Scout’s Honor

On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they would be allowing children of all genders–and not just boys–to join:

“Families today are busier and more diverse than ever,” the BSA statement continued. “Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programmes that serve the whole family more appealing.”

That sounds incredibly reasonable. Shall I assume that the response was equally as measured?

Of course not. People freaked out. A relative posted this on Facebook (cleaned up for grammar and clarity):

Men and women are different. In some ways, consequently, I feel that they should have some activities in which the activity should be confined to the same sex.

Just like many (most?) criticisms of this variety, they never elaborate: in what ways are men and women different? What activities should be confined to men and to women? What about people who fall into neither category?

The specifics matter!