“Cold Beer And Titties”: Sexism At A Texas Boys Civics Conference

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I guess the good ol’ boys of Texas get started early.

The progressive Texas politics blog Burnt Orange Report reported on Friday that nearly 1,000 high school-aged boys gathered in early June for the annual, nonpartisan Boys State conference, where they learn firsthand about politics. The students are split into two fake parties, the Federalist Party and the Nationalist Party, and are meant to learn basic civics lessons such as how to run for office and pass legislation. Another conference for young women in Texas, called Girls State, is held separately. Sounds as wholesome and American as apple pie, yes?

Well, this year’s Boys State conference included a speech about “cold beer and titties” and a hypothetical party platform about requiring teen mothers to go door-to-door and identify themselves to neighbors like sex offenders. Look, I’m not naive enough to expect hundreds of teenaged boys to behave like they’re having tea with the Queen. But “cold beer and titties,” really!?

Jess Stoner from the Burnt Orange Report wrote that she spoke with young men who attended the Texas Boys State conference this year and were “troubled” by “the degrading way a number of the [students] treated women.” Some examples? Reportedly, one young man gave a speech at a mock convention that amounted to saying “cold beer and titties” and then sitting down. Photos on Instagram show that the Federalist Party put up a photo of a woman in a bikini with the word “FEDS” written across her cleavage. Another example? The Nationalist Party had this as part of its abortion platform (see photo here):

In the case of teen pregnancies, three years of optional welfare can be provided as long as the person raises the child themselves and notifies their community they are receiving welfare.

Boner’s tipster explained that when someone asked what ‘notifying the community’ meant in this case, a party leader said that it was comparable to the way sex offenders must inform their neighbors.

If that’s not enough to give you the skeevs, listen to this: 30 current and former statewide elected officials visited the Boys State conference that week. How many reportedly visited the Girls State conference?

Zero.

[Burnt Orange Report]
[Raw Story]
[Wikipedia: Boys/Girls State]
[Texas Boys State Blog]

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