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Fishing for suckers

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Hello, Rep. David Gowan:

I know you and your colleagues at the House of Representatives have a lot of work to do, so I’ll be brief. I’m calling to tell you that girls like to hunt and fish, too! I’m referring to the bill you introduced to give Arizonan Eagle Boy Scouts a Youth Class F combination hunting and fishing license for a reduced fee.

Leaving budgetary concerns and the ethical treatment of animals aside, why would you oppose giving girls access to the same?

Why leave out the Gold Star Girl Scouts? What’s the rationale here? I’ve watched the video of you and your colleagues, like Rep. Weiers saying, “I’m not sure what the controversy is,” and then go on to say that the bill is  to celebrate the Boy Scouts centennial anniversary.

I don’t get it. If you want to celebrate the Boy Scouts centennial, then do something for the entire organization, not just the boys who have earned the highest advancement rank. Plus, just FYI, technically, the Eagle Scouts aren’t celebrating 100 years, the Boy Scouts are. The first Eagle Scout award was granted in 1912.

Don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of recognizing dedicated and meritorious youth, but why only boys? Come, on. Is it because hunting and fishing are manly?

I agree with Representatives Nancy Young Wright and Daniel Patterson when they say that despite liking the bill, they are troubled by the refusal to expand it to the Girl Scouts Gold Stars.

Maybe in the future? That sounds terrible. It’s like the International Olympic Committee telling women ski jumpers they can’t jump at the Winter Olympics, not this year. Maybe next year. This despite the fact that American Lindsay Van – not to be confused with Lindsay Vonn, the American alpine skier – is one of the world’s best ski jumpers and once held the record among both men and women for the longest jump off Whistler, B.C.’s  ski jump, which was built for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Paying the full $26.00 for a fishing and hunting license may not be an issue for many parents of young girls, but wouldn’t it be a shame (regressive, really) for them to have to explain why it cost girls more to fish and hunt than boys?

Oh, well. When my father taught me how to fish, he had great hopes it would help me develop the virtue of patience. I’ll make sure to tell that to the young female anglers out there.  For now, the girls of Arizona, and the “grown-up girls” like Lindsay Van, will have to take the cards they have been dealt. They’ll have to wait to be treated the same as boys.

Maybe next year.

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