“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.