The study, published in the book Women and Religion in the West, says that young women are taking a greater interest in Wicca and other Pagan religions. To the extent that 50,000 young women have abandoned Western religion to study paganism.
Why are young girls so influenced by a TV series? According to the author, “Because of its focus on female empowerment”.
So, after watching a role model that is smart, tough and empowered in a world that constantly throws road-blocks in her way, young girls are no longer content to follow the misogynistic ways of western religion. Religious practices which tell you whatever you accomplish is due to a long-deceased guy from the desert and not your own abilities? Go figure.
Young girls can learn a lot through the trials and tribulations of young Buffy Somers. My most excellent daughter mainlined Buffy for years and she’s awesome. As for Paganism? I haven’t seen any pagan suicide bombers or pagans picketing soldier funerals lately.
I read this article and my first thought was, “How cool is that?” Buffy’s not even airing anymore and it’s still rocking the world. AWESOME!