Saturday, August 23, 2008

Blame Hollywood for Your Troubles

Buffy the Vampire Slayer slaying church attendance among women, study claims - Telegraph OK so 50,000 women have abandoned the Church of England every year since 1989. That's a lot of people. Why? Blame Buffy.
The report claims more than 50,000 women a year have deserted their congregations over the past two decades because they feel the church is not relevant to their lives.

It says that instead young women are becoming attracted to the pagan religion Wicca, where females play a central role, which has grown in popularity after being featured positively in films, TV shows and books.
I blame Xena: Warrior Princess more than Buffy.

See, women have this crazy idea that dogmatic orthodoxy (and this the Anglicans) wants to freeze women into roles we aren't too happy with anymore. The Baptists - or at least one flavor of Baptists - are back to a) not letting women teach Sunday school, and b) telling them to "submit" to their husbands. I can't imagine where we get these crazy ideas about dogma.
She believes many women have been put off going to church in recent years because of the influence of feminism, which challenged the traditional Christian view of women's roles and raised their aspirations.
Can't tell if the Telegraph thinks those new aspirations are a good thing or not.

Now whatever you think of Wicca or the Anglicans, the fact is that women in the west have more goals in our lives than our grandmothers and great-grandmothers did. Any institution that doesn't recognize those goals, and share our values is likely to see a decline in our involvement.

And were those aspirations caused by TV shows like Buffy and Xena, or were those shows staged to appeal to the women and girls wanting strong role models, those women who already had aspirations? "Which came first, the phoenix or the fire?" Blaming popular TV programs seems a little like a cop-out. Makes it unnecessary to examine your part in this exodus.

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