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Dispatches From The War On Women: Girl Scouts Really A Feminist Army In Training

Dispatches From The War On Women: Girl Scouts Really A Feminist Army In Training

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

Another Republican is accusing Planned Parenthood of using the Girl Scouts as a place to train and mold radical feminists. This might be the most absurd of the attacks from the right yet. But let’s ask a serious question here. How does this attack play with the young women who are, or were, Girl Scouts?

Our servicewomen deserve better than this.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) takes the war on women to a new level. Will it come back to bite him in the recall election?

Texas will just not stop with the legislative attacks on choice. This time it is targeting providers using administrative rulemaking to accomplish what it couldn’t pass through the legislature.

The Republicans can’t seem to legislate worth a darn, but they can definitely create a Twitter trend.

Workplace pregnancy discrimination claims are on the rise, and just in time to coincide with a roll-back of the protections designed to discourage discrimination in the first place.

Will it take a revolution from within to change the hateful direction the Catholic leadership is taking the church? If the Church keeps dumping charity support over hateful politics it just might.

Anti-choice activists are once again targeting college campuses. Does this strategy really work?

Not only are mandatory ultrasound bills the product of “model” legislation crafted by the political advocacy group Americans United for Life, they come with their own saleswoman to offer trainings on how to trick women into visiting crisis pregnancy centers.

Video game manufacturer EA Games claims it is being politically harassed over LGBT content in games.

Consumer advocates targeted almost 3000 hospitals urging them to drop the practice of distributing free samples of formula they claim entangles healthcare providers in pharmaceutical and food manufacturers’ marketing and could be seen as an endorsement.

Rush Limbaugh must be feeling the heat from Mike Huckabee and the fact that he’s now off the air in Philadelphia because he really did just call President Obama the “generalissimo” in the “real” war on women.

Did you know that Ashley Judd is awesome? If you don’t believe me read this.

Speaking of awesome, our own Cindy Samuels shares what it was like to work with Mike Wallace. What a story.

Elizabeth Warren is running one serious campaign. I can’t wait to see what she does as Senator.

Finally, I couldn’t agree more: we need more girl nerds.

We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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8:49AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

If only the Girl Scouts were a feminist army, then our daughters would be properly equipped to deal with gender-based discrimination, but unfortunately they aren't. I went to Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in the UK and it seemed like an attempt to push Christianity on us, and make sure we knew our place as females. It was f**king awful.

6:11AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Speaking of hate William, you sure can pack a lot of it in one sentence.

5:53AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Well, let's compare with the Boy Scouts, also known as one of the world's pre-eminent hate group training programs that practices and teaches discrimination based on sexual orientation and religious beliefs, and very clearly chooses to ignore and disrespect this country's founding principle of freedom of religion, all the while also serving as a protection racket and victim grooming facility for gay pedophiles. Which group is less "out there"?

5:09AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

I hope the Girl Scouts are also teaching girls about violence against children. Given that according to the CDC American women kill more of their own children than any other mothers in the industrialized world, it might be a good idea to indoctrinate them with that kind of information too.

6:44AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

This round up did not have enough information-give us the info instead of teasers. As a brownie and a girl scout I was very happy but did not learn as much as I would have liked. I was a radical feminist at an early age apparently; I dragged my mother to a NOW march when I was a pre-teen. When I heard that only 7% of high school girls take 4 years of math, I decided I would take 4 years of math and did so. I wanted to take physics, but my high school did not offer it. I was a national merit scholar; went on to get a BA. and a BSN. Never believe an RN isnt a math and science job; it requires tons of health and disease knowledge, knowing what the doctor is supposed to do and what they are not supposed to do, double checking dosages, calculating for weight, translating mg, cc, units, how to give treatments of all kinds and a lot of teaching. The RN is the MDs safety check, the one who knows the patient, the procedures, the tests, the vital signs, the mood of the patient; when RNs have no bedside time, everyone suffers, mortality and morbidity increase exponentially. I and my family teach and expect my 3 nieces, all under 6 years old to go into science and math. my 2 year old niece is a 'princess engineer;' her mother (lawyer) follows every 'princess' declaration with 'engineer' also. The adults are a PHD engineer, a head hospital nutritionist, attorney, small business owner and an aunt RN. Our parents put themselves thru college with 3 kids, while working full-time. If the

10:47PM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Feminist army? So? That's a good thing. It's like trying to convince me that eating when I'm hungry is bad for me. Girls should become feminists early on.

