Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekly Ketchup: Smartphones, Autism Studies, and Rectal Valium

While I wasn't writing about important topics like Rectal Valium here on my blog, I was whoring myself out on a bunch of other sites!













  • I also covered two Girl Scout cookie boycotts. The first story is about some Scouts in Ohio who are refusing to sell cookies, protesting their camps being closed.  The second story is about a teen Girl Scout who, apparently going for her "Prejudice" badge, who posted a rant on YouTube about transgender kids being allowed to participate in Girl Scouts.  She seemed to be speaking on behalf of an organization called Honest Girl Scouts, who are an early front-runner in the competition to be 2012's Douchebag of the Year.  Apparently they believe that Girl Scouts of the USA has a "pro-lesbian agenda" and are particularly galled by the fact that world-renowned author and feminist Betty Friedan, who founded the National Organization of Women, was a member of GSUSA's board for 12 years.  Horrors!

That last story ended up being my favorite one of the week, because it totally backfired and now tons of people are ordering more cookies, because they just realized how awesome, inclusive, and progressive the Girl Scouts organization really is. Thanks, Bigoted Teen!

Also, when I discussed at dinner with my kids about the girl who opposed allowing transgender kids in Girl Scouts, my daughters immediately pointed out that posting a bullying rant on YouTube is not following your Girl Scout promise. We talked about what it means when you promise to be "considerate and caring," and to "respect myself and others."  Then the three of them recited their Girl Scout Promise, and then my heart exploded.

14 comments:

  1. You should post a blog about ways to remember your passwords when you blog on 12 different blogs. Because I would totally forget 8 out of 12 of them.

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  2. So great, all of it!!

    There's an update to the Girl Scout Boycott story. A friend of ours did some digging: http://chaddarnell.typepad.com/runchadrun2/2012/01/using-my-powers-for-good-a-tale-of-two-girl-scouts.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UntitledChadDarnellProject+%28UNTITLED+CHAD+DARNELL+PROJECT%29

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  3. Um, I don't have the residual brain cells required to READ all your blog posts this week, let alone comprehend how you manage to WRITE them. :-) Hats off (and gallons of coffee!) to you, SRMM!! Glad you're carving out such an awesome niche in the interwebs.

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  4. So explain to me how and why a boy should be a girl scout. What exactly is the definition of a girl scout if they're not girls. I'm all about inclusiveness, but really. It's not rocket science. Why would a boy be a girl scout or a girl be a boy scout. This is getting ridiculous.

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    1. A "boy" as you put it, would consider HERSELF a girl if SHE were a transgender person. So, your question itself is flawed.

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    2. I understand that completely. But if I considered myself a poodle, I'm still not a poodle nor could I register myself with the AKC. My point is not matter how much I want or believe something, that doesn't negate reality. Which is I have girl parts so I am a girl. Now, that's not to say any boy or girl should be discriminated against or treated differently, but there are some absolutes. Body parts are one.

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  5. Well, Girl Scouts with dapper mustaches aside, I think your wild writing is delightful. Thanks for sharing so much great content. Enjoy your weekend, I know I will since the spousal unit and kids are off visiting in-laws. Is 10:45 AM too early for Scotch dear?

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  6. I was going to suggest Anonymous go pee on a hydrant, but that'd be uncaring and disrespectful. I AM going to take my kid out and sell more cookies. Love the backfire.

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    1. I fully expected this sort of thing, but I don't understand it. Why do some feel compelled to be hateful toward others just because they see things differently? What is the payoff? It's the reason so many of these issues get marginalized - because you can't have an exchange of perspectives without someone feeling the need to flex their muscles and get nasty.

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    2. Oh, and if you could, bring some of those cookies my way. I lost my connection when she graduated and moved off to college.

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    3. SRMM, I love your writing! I LOVE that the Girl Scouts is so inclusive!

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  7. just watched your 10 teacher flash mobs, the lst one was completly amazing, normally when I see a comment about tearing up or the like i tend to think, aw thats sweet but I wont cry at this cute baby sloth/old couple dancing/teacher flash mob, but there was definitely a few tears watching those wonderful people. Those children will never forget that and will probably be telling people about it for the rest of their lives. If there was ever a reason for me to go back to work at schools that would be it. very inspiring! well done srmm

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    1. *last not "lst" which when spelt the way i did looks likes 'first'

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  8. Oh my gosh, I love Girl Scout cookies. Love them. And the fact that the GS are so inclusive and tolerant? Love them even more! Now I just need to find some Samoas to purchase (yum).

    I just ran across an article with a horrible teacher experience the other day - her daughter is on the spectrum and the teacher crossed out her correct math answer and wrote an incorrect answer over it - because, you know, adding 5 + 8 is HARD when you're a teacher. That doesn't make me as angry as the fact that the teacher kicked the little girl on the buttocks as she pushed her out of the classroom (reading through the comments on the follow-up to the situation). These things just make me livid (the story is here - http://stonepost.hubpages.com/hub/Embarrasing-Teacher-Mistake#comment-7285237).

    My own son is on an IEP and has wonderful teachers, but the number of jerks who do these things to children seems to be rising - it makes me want to vomit. And it also makes me scared for my little guy's future - what if he ends up with one of these jerk-wads one day?

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