Here’s the national Girl Scouts of America location site. Pick your state – find your local chapter – and write to them asking them to pull the book from use in your area. You might even referrence this article to help educate them. If the national group is unwilling or slow to act, there‘s no reason grassroots activism can’t achieve the goal.
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It’s why I pulled my girls out of it all together, and taught them about propoganda and the Nazi Youth.
100 Questions for Girl Scouts: Media
Question: Why did Girl Scouts of the USA hire as their media relations spokesperson, who signs press releases for their campaign to portray women and girls positively in the media, an individual who has been featured singing in a music video that portrays a woman being strangled, featured in another video supposedly masturbating in a pile of newspapers while the camera cuts back and forth between him and a provocatively dressed woman, and whose band sings songs like “Sick Days Are for Sex?” Click here to see documentation for this question.
Question: Why did the Girl Scouts feature as a role model, Lizzy Miller, a plus size model who is famous for posing nude (WARNING: nude picture, no genitals exposed), to launch their campaign to portray women and girls positively in the media?
Question: If GSUSA’s policy is “not to take a stand on or advocate for or against any issue regarding a girl’s health and sexuality, especially outside the confines of Girl Scouts,” then why is GSUSA promoting the Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 2513/S 1354), which deals with both health and sexuality?
Click here to see GSUSA’s action alert on this issue and to read commentary pointing out the problems with the bill.
Question: Why does the Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 2513/S 1354), which GSUSA is aggressively lobbying for call for millions of dollars of federal funding for “youth empowerment” groups and allow these groups to use this funding to promote “social change?”
Question: Why did Girl Scouts feature Charlotte Caffey (See paragraph 6 of this article) to launch their “Girl Scouts Rock” campaign, when Charlotte’s band the Go-Go’s had posed in their underwear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine?
Question: In light of MTV’s explicit portrayal of women and girls as sex symbols and considering GSUSA’s campaign to portray girls positively in the media, why did the Girl Scouts invite MTV’s Senior Vice President, Karen Maloney, to serve on the Girl Scouts’ Board of Directors? (See page 3 of this document.)
Question: Why did Girl Scouts nominate Brenda Freeman to their board of Directors—a former high-level employee of MTV who is currently responsible for the marketing of the cable television network Adult Swim, which runs vulgar programming that negatively portrays women and girls?
Click here to see an episode on adultswim.com that shows a young college girl accepting employment at a strip bar to pay her tuition and her mom condoning her subsequent prostitution. The Parents Television Council gave Adult Swim an “F” for excessive sex, violence, profanity, and drug use.
Question: Why did Girl Scouts nominate to their board, Cyma Zarghami, who as president of Nickelodeon supported Nick at Nite, which airs controversial sexual programming?
Question: In light of the Parents Television Council’s finding that “children watching MTV are viewing an average of 9 sexual scenes per hour with approximately 18 sexual depictions and 17 instances of sexual dialogue or innuendo,” a rate far higher than all other prime time networks, why do Girl Scout Journey books refer girls to MTV in multiple places?
Question: Why are the Girl Scouts nominating to their board so many women who are involved in businesses that promote the sexualization of girls in the media?
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Girl Scouts Book Refers Readers to Liberal Group Media Matters to Clear Up ‘Media Misinformation’
In 2010, the Girl Scouts of the USA published a book called “MEdia.” The publication, designed for girls in grades six through eight, is a guide that apparently offers insight into how young people should process and understand the media messages surrounding them.
Considering the pervasive nature of popular media, this seems like a viable tool. However, there’s a problem — the book refers young readers to Media Matters for America as one of the primary sources for debunking lies and deceit.
On the surface, “MEdia” seems like it’s an excellent resource (and in some ways maybe it is) that encourages self-reflection and skepticism — two very understandable and useful tenets. But on page 25 of the book, a very curious recommendation is given.
Under the headline, “Consider the Source,” text encourages girls to go to the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America web site to clear up any media misinformation they might encounter. It reads:
The Internet is a breeding ground for “urban legends,” which are false stories told as if true. Next time you receive a txt or e-mail about something that seems unbelievable, confirm it before you spread it.
The fact-checking site snopes.com investigates everything from urban legends to “news” articles and posts its findings. Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation.
Here’s a copy of the page (see the Media Matters reference at the bottom):
Considering Media Matters’ far-left attachments and its less-than-objective views, one wonders why the book’s authors, Wendy Thomas Russell and Sarah Goodman, would include this as the sole source for getting “the word out about media misinformation.”
The Blaze called the Girl Scouts on Dec. 13 to ask about the book. Spokesperson Michelle Tompkins seemed very familiar with the controversy over the inclusion of Media Matters and said that the organization is re-printing the book this month.
During a follow-up call, Tompkins pledged to answer some e-mail questions we sent over. These particular questions sought answers about how Media Matters came to be placed in the book, who wrote the page that the reference appears on and what group, if any, will replace Media Matters once the new publications are released. To date, we have received no response despite a follow-up voicemail and e-mails.
This story was originally brought to us by Christy Volanski, a concerned parent and a former Girl Scouts leader. Her daughter, Sydney, a 15-year-old who served as a Girl Scout for eight years, left the organization in 2010 after she found that it embraces some controversial stances. Now, Sydney co-edits “Speak Now: Girl Scouts Website,” which provides plenty of other examples of what some may see as liberal bias.
Perhaps the Girl Scouts staffers were too busy to respond to us, but considering the fact that the Media Matters reference is, in itself, a form of misinformation, bias — potentially even indoctrination — we assumed that the book would no longer be on the market. But we were wrong.
Christy sent people out to purchase separate copies of the book earlier this month in Western Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jacksonville, Florida, Houston, Texas, and St. Louis, Missouri. In every instance, the version containing Media Matters was still on shelves. When asked about whether a new printed version was on the way, no one working at the stores where the books were purchased seemed to know anything about such a development.
Regardless of whether a new version is on its way, the fact that the Girl Scouts know that such an egregious “error” exists and are still selling the books to young people is concerning.
The back of “MEdia” reads, “Tired of not seeing your reality in the media around you? This journey is your chance to put some real ME in media. So get ready to shape media — for yourself, your community, the world!” But if young and impressionable readers are being sent to a wildly-partisan site like Media Matters, the book’s entire premise (i.e. truth) seems moot or even questionable.
The Blaze will be exploring other Girl Scouts literature in the coming weeks and we will keep you informed about the organization’s progress on replacing the Media Matters reference in the “MEdia” book.