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This is the final installment in a three-part series.  For parts one and two, click here

Let’s get right to it: Theologically speaking, what’s so special about being a girl?

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For part one, click here

Quick recap: A study covered on “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” revealed that six-year-old girls tend by an overwhelming margin to think their own gender of inferior intelligence compared to their male counterparts.

I suggested that the ubiquitous image of the “sexy female” in popular culture goes far to undermine girls’ sense of female dignity and, therefore, intelligence.

Okay — I also said we’d look at possible secular responses to this phenomenon, along with the thoughtful Catholic response I intend to share.

But I’ve changed my mind.  It is a little presumptuous of me to assume I can predict how the culture will respond, and such responses are hardly relevant until they are actually manifest.

So I’ll just share the Catholic response.  If anyone has a more secular viewpoint they’d like to share, please feel free to do so.

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Megyn Kelly

Well I’m not a regular “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” viewer.  But I cannot help catching things out of the corner of my eye from time to time, and I was intrigued when I saw that she was covering a study of gender perceptions among 5- and 6-year-old children.

The results of the study were pretty straightforward:

  1. When asked whether they thought boys were smarter than girls or vice versa, 5-year-old girls tended to favor their own gender.
  2. 6-year-old girls, meanwhile, almost universally (if not universally) answered that boys were smarter — even those whose mothers were working women (even, in fact, the daughter of Kelly herself, whose husband is a work-at-home author, and therefore more often home with the kids while she is out “making it big”).

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Do I have your attention?

Good.  The fidget spinners have done their duty, and we can move on.

Do I know you?

Even better.

Are you a past Into the Dance reader?

Better still.

Does it seem to you that I’ve been gone for quite awhile?

That doesn’t surprise me.  It’s because I have. (more…)

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