Michael Schur: That’s a very important part of [Ron Swanson’s] character: He’s all about self-reliance and individualism and that means that he doesn’t care whether you’re a man or a woman or you’re straight or you’re gay or you’re tall or short or black or white or whatever. He doesn’t care. He really couldn’t care less of anything about you. What he prides himself on and the singular trait he admires in others is self-reliance. So this debate that we had about how his worldview could have allowed him to—or his group, the group that he’s leading—deny a girl entrance into the group, we actually play it out in the episode. That’s the debate that they have with the kids. And some of the girls are saying, like, “I think there’s value in single-sex activities at a certain age,” and it’s the debate we had in the writers’ room, like, “Maybe, for kids—especially pre-adolescent children—there might be some real value in having certain activities where they’re only amongst people of their own gender. That might be important for identity and for a sense of safety and security and just for a number of reasons.” And I don’t know the answer, so we kind of were just like, “All right, let’s just put this debate that we’re having into the episode, and raise the questions.” Because I think there’s valid responses on both sides.
This is what we cut from our giant interview with Parks And Recreation’s showrunner Michael Schur. You should probably get on reading the rest of it.