The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Dinah V. Gina
the Planned Parenthood superheroine who slays pro-life activists
Choice Chick is a costumed super-heroine character featured in animated videos created by Planned Parenthood. She was created for the purpose of promoting Planned Parenthood's messages and ideologies, principally involving abortion rights. Another key purpose of the "Choice Chick" campaign was to campaign for the election of Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry.
The "secret identity" of Choice Chick is Dinah V. Gina, a homophonous name which is a reference to the female anatomy central to Planned Parenthood beliefs. The likeness of Choice Chick is patterned after actress Janeane Garofalo, who is an outspoken liberal activist and supporter of the Democratic Party.
Choice Chick is not an isolated case, as demonstrated by Planned Parenthood's use of other costumed superheroes (such as "Dianisis") similarly charged with vanquishing the organization's enemies (principally promoters pro-life and abstinence ideologies).
Despite her name, "Choice Chick" actually has nothing to do with the School Choice movement. Planned Parenthood is, in fact, opposed to School Choice reforms. "Choice" here refers to "Pro-Choice" phraseology used in slogans and promotional materials by Planned Parenthood and the abortion rights movement.
From: "Planned Parenthood... It's Not What You Think!" page on Georgia Right to Life page (http://www.grtl.org/plannedparenthood.asp; viewed 3 June 2006):
Planned Parenthood's Action Fund spent $10 million for a television and mail campaign in order to prevent President George W. Bush's election in 2000 (they were also involved in more than 700 races nationwide). They are presently fighting hard to keep very pro-life President George W. Bush from being re-elected through cartoons (Choice Chick), endorsing John Kerry and television commercials.
PPFA encourages teen sexual activity through its sex education program and through their... teen website, www.teenwire.com. Planned Parenthood depends heavily on the sale of contraceptives/abortifacients...
From: "Deconstructing Choice Chick" newsgroup post by firstname.lastname@example.org, 11 August 2004 (http://home.earthlink.net/~tagutcow/chick.html; viewed 3 June 2006):
Superhero cartoons acted to severely retarded my understanding of the word "evil," as I imagine they have done for millions of other children. I thought evil was just something a person was, almost as a vocation that comes with a standard issue small fluffy pet with a bow tied to its head. It was not until I was approaching my teens that I even really understood what evil was. Planned Parenthood's new superheroine capitalizes on this muddle-brained, preadolescent conception of good and evil.
Average 1973 housewife Dinah V. Gina -- through some unexplained transformation involving various (non-abortiofacient) trademarked products -- becomes Choice Chick! (Ironically, Dinah V. Gina was probably the only girl in America named Dinah who didn't suffer the nickname "Dinah Vagina" in grade school.) If it's wrong for Camel cigarettes to try to lure children into smoking with a corporate mascot that looks remarkably like a giant phallus, it seems like it should be equally wrong to lure children into supporting pro-choice lobby groups with a superheroine whose alter ego name sounds even more remarkably like "vagina." (And come on, even if these spots are targeting voting-age adults with cute, campy but still socially-conscious fun, they are at least trying to graze the interest of adolescents and smooth over the projected deficit of pro-choicers in elections beyond this one.) Oh yeah, and Choice Chick's package is even bigger than Rubber Boy's.
I seriously doubt these are product placements Charley perfume, Tab cola, and Ms. Magazine -- nope, there's no selfish monetary interests behind the pro-choice movement, as it would seem it is comprised only of people (literally) on the streets with clenched, righteous fists (and Planned Parenthood certainly doesn't have any fiduciary interests in keeping abortion legal.) No, the real selfish interest is embodied by the conscienceless pre-programmed mechoid Judgebots who want to control women's bodies to further their own selfish interest of... er... controlling women's bodies. Hey, the pro-choicers committed themselves to this premise thirty years ago, they can't be expected to abandon it now.
Choice Chick swoops into a bedroom and hands a condom to two pre-coital interracial lovebirds. What happened to keeping politics out of the bedroom? But the guy is pretty cute, as is his conquered nubian princess. I wish it stayed with them a little longer.
