The group One Million Moms has joined the backlash against SheZow, a gender-bending cartoon superhero for kids that debuted in the United States this weekend. Like Focus on the Family, OMM expressed concern that the cartoon would confuse children, but went a step further and condemned the idea that any child should ever aspire to be a girl who saves the world:
There is no doubt this superhero character will confuse kids. Children desire to be just like superheroes and will mimic a superhero’s every action, even to the point of dressing up in costumes to resemble the characters as much as possible. It won’t be long before little boys are saying, “I want to be a girl, so I can help people and save the world!”
Christian parents don’t need a TV show to contribute to what might be a real problem for some children. Loving your child is to teach them right from wrong and find help when they need it. We are all sinners, but we try to do better and get help when and where we need it in our lives. Thousands of Christian counselors and pastors are available all across the country to help anyone who is struggling with any kind of sin including homosexuality, gender identity disorder, gender confusion or gender dysphoria.
OMM’s promotion of ex-gay and ex-trans ministries is offensive, but par for the course. The idea that a girl saving the world would be “a real problem for some children” — for a boy or otherwise — speaks to the patriarchal values at the core of conservative arguments. For an organization that supposedly represents the strength and importance of women to families, this rhetoric greatly undermines female empowerment.
In reality, One Millions Moms is a subsidiary of the American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, and likely isn’t even made up of moms, let alone one million of them.