“One is silver, but the other’s gold.”
Anyone who’s ever been a Girl Scout knows that song. I remember singing it once in a bar at a science fiction convention, in the company of another couple of writers and an editor†, all of us former Girl Scouts. (Though I suspect that, much as there are no former Marines, there are no former Girl Scouts. Or very few, anyhow.)
The main reason for buying Girl Scout cookies is, of course, that they are delicious, and I say this as someone who could easily consume a whole box of classic trefoils at one sitting if I didn’t stop myself. But this year, buying Girl Scout cookies is also a way of frustrating these people, who in my opinion very much deserve frustration.
The Girl Scouts have always been a feminist organization – in some eras they’ve been more overt about it than in others, but what else do you expect from a group that has from its beginning striven to inculcate in young girls the virtues of self-knowledge, self-reliance, and sisterhood?
†Obligatory writing reference!