4:29AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition." - Timothy Leary

As a former Girl Scout as well as counselor and employee, I can say that Girl Scouts is the epitome of strength, determination, mutual respect, and basically everything the Boy Scouts claim to be, but clearly are not.

At an expo for local businesses the year I worked for my chapter of GSUSA we gave out buttons that said "GIrls Are Great" with a happy face. Pretty simple, pretty radical message, apparently. The Grand Wizard of the Boy Scouts (older, distinguished, Mittens Romney look-alike asked me for a button and I was elated to give him one. A short time later I see that he has taken a Sharpie and crossed out the word "Girls" and written in "Boys."

Fighting the urge to publicly flog this jackass, I spoke to the Director who also happened to be staffing the booth, and was witness to a dressing down the likes of which has probably never been seen by a male of this stature. Succinctly, she gave him such a good drubbing that he literally was stuttering and blushing with embarrassment and shame. Our fearless leader retrieved the button, and strode back to our table with the aplomb of an elder stateswoman returning from victory.

I think as an adult, that was one of the things that convinced me that Feminism is 1) alive 2) still necessary and 3) totally within my wheelhouse to advance and support.

2:42AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Good grief. I *am* a radical feminist, and Planned Parenthood is not even REMOTELY a radical feminist organization. And to think the conservative Girl Scouts organization is, is laughable.

I was a Girl Scout for about a year, in 5th grade. My parents fought against me becoming one, because they didn't like uniforms, pledges, badges, etc. (Elements of brainwashing all too common in the military, religion, and religious schools.) But I wanted to do something the other girls were doing, and naively thought there might be outdoor skills involved.

We had but one camp-out the whole year. It was very tame car camping, but nice.

The rest of the time, we pursued sewing badges, and made duffle bags for camping using a Baskin Robbins ice cream tub inserted into a sort of pillow case we made out of flannel, with a drawstring at one end.

If that's radical feminism....LOLOLOLOL.

While Boy Scouts were out doing rigorous backpacking and outdoor skills training.

The fundie churches are so rabid and backward, they are convincing millions of their lemmings that females WEARING PANTS is radical feminism.

That harkens all the way back to the days of Amelia Bloomer in the late 19th century. That seriously is where this country is headed regarding women's and girls' rights: that far back.

Frightening.

We must not capitulate to the backlash against feminism, and instead must regain the massive feminist ground we have already lost. We must not only challenge the right wing

2:42AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Good grief. I *am* a radical feminist, and Planned Parenthood is not even REMOTELY a radical feminist organization. And to think the conservative Girl Scouts organization is, is laughable.

I was a Girl Scout for about a year, in 5th grade. My parents fought against me becoming one, because they didn't like uniforms, pledges, badges, etc. (Elements of brainwashing all too common in the military, religion, and religious schools.) But I wanted to do something the other girls were doing, and naively thought there might be outdoor skills involved.

We had but one camp-out the whole year. It was very tame car camping, but nice.

The rest of the time, we pursued sewing badges, and made duffle bags for camping using a Baskin Robbins ice cream tub inserted into a sort of pillow case we made out of flannel, with a drawstring at one end.

If that's radical feminism....LOLOLOLOL.

While Boy Scouts were out doing rigorous backpacking and outdoor skills training.

The fundie churches are so rabid and backward, they are convincing millions of their lemmings that females WEARING PANTS is radical feminism.

That harkens all the way back to the days of Amelia Bloomer in the late 19th century. That seriously is where this country is headed regarding women's and girls' rights: that far back.

Frightening.

We must not capitulate to the backlash against feminism, and instead must regain the massive feminist ground we have already lost. We must not only challenge the right wing

2:08PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Come on now girls, the bishops want you to be bare foot and pregnant in the kitchen, time to get back in your box......pffffft. No wonder they hate feminists; we don't do as we're told and we even dare to assert ourselves and question the status quo - and there's nothing misogynists fear more than that.

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