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Logical Gal and Barbie’s hidden agenda

10 Mar


I don’t know what you think, but when I read about the Girl Scouts of America teaming up with Mattel Inc to produce the Barbie Merit Badge, I nearly gagged.  But not for the reason you might think (such as  – her disproportionate body shape).

The slogan on the badge angered me.  What untold damage will be done to girls who swallow this philosophy? And how will that affect our society?

But I’m jumping ahead of myself.  Any logical Joe or Jane must start first with the presuppositions that underpin the assertions.  Hence, I’ve chosen to raise some questions, and think about what might cause someone to actually believe that girls could BE anything and DO everything.  And in looking at presuppositions, along the way we will clarify our terms, ‘anything’ and ‘everything’.

Right off the bat, “anything” and “everything” both are universals, they mean – No limits. I guess the truth wasn’t catchy enough, to wit:  Some girls can be more than they think they can be and do more activities than they might have thought possible.

Addressing ‘Be anything’, does the creator of this slogan envision something extreme like girls choosing to be boys; that is encouraging them to change their gender? Or is this exhortation limited to career openings and breaking through glass ceilings?   Just what is considered ‘anything’?

As far as ‘doing everything’, are girls meant to absorb the message that being a concert pianist or pro football linebacker are also possible for the girl who simply DESIRES to pursue these goals?

Our society is confused enough without the influence of brainwashed girls understandably balking at ANY limits they encounter later as future adults.

Wouldn’t it be better to help young women realistically assess their limits, study their inclinations and giftings and offer them a picture of what they reasonably might be able to balance?

To paraphrase a philosopher named Dirty Harry,  “A gal has got to know her limitations”

Dirty Harry

Even the Bible teaches that wise leaders count the cost before they go to war or build a fortification.  No-limit thinking ignores the cost.

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28

The world likes to spout uplifting rhetoric like, “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” (Les Brown)

That sounds good, but again, is it true?

What I’m arguing for is helping girls be realistic.  There ARE circumstances that prevent one from BEING anything and DOING everything.  I believe we would do more good in encouraging girls to discover what is possible for each one in particular.  Genetics, family circumstances, geography, current economics and political factors all place limits on our lives.  Let’s help these future followers and leaders to deal with reality in healthy ways.

Life is painful enough without the added disappointment from unmet expectations.

Link to Barbie Girl Scout Patch

Logical Gal and even MORE precise definintions

17 Jan

I’ve written about how much I like the idea of making distinctions between this and that.  “As opposed to what?”  is one of my favorite questions for better comprehension.

Well, last night, I heard someone explain the difference between the BROAD sense of the word MIRACLE and the NARROW sense.


In essence  miracle could refer to something supernatural in both senses. Yet there would be real distinctions.  That means we would NOT be committing the fallacy of equivocation (same word, completely different concepts). 

So what are the broad and narrow definitions of miracle?  The broad version describes a miracle as an extraordinary event that seems to defy the laws of nature. (paraphrase of what I heard last night) 

The narrow sense limits the scope of these extraordinary events as specifically those meant to attest to the authenticity of the prophet/person carrying them out.  So Moses was able to change a river into blood to prove that he was sent by God.  Jesus was able to multiply fishes and loaves and raise a man from being 3 days-dead to prove that he was sent by God.

Following on the heals of what I heard last night about broad and narrow versions,  this morning I read about 2 levels of faith in God.  Immediately I saw the connection between narrow and broad.  The devotional recounted  Jesus’ rebuke of his disciples who panicked while he slept in the boat amidst the violent storm.

Luke 8:22-25

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

So did the disciples NOT believe Jesus? Of course they did.  They had left their professions to join his band of brothers and follow him.  That act certainly indicated a level of commitment and belief.

But as I’m learning, there is FAITH in God and then there is FAITH in God.  Again we can make the distinction between a general or broad sense and a more specific or narrow sense.

These normal rugged men had the faith THAT he was a man sent from God and they might even at times have accepted his words that he WAS God. (John 10:30 – “I and the Father are one” )

But as I read in my devotional this morning, their faith was NOT the (narrow ) kind that expected the Creator God to CARE for his creation because he loved them. It was the more general kind, the kind that doesn’t touch one’s heart so much.   All of a sudden ‘faith in God’ takes on a new sense.  And how I answer the following question affects my presuppositions. Do I believe and trust that God is a loving God whose every action toward me is one motivated by His love for me? 

That is worth chewing on.  To use a word very passé: I like these NUANCED definitions.