The characters of the Bush administration are introduced with, "...But now an evil menace, the likes of which freedom-loving people have never seen..." The action hero cartoon is perhaps best suited to the pro-choice movement, as it is difficult to tell where comic-book bombast ends and standard pro-choice Pravda-speak begins. For "freedom-loving people", I imagine it is great cause for self-congratulation to support a woman's right to abort despite not believing that the fetus has the rights of a person nor that abortion is murder. But the word "fetus" never occurs in this spot; neither, for that matter, does the word "abortion." When an issue is presented in such soft-focus that what precisely is at issue is never even referred to by name, how can it be anything other than propaganda?
Naturally, the spot ends with John Kerry and John Edwards kick-boxing Judgebots Batman-and-Robin style. Choice Chick seems to have a less physically taxing if somewhat more expensive strategy-- the Judgebots lock up when birth control pills are thrown at them (are birth control pills even at issue? And since when do liberals not like judges?) At the very end, however, Choice Chick and the two Johns are surrounded on all sides by Judgebots... and they need YOUR help!
Pro-choicers seem to think all that is required is to rally people. Just sing high-energy rock songs along the lines "Let's fight, LET'S FIGHT!!! For abortion rights! C'mon let's fight, LET'S FIGHT!!!" etc. etc.) and send them out to "stand up" (indeed, "Stand Up! For Choice" is the name of the campaign) to pro-lifers, here represented quite literally as an impersonal force of control-for-the-sake-of-control. But pro-lifers aren't what has to be stood up to -- despite the wrongheaded strategy of abortion-rights organizations, and the idea that abortion is taking a human life is not one that you can merely "stand up" to and expect to back down.
But still, this is fun! I hope the Judgebots grind Choice Chick to a bespectacled pulp with their telescoping eight-foot mechanical penii! I'll have to stay tuned!
From: Tigerhawk, "The Adventures of Choice Chick" post on Tigerhawk blog website, 9 August 2004 (http://tigerhawk.blogspot.com/2004/08/adventures-of-choice-chick.html; viewed 3 June 2006):
By TigerHawk at 8/09/2004 10:51:59 AM
Planned Parenthood is running a web movie called "The Adventures of Choice Chick" [link to: the official "Choice Chick" webpage on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund website: http://www.ppaction.org/ppvotes/choice_chick.html]. The ad is deeply partisan, and profoundly alienating to those of us who both support legal abortion and who vote Republican more often than not. As Glenn suggests [link to: http://instapundit.com/archives/017069.php], if I were Karl Rove I would want this thing to run in prime time every night between now and Election Day.
Reader comments on this page:
This is Windrem from New Republicans:
I just watched the video and came to the same conclusions. The Left has a habit of rolling all of their various issues into one huge fight against the Republicans (read: white patriarchal heirarchy). So, even those of us who aren't out to overturn Roe/Wade end up disgusted by the tone of the message. Yes, I am for stem-cell research and legal abortion, but I am too pro-small government and pro-security/defense to jump the fence. One thing is for sure, this group will not see a dime of my donation money.
Mon Aug 09, 08:20:20 PM
From: Glenn Reynolds, page post 9 August 2004 on "Instant Pundit" blog website (http://instapundit.com/archives/017069.php; viewed 3 June 2006):
CALL ME CRAZY, but I don't find this ad [link to the "Choice Chick" video] very persuasive, even in a cause I agree with. If I were the Republicans, I'd try to get it broadcast in primetime. Or at least the flying-ninja-Kerry part.
From: Lorie Byrd, "Choice Chick", posted 8 August 2004 on "PoliPundit" blog website (http://polipundit.com/wp-comments-popup.php?p=3526; viewed 3 June 2006):
Remember how much trouble Camel cigarettes got into with their Joe Camel campaign? This "Choice Chick" cartoon character (who happens to resemble Janeane Garofalo) will probably get no protest at all. Evidently, it is okay to market abortion rights to kids and vilify George W. Bush and other Republicans to them, as well. This thing just gave me the creeps. (Link via The Corner at NRO)
From: "Irish Elk" blog website, posted 6 August 2004 (http://mcns.blogspot.com/2004_08_01_mcns_archive.html; viewed 3 June 2006):
Choice Chick vs. the Judgebots: In this Flash animation from Planned Parenthood, the heroine out of the action-packed pages of Our Bodies, Ourselves appears to be a mix of Olympia Snowe and a skinny Janeane Garofalo, and is aided by her backup superheroes, the Ambiguously Democratic Presidential Duo [John Kerry and John Edwards].
