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Buffy blamed for women leaving for the Church of England

Saturday 23 August 2008, by Webmaster

Buffy the Vampire Slayer blamed for 50,000 women abandoning church every year - because it makes ’witchcraft’ attractive

The Church of England has lost at least 50,000 women from its congregation every year since 1989, a sociologist said today.

Kristin Aune, from the University of Derby, said many young women were put off going to church because they linked it with traditional values.

She also said TV favourites such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who promote female empowerment, discouraged women from attending church.

Kristin Aune from Derby University claims women are abandoning the church because of its traditional values and TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which she claims focus on female empowerment, attract women to witchcraft instead of the church.

’Because of its focus on female empowerment, young women are attracted by Wicca, popularised by the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

’Young women tend to express egalitarian values and dislike the traditionalism and hierarchies they imagine are integral to the church.

’Women’s ordination, as priests and now bishops, has dominated debate and headlines.

’But while looking at women in the pulpit, we have taken our eyes off the pews, where a shift with more consequences for the church’s survival is underway.’

Dr Aune believes many women find it difficult to find time for church as they juggle their working lives with their families.

She also thinks senior clergy remaining silent about sex is driving women away as they feel the church requires them to deny their desires.

Dr Aune added: ’Gone are the days when the mother was at home during the day and had time to visit the church’s coffee mornings and mother and toddler groups.

’With the pressures women face, churches must adapt to make themselves more accessible.

’One such church in London launched a Saturday breakfast club and it proved a success with women who were out at work during the week.’

The university said the numbers of women leaving the church come from the English Church Census, which Dr Aune used in research for her new book entitled Women and Religion in the West, of which she is a co-author.

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  • Buffy blamed for women leaving for the Church of England

    24 August 2008 00:07, by Talia Helder

    Um, wow. Yeah, Buffy is the reason why people are leaving the church. If this has been happening continously since 1989 or so, yes, let’s all jump on board to blame Buffy. It’s just funny that as much as witchcraft/Wicca/etc. might have been publicized in a semi-positive way in ANY medium, almost ALWAYS in a fantasty-type settig, that it still gets the smackdown from churches. I just don’t understand why - if popular media is to blame - why ’Buffy’ gets singled out, because surely doesn’t Buffy also emphasize punishment and things-go-badly in the witchcraft area ANYWAY? There is a MUCH broader scheme of real day-to-day events that the church seems to be purposefully overlooking.

    "Oh, we’re losing people from our church - let’s blame Satan and his choice of luring people away from us through media such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This way, it makes it seem like THEY are doing something wrong, when in reality WE are."

    I think this church is severely looking down on people, surely we can figure out for ourselves what is a) real and b) right. For example, I’ve never once met a person who said "I’m going to be a practicing witch because of Harry Potter/Buffy/Charmed/etc." I mean, almost every form of entertainment today has some sort of element of witchcraft! From sitcoms to novels, miniseries to comic books, we can’t just single out Buffy, and the church shouldn’t single out witchcraft as the reason why their losing 50,000 members a year.

    This is a new age, and things ARE changing, not nessecarily for the worse, but I would like to think that people should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be that heavily influenced by what we see on TV. Lots of characters on television do drugs, and lots of people I’ve known have done drugs, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that these two are NOT strictly related, no matter what many people would like to believe. People don’t WANT to do things because they see them on television, they want to do things because they want to do them. It would be a nice solution, yes, to blame television for all of our world’s problems, but unfortunately, supporting arguments from this area are becoming weaker and weaker, and real problems are heightening all the time. Let’s fight these battles, instead of fighting imaginary ghosts.

    In conclusion (yes, I have a conclusion), if someone genuinely wanted to become another religion, such as Wiccan, um, who cares? It’s a deeply personal choice, and the religion supports peace and unity. I’m not Wiccan myself, but as far as religions go, it’s definitely a positive one and should not be regarded as evil. Then again, anything that isn’t monotheistic God-Jesus-y has pretty much been considered satanic lately, which is a disrespectful misnomer to many.

    Listen to the way this church talks down to people.

    No wonder people are abandoning you.