TLC (which used to be The Learning Channel when I was young … I’m not sure what the acronym stands for now) added a new family based reality show called Sister Wives to their fall line-up. The reality show follows the Brown family; a polygamous family comprised of one husband, three wives, and thirteen children.
For those of you who haven’t seen the show, and would like a little insight into the Browns, here’s a few videos:
And you thought Carrie Bradshaw had a hard time finding a man past 35. According to the Associated Press, the marriage market in Baghdad is incredibly tough for older women, especially women like Nidal Hadar, a 38-year-old dressmaker:
“Our chances of finding husbands are diminishing as we grow older. [...] I am at an age where anyone who may propose to me will either be a widower or very, very old, but no one is really proposing to me since all the men now are looking for a rich or a young bride.”
The reason for the sudden flush of unmarried women is both simple and sad: war has been diminishing the male population and the familial social networks. Quite simply, the men are dying off and the war makes it difficult for gentlemen to call on potentially wives.
Noble Rose Press, a company run by sisters Breezy and Emily Rose Brookshire, offers paper doll books entitled Daughters of His Story. As a former little girl myself and the mother of two daughters who love the concept of creating worlds through the different scenery and attire paper dolls offer, I think this is great. Far too many children have stopped playing in earnest by the age of three or so in lieu of television shows and video games. However, I do have some concerns about the underlining message of this particular line of paper dolls.
As young girls, Breezy and Emily Rose enjoyed listening to their mother read aloud for hours, and they especially remember the impact that the stories of courageous and godly women had on them. The stories not only inspired them in biblical femininity, but they also wanted to share these women’s lives with other girls.
In the summer of 2009, God gave their mother an idea: Paper dolls based on historical women that exemplified virtuous womanhood and modest clothing while teaching young girls and their mothers about our rich heritage in the Kingdom of God. Breezy could paint the ladies and their wardrobes, while Emily Rose could design the booklets on the computer.