From: "Choice Chick" posted 9 August 2004 on "Fringe" blog website (http://www.fringeblog.com/archives/2004/August; viewed 3 June 2006):
In a normal world, this would be considered an antidote to sanity. [Link to "Choice Chick" webpage at http://www.ppaction.org/ppvotes/choice_chick.html] It's a mindless, stereotypical flash cartoon response to the Bush administration who, if the cartoon is to be believed, not only wants control over your very body, but actually is violating Constitutional law by attempting to pass laws through the judiciary to achieve it.
The origins of Choice Chick (trademarked by Planned Parenthood--believe me, no one else would want to claim that ridiculous moniker) are about as ridiculous as the origins of Mosquito Man, a superhero created three summers ago by myself and four other friends. The only difference being, we weren't deadly serious about our hero's abilities or purpose in life.
Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, has decided to drop the other shoe, making this the second stupid campaign it's conducted in three weeks.
Posted by jelewis8 at 05:41 PM
From: Brian Tiemann, "Nyah ah ahhh. I love being evil!", posted 9 August 2004 on "Peeve Farm" blog website (http://www.grotto11.com/blog/?newpost+1099310400; viewed 3 June 2006):
[Link to "Choice Chick" webpage at http://www.ppaction.org/ppvotes/choice_chick.html]
I believe I agree with Glenn's take on this ad. [link to post by Glenn Reynolds on "Instant Pundit" blog site]
When you flat-out refuse to accept that the other side can possibly have any motivation other than evil, sure, it makes for fun Flash aimations - but whom, exactly, do you think you're convincing? All it does is tell moderates, people who can see both sides of a given issue, that you aren't interested in rational discussion or compromise.
These moderates are people who don't like to reward petulant foot-stamping whiners who think they're "simply right and that's all there is to it". And now they won't. Congratulations, creators of "Choice Chick", for very likely turning off a fair number of people who had been fence-sitters on the abortion issue. Congratulations on being immature, condescending brats who hijack morally-superior vocabulary so you don't have to face engaging reasoned opposition. Congratulations on turning what had seemed a totally reasonable position into a parody of itself, and on insulting a great many people who had otherwise been sympathetic to your cause.
Gee, where have we seen this happen before?
From: Comments section for "Links of the Day" page on IMAO blog website (http://www.imao.us/cgi-bin/deaconman.cgi?entry_id=1756; viewed 3 June 2006):
Is it my imagination or does "Choice Chick" look just like Jeanene Garafaolo? And she's drinking TAB in the openning scene (TAB is short for Therapeudic Abortion in the medical field, no coincidence there). Haha. Funny. Not.
When did killing babies become comedic fodder?
Posted by jonag at August 9, 2004 06:57 PM
From: Douglas LeBlanc, "The amazing, nonpartisan adventures of Choice Chick", posted 11 August 2004 on "Get Religion" blog website (http://www.getreligion.org/?p=292; viewed 3 June 2006):
From Newsweek's web exclusive interview with Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood:
What are your plans for the Republican National Convention?
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is nonpartisan and we have tried very hard the last few conventions to get some change in the Republican platform and have not been successful. . . . We're not as interested in attacking George Bush as in appealing to broad public opinion at this point. He's not going to change his mind. There are some groups that want to attack and we don't see any benefit in that. We know and the American people know where George Bush stands.
Now consider the Choice Chick video, promoted on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund's mainpage, which uses campy cartoon humor to mock the "diabolical, dastardly and dogmatic" Bush (evil laugh included) and those whom Bush's cartoon incarnation calls "A.G. Johnny" John Ashcroft, "Patty" Pat Robertson, a hydra-headed "Supreme Court Beastie" (Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justices Scalia and Thomas) and "Little Ricky" Santorum.
From: "Choice Chick, the pro-abortion superheroine!" message board started 8 August 2004 on TheologyWeb.com website (http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/showthread.php?t=35140; viewed 3 June 2006):
August 8th 2004, 10:05 PM
Choice Chick, the pro-abortion superheroine!
August 8th 2004, 10:19 PM
What utter, complete idiots.
August 8th 2004, 10:25 PM
Ugh. Wierd, stupid, and generally icky...
August 8th 2004, 10:25 PM
Any relation to Jack?
