that when it comes to scouting, girls learn best in an all-girls environment.
Hannan concluded her letter by requesting BSA to “stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts” and “not consider expanding to recruit girls.”
For their part, the Boy Scouts claim that they are simply attempting to make scouting more accessible by allowing the whole family to participate in a single group.
Effie Delimarkos, a BSA spokesperson, told BuzzFeed that no decisions have been made yet about whether or not they will actually open their ranks to girls.
“Based on numerous requests from families, the Boy Scouts has been exploring the benefits of bringing Scouting to every member of the family – boys and girls,” Delimarkos said in a statement. “No decisions have been made.”
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HMM: Actress Rosario Dawson Comes Out as Lesbian Just One Month After She ‘Dated’ Cory Booker
Was she his beard?
Actress Rosario Dawson has officially come out as lesbian, just a month after “dating” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) during his dismal presidential campaign.
“People kept saying that I [came out]… I didn’t do that,” she said during a recent interview with Bustle. “I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.”
Dawson claims she has only been in relationships with men up until this point, so she didn’t feel comfortable coming out of the closet officially until now.
“I’ve never had a relationship in that space, so it’s never felt like an authentic calling to me,” she said.
She said that her time with Booker forced her to be introspective and discover the truth about her sexuality, which made her comfortable about coming out as a lesbian.
“It’s the first time I felt like I had to be responsible about my choice of love, which is a challenging thing to do,” Dawson said. “If you fall in love, you fall in love. But there’s another aspect I had to consider: what this meant in [putting] a microscope on my family and particularly on my daughter.”
Just last month, Dawson was still keeping up the facade with Booker after he announced that he suspended his presidential campaign.
“Cory, you continue to inspire me everyday,” Dawson tweeted at Booker after he announced his campaign was finished. “On this journey you and your remarkable team have represented the best in us and I know you will continue to. Thank you. I see you. I love you.”
Dawson and Booker began their relationship in early 2019 conveniently before presidential primary season was scheduled to begin, which fueled rumors that Dawson was Booker’s “beard,” a slang term for a woman who poses as a phony girlfriend or wife for a closeted homosexual. She kept awkwardly professing her love for Booker as “beard” rumors were persisting wildly over the internet and social media.
“I’m in love! I am absolutely in love, and it is so exciting,” Dawson said of Booker last year.
“Look, both of us, you know, we’ve had relationships,” Booker said of his lesbian Hollywood girlfriend, “but I’m not sure if I’ve ever fully given myself over to a relationship as much as I have with her and allowed myself to be as vulnerable.”
“I mean, gosh, that night we talked for hours and hours,” he added. “I had trouble asking for her phone number… I think I said something really stupid like, ‘Uh, how would I get in touch with you?’ And she mercifully said something like, ‘Oh, you want my phone number?’ And my insides were like, ‘Hell, yeah!'”
Twitter users were not convinced by the show that the supposed lovers were putting on.
How much money are they paying Rosario Dawson to be Corey Booker's beard? Any guesses?
— Michael (@trendy) March 15, 2019
Rosario Dawson is pretty much a professional beard. Enough said.
And this is not a putdown of Cory Booker, as I'm a gay man myself. I want him to come out. He shouldn't have to hide.
— Hugh Michael Horace Dancy-Evans (@FakingDancy) March 14, 2019
Rosario Dawson is taking one for the team. Pretending to be Cory Booker's girlfriend. In old Hollywood these women were called Beards.
— nelliestirs (@nelliestirs) October 11, 2019
Rosario Dawson and Cory Booker are one of the least convincing I’ve ever seen. I don’t get it, he could’ve at chosen a beard he has chemistry with
— Alex (@XandryNicole) October 10, 2019
Idk, getting Rosario Dawson to be his beard is pretty impressive..
— 9Circles (@9Circles9) October 16, 2019
Rosario Dawson with Cory Booker is a publicity thing nothing more. Dare I say she's his beard. When the election is over they'll mysteriously "part ways"
— 🇪🇹MEEK MANDELA🇪🇹 (@NEGUSNGOLANKOSI) October 16, 2019
The fact that Dawson has come out as a lesbian, and presumably ended her reported relationship with Booker, shortly after the end of his presidential campaign will only add additional fuel to the rumors that have plagued Booker for decades.
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