I love myself a good thin mint … or five. I agree with this disappointed cookie consumer when she says “I’m gonna sue those Girl Scouts. After 3 boxes, I’m neither thin nor minty.”
When I was young, my friend was in Girl Scouts and so therefore I was dying to be in Girl Scouts. I distinctly remember pouting in the corner of the church fellowship hall after asking my mom (for probably the millionth time and *probably* right in front of said friend), and she said no. “What does she know,” I undoubtedly thought.
Little did I know … but it was quite a lot, actually. (Thanks Mom!)
Over the years, I’ve consumed my fair share of Girl Scout cookies, but as I settle into my 30s I’ve really started to steer clear (and not just for their effect on my stubborn waistline). The organization has, after all, “filled their National Leadership Team and Board of Directors with unwavering ideologues whose careers, non-profit work and philanthropic choices reflect a hefty commitment to liberal causes – same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian rights, abortion rights, comprehensive sex education and ‘girl power’ feminism.”
Message received—it’s a hyper-liberal organization less concerned with model citizenry and how to survive in the elements, than it is with militant liberalism, feminism, and in-your-face sexuality. I’ll buy my junk food elsewhere; no problem.
In other words, it hasn’t really been on my radar much—other than thoughts of how, in a few years, I’ll doubtless be aggravating another generation of this family’s girls by telling my daughter “uh, nope.”
(She’ll thank me later.)
But this one really takes the cake. (Or the thin mint, if you will.)
Meghna Gopalan, a Girl Scout from Arizona, recently received the Girl Scout organization’s highest honor for … “her pro-abortion work.”
The article continues:
“Gopalan worked directly with the Women’s March and its affiliate in Tucson to ‘educate people about and de-stigmatize access to women’s healthcare.’”
I thought of Ms. Gopalan as I contemplated the significance—so called—of today’s date.
Today, you see, is International Women’s Day. For kicks, did you know that International Woman’s Day has its roots in communist Russia?
“After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.”
There’s a piece in and of itself, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. Let’s just take this at face value—it’s International Women’s Day and we’re going to celebrate women.
Ok, so what are we teaching our girls?
How are we helping them to be good and decent human beings first?
We’re teaching them that it’s empowering to be a bully.
What is a bully?
I know we all know, but let’s get technical: A bully is “one who is habitually cruel, insulting, or threatening to others who are weaker, smaller, or in some way vulnerable.” It’s generally carried with the intent of making the bully feel better about themselves, gain power for themselves, or something else along those narcissistic lines.
When we celebrate expanding abortion laws with thundering cheers; when we talk about infanticide as if it’s just another decision on any other day; when we encourage women to #ShoutYourAbortion—we’re teaching our girls that it’s ok to hurt and kill the weakest and most vulnerable girls (and boys!) among us: the unborn child. And all in the name of what? Female empowerment.
We’re teaching them that the abortion issue matters more than their own health.
We talk so much about #MeToo and #MyBodyMyChoice—and we give awards to young girls for advancing the abortion narrative, but when it comes to ACTUALLY protecting a girl’s body, no one seems to care enough about women to actually warn these same women that abortion carries extensive risk. The Left loves to talk about how if the Supreme Court ever overturned Roe v. Wade, women would be relegated to back-alley, coat hanger abortion tactics. But while they’re #ShoutingMyAbortion and celebrating the legalization of MAJOR unnecessary surgery (i.e. late term abortion), no one talks about the fact that abortion puts women at risk for a whole host of things, including:
- Severe Bleeding
- Perforation of the uterus
- Cardiac arrest
- Endotoxic shock
- Major unintended surgery
- Infection resulting in hospitalization
- Undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy
- Cervical laceration
- Uterine rupture
- Loss of fertility/future problems with carrying a pregnancy to term
- Death—which (as this piece points out) is under-reported by the CDC and certainly underemphasized by pro-abortion advocates.
As Janet Morena writes in The Daily Caller, “This is an overarching problem with abortion – we just don’t know the truth about it. Abortion is one of the most common elective surgeries and the American public has a right to know how many women are dying, and why, from this ‘safe and legal’ procedure.”
This isn’t even to mention the emotional and mental health effects. The British Journal of Pyschiatry writes, “women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems.”
Nope, our girls and women don’t matter; abortions matters.
We’re teaching them that lying and misrepresentation is ok, as long as you’re a girl.
Just look at just a sampling of the female political role models our girls have today:
- Senator Elizabeth Warren who lied for years about her Cherokee Heritage in order to get ahead.
- Senator Kamala Harris who recently sat on a radio show yukking it up with the hosts about smoking pot in college while listening to Snoop Dog (whose album didn’t come out for several more years).
- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or “AOC,” who is currently on the hot seat for allegations of major campaign finance violations that could result in jail time.
- Former First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has spent an entire lifetime lying, covering up for other liars, abusing power, and most recently—exposed our country to the whims of our enemies so she could carry out State Department business on an authorized, vulnerable server—and then lying about that too.
- Representative Ilhan Omar has not only shown herself to be anti-Semitic, but she’s actively raising money for CAIR, whose leadership outwardly supports Hamas and Hezbollah.
- Representative Rashida Tlaib, infamous now for her calls to “impeach the motherf*cker” in reference to the president, recently posed for a picture with “Palestinian activist Abbas Hamideh, a staunch defender of the terrorist group Hezbollah.”
We’re teaching them it’s ok to be a hypocrite.
The aforementioned AOC was recently seen at Reagan International Airport flying from D.C. to N.Y.C., between which there also happens to be a perfectly good train. She has routinely chosen the “less green” option from the beginning of her candidacy to present day, and yet maintains that she’s not being disingenuous after her campaign spent nearly $30,000 on car services and only $8,300 on mass transit (a subway that was just a 7 minute walk from her HQ). Why? Because she’s proposed plans to invest in better car technology. So what she’s saying is that even though there are currently, (like, today) “green” options including but not limited to subways and trains to get her to where she needs to be—she doesn’t feel she has to be held to the same standards she’s proposing for the entire country. Because, convenience. Do as I say, not as I do, right?
So, let’s recap: bullying, dangerous medical procedures in the name of “empowerment,” lying, hypocrisy—yeah, that sounds like a winning formula.
Kind of incredible for a society that claims to care all about the well-being of women.
I’m just sayin’.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com, and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show on KSEV 700 Radio in Houston. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree