Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves

From Is Buffy Responsible For Slaying Women's Church Attendance?

Today’s modern woman sees more relevance in TV icons who promote female empowerment such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, than in church and traditional religion, according to new research to be published in the Church Times this week.

Dr Kristin Aune, a sociologist at the University of Derby, says the church (all Christian denominations) must act to halt the steep decline in female attendance at services across the country.

She says: “In short, women are abandoning the church.”
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The implication by Dr. Aune seems to be that there is something wrong with women not attending church. What I see as a good thing, Dr. Aune (a sociologist) sees as a bad thing. Women who think independently are deciding to leave the church and Dr. Aune does not seem to be very happy with this. The church “must act to halt” this terrible thing. What kind of sociologist says something like this? Are sociologists supposed to be biased in the way that Dr. Aune obviously is?

And the whole Buffy the Vampire Slayer thing just seems like a way for the author of the article and Dr. Aune to draw attention to themselves.

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