The Girl Scouts of America promotes character, dignity among females, and good citizenship. Young girls all over America are encouraged to join the organization to further the improvement of their self-esteem and their respect for themselves and others.
With such an important role in a young girl’s life, it was pretty surprising to see that the organization approved of a mother’s decision to increase the sales of her daughter’s cookies by placing a photo of a shirtless Jason Momoa on one of the boxes.
The mother stated that it was her way of promoting the Mamoa’s Samoas cookies for her 9-year-old daughter who was also a Girl Scout member.
One decision screamed a major message
The moment the shirtless photos were placed on cookie boxes that were to be sold by young girls, a major message was being yelled loud and clear. The message that rang louder than bells was “It’s alright to use sex to sell!”
What’s amazing is that no one seems to care that young girls are being taught this message within an organization that prides itself on preparing young girls for the world through dignity and character building. If the shoe was reversed, and the Boy Scouts placed a half-nude photo of a female on their products to be sold by their young males, would women scream bloody murder?
Would the #MeToo movement begin the process of including the Boy Scouts in its effort to call out organizations and males who degrade women for the sake of their own satisfaction? The double standards are apparent, but that doesn’t mean that women should get off the hook when they show evidence of their ability to be sexist.
What’s worse, is when these same women teach young girls to view people as commodities that can be sold through sexual appeasement. We want our girls to be better, so why are we teaching them to be just like the men we pretend to disagree with on issues such as this?
At some point, we will all need to stop and realize that women are just as bad as men when it comes to degrading and objectifying the opposite sex for money. Women act as if they are the victim who are in constant need of understanding, support, and compassion.
However, when the tables turn and the woman becomes the aggressor, suddenly she feels she has a right. Men are sexually assaulted, men are sexually objectified in the media—and unfortunately—men are often ignored when they claim to be offended by such atrocities.
If women truly want to be respected, appreciated and held to a higher standard, then they must reciprocate the actions that garner such emotions and behaviors. Women can’t expect to receive appreciation for what they believe, their contributions, or their intelligence if they begin to imitate the same actions they profess to be repulsed by.
Teaching young girls that sex sells is only continuing the vicious cycle that women have attempted to end for years. It’s too bad that the only thing these cookies have done is to promote the idea that sex rules and dignity doesn’t matter.