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December 25, 2007

A feminist story?

“The Golden Compass” portrays strong females. The focus on the so-called Christian controversy has neglected to mention the brave and sassy heroine and what a wonderful role model she is for young girls.

Lyra is a leader, and continues to believe in herself even when most of the adults try to control her. She does not buy into the rules of the time, thinks for herself, and trusts her instincts. No wonder the authorities consider her a threat!

This movie is a feminist’s delight. When Lyra’s friends are kidnapped, the cheeky girl goes off to save the boys. Later, a band of beautiful witches dressed in Renaissance garb fly in, armed and dangerous, to help save the children. Even the nasty Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman) seems a step ahead of the male characters.

Since the Catholic Church has a well-documented history of prejudice toward women, it is easy to see why it feels threatened by the Philip Pullman books and this movie.

Diane Stewart
Olathe

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

I wonder if these "strong female" types would hold that clain in family court?
probably not, they would most likely cry victim in benefit to the monetary reward.

Chris40

"I have heard enough good things about this movie to go see it in spite of the above letter."

Ugg, I thought it was one of the worst movies I saw all year. I have not read the books, but I did not notice any athiesm, anti-Christianity, feminism, storyline, interesting characters, or fun in the movie. Even the special effects weren't that great.

I recommend "I Am Legend" or "The Water Horse." Much better use of time and money, IMO.

anonymousposter

Jack, I am a woman, but I wouldn't consider myself a feminist. The young heroine in this movie could just as easily have been a boy and the movie would have been just as great, in my opinion. I highly recommend seeing it.

jack

Could the "Women good, men bad" level of this letter be any more clear? I have heard enough good things about this movie to go see it in spite of the above letter.

Jim

"Is that why the USCCB had the review withdrawn and the Catholic News Service will no longer carry it?"

Hmmm...perhaps kcstar would best be served by doing a little research before writing his diatribes.

anonymousposter

This is an EXCELLENT movie. But if you don't want your children to have an open mind, ask questions, seek knowledge, and learn to think for themselves, then you should definitely not take them to see this movie.

ksskidude

So does the Catholic Review represent the Catholic Church? Did the Pope sign off on this review?

newdealer

"...a good review." Is that why the USCCB had the review withdrawn and the Catholic News Service will no longer carry it?

kcstar_is_one_sided

"Since the Catholic Church has a well-documented history of prejudice toward women, it is easy to see why it feels threatened by the Philip Pullman books and this movie."

Hmmm... the Catholic Review gave this movie a good review. Perhaps Ms Stewart would be best served by doing a little research before writing her diatribes.

 
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