Avengers and the Battle for Girls

This past weekend amid the Kentucky Derby, Game 7 of the NBA Quarterfinals and the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, The Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in the theaters.  This it the second installment in this series and one of many more Marvel films coming out in the next few years.

The characters of these stories have left the comic books and on to the big screen and are now used in marketing and advertisements.  From soda cans and t-shirts, smart phone apps and toothbrushes, the Avengers are everywhere and more than likely they will not be going away anytime soon.

In this world of super heroes and world dominating seeking super villains an interesting trend has emerged.  As noted by Rev. David Hansen, a Lutheran minister in the Houston area, girls are being left out.  Below is what can only we described as an epic father looking out for his daughter and girls everywhere Twitter rant.  This is not the type of rant we normally see on Twitter; Rev. David is not complaining about his Starbucks order or how much he will miss Zanye from One Direction, rather it is a heart-felt complaint about the lack of girls in the Avengers marketing.

In the first Avengers film there was only one character that was female, Black Widow.  In the sequel they add Scarlet Witch but as you see these characters are being marketed the same way as the “big boys” Thor and Iron Man.  Even Ultron the super villain gets more press than these two female characters.

I’ll let Rev. David take it from here.

 

 

Rev. David wants his daughter and I want my daughter and every girl to have someone to be their ‘super hero’ or even have something in common with their family members.  This weekend my daughter and I watched the Star Wars Clone Wars animated series and she loved it.  Had I told her “that’s a boy show” we would have never had a good time just sitting with each other watching something in common.  You haven’t lived until you have to explain to a five-year old what the force is.

The delineation of “boy” toys and “girl” toys needs to stop.  We have to stop categorizing toys, career options and colors to a dichotomy of this or that.  If my daughter wants to watch Star Wars then she will, if she wants to watch My Little Ponies then she will.

We can not tell children especially girls that they can do whatever they want when they grow up but then do not give them options that promote strong female leads in society and even in fantasy.  We can not lose a another generation to gender stereotyping.

Marvel has several more movies coming out in the next few years and they need to remember that girls are fans of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and the Hulk as well.

We need to remember not only today but everyday that girls need heroes too.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

 

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Hundreds of girls have been kidnapped in Nigeria because they had the audacity to want to get an education.

Be in prayer for these girls and that they might be brought back to their families safely.  It’s hard to imagine that so many girls could be taken away.  Social media as been buzzing trying to draw attention to this problem.

Sadly this problem is not just located in Africa but every day women, men and children are sold into modern day slavery and sex trafficking.

Despite all of the rhetoric and differences that get thrown around Christian circles there should be a united front from all followers of Christ.  These girls (or any person for that matter) are not property to be bought and sold and exchanged for goods.  If we truly believe in the divine presence of God indwells within all of humanity then we should be outraged at the actions of this terrorist group in Africa. Not just because they are a terrorist group but because they are stealing the innocence of these girls.

Pray for their safety, prayer for their families who struggle to cling to hope and pray that peace will come to earth and this never happens again.

 

Come, Holy Spirit, Come.

In Christ,

 

Rev. Evan

 


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A Letter to Victoria’s Secret From a Father

An open letter to Victoria’s Secret regarding their choice to make an underwear line aimed at young teenagers. (Read about it here)


Dear Victoria’s Secret,

I am a father of a three year old girl. She loves princesses, Dora the Explorer, Doc McStuffins and drawing pictures for people. Her favorite foods are peanut butter and jelly, cheese and pistachios.

Even though she is only three, as a parent I have had those thoughts of my daughter growing up and not being the little girl she is now. It is true what they say about kids, they grow up fast. No matter how hard I try I know that she will not be the little ball of energy she is now; one day she will be a rebellious teenager that will more than likely think her dad is a total goof ball and would want to distance herself from my embarrassing presence.

I know that this is far down the line and I try to spend as much time as I can with her making memories of this special time.

But as I read an article today posted on The Black Sphere, it really got me thinking that maybe the culture that we currently find ourselves in is not helping the cause.

Recently I read an article that Victoria’s Secret is launching a line of underwear and bras aimed at middle school aged children. The line will be called “Bright Young Things” and will feature ” lace black cheeksters with the word “Wild” emblazoned on them, green and white polka-dot hipsters screen printed with “Feeling Lucky?” and a lace trim thong with the words, “Call me” on the front.”

As a dad, this makes me sick.

I believe that this sends the wrong message to not only my daughter but to all young girls.
I don’t want my daughter to ever think that her self-worth and acceptance by others is based on the choice of her undergarments. I don’t want my daughter to ever think that to be popular or even attractive she has to have emblazon words on her bottom.

I want my daughter (and every girl) to be faced with tough decisions in her formative years of adolescence. Decisions like should I be a doctor or a lawyer? Should I take calculus as a junior or a senior? Do I want to go to Texas A&M or University of Texas or some Ivy League School? Should I raise awareness for slave trafficking or lack of water in developing nations? There are many, many more questions that all young women should be asking themselves… not will a boy (or girl) like me if I wear a “call me” thong?

I want my daughter to know that she is perfect the way she is; I want my daughter to know that no matter what underwear she is wearing it does not define her.

I believe that this new line “Bright Young Things” thwarts the efforts of empowering young women in this country. “Bright Young Things” gives off the message that women are sex objects. This new line promotes it at a dangerously young age.

I implore you to reconsider your decision to start this line.

By doing so you will put young girl’s self-esteem, self-worth and pride above profits.

Sincerely,

Rev. Evan Dolive
Houston, TX


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