[NOTE: In this post, "bar Jonah" is referring to Jack Chick, a fundamentalist Protestant famous as a major producer of polemical comic books which are tracts for his religious and political views. The views promoted in Jack Chick comics are generally regarded as extremist in nature. Jack Chick markets himself as a Biblical literalist, but his comics frequently present theological positions at odds with Biblical teachings. Bar Jonah's comment is drawing a comparison between "Choice Chick" and Jack Chick, who happen to have the same "last name," and are similar in that they are both regarded as representing extreme polar positions of their respective ideological camps.]
August 8th 2004, 10:31 PM
Wow, so Janeane Garafolo is by night a creped crusader?
Someone's been gettin' high on some super heroin...
August 8th 2004, 10:56 PM
Wow, the whole ad said nothing about abortion. Just some ambiguous "choice" that the government is going to take away. Choice to do what? I don't understand? Something about robots?
Guess the ugly truth wouldn't have made a good cartoon though.
August 8th 2004, 11:17 PM
More stupidity from Planned Parenthood. I'm eager to see what Twilly Spree, a PP [Planned Supporter] supporter, thinks about this.
Oh, and I'm rooting for the evil Judgebots by the way. Beat that idiot Choice Chick!
The Laughing Man
August 9th 2004, 01:10 AM
Quote: "...Janeane Garafolo..."
But Choice Chick is skinny...
jason [whose blog icon is a picture of Star Trek character Spock posted as Rodin's Thinker]
August 9th 2004, 01:17 AM
re: "What utter, complete idiots."
Please don't offer such glowing compliments of such utter garbage.
Complete idiots everywhere would be highly offended to be identified with such stuff.
Are Americans really so stupid as to buy into this rubbish? I mean I know americans have a reputation for being morons, but surely your gene pool isn't this shallow? Or is it only the pro-choice minority that is this stupid?
The Laughing Man
August 9th 2004, 01:22 AM
Okay, I just watched it. It's an animated, online Jack Chick-like tract for "choice." Actually, that's an insult to Jack Chick tracts.
August 9th 2004, 01:45 AM
Most Americans won't ever see that video, but I imagine that a sizable group of nimrods would be swayed by that video: the same people who go to Michael Moore and Bill Maher for political viewpoints.
August 9th 2004, 01:57 AM
Are they marketing to the under-twelve crowd, or what?
August 9th 2004, 02:47 AM
Sadly, you bring up a good point. This type of youth-friendly approach that Planned Parenthood takes is pretty sleazy.
August 9th 2004, 03:52 AM
Why would you expect murder merchants to do things that aren't sleazy and deceptive? I mean do you expect the mafia to have morals?
August 9th 2004, 06:33 AM
That was disturbing. The fact someone would actually spend time making it that is.
Ahh sweet freedom. It takes all kinds to make life interesting.
August 9th 2004, 09:41 AM
Hahaha how bizarre.
Look she's handing out condoms! Hahha it's so corny it's funny.
August 9th 2004, 10:31 AM
Abbey V. Gina!!?!??!??!?!
Also, John Kerry and Jonathan Edwards doing their little kung-fu thing was too much.
August 9th 2004, 12:57 PM
Well this definitely fits with the cultural wars motif.
I didn't think Choice Chick was that attractive. She seemed more or less geeky to me.
Of course, if the abortion debate was reframed to focus on the actual issues in dispute, the legal redefinition of when human personhood begins as well as a better clarification of what is an elective vs. non-elective abortion then I'm sure we could do more to prevent abortions with more bipartisan support and the issue wouldn't drag on forever in our politics and so we could consider other legal changes that also save lives.
From: user comments for "Which superhero would you see on Sunday?", posted 15 June 2006 on "Think Tankers" blog website (http://thinktankers.wordpress.com/2006/06/15/which-superhero-would-you-see-on-sunday/; viewed 15 June 2006):
[responding to link to "Holy Superheroes" article in Newsweek, coverdated 19 June 2006; which article, in turn, links to the "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters" webpage, which lists "Choice Chick"; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13249146/site/newsweek/]
I did not know that there was a Choice Chick, real name Dinah V. Gina. I am too afraid to google her and find out what her powers might be.
Dex - June 15, 2006
I lied - had to look it up.
From: "The religion of comic book characters" forum discussion, started 3 December 2006 on RPG.net website (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?s=9326f642dca06ede764bcd691814750c&t=299781; viewed 25 April 2007):
12-03-2006, 10:11 PM
Re: The religion of comic book characters
...There are even a number of non-religions listed, and I'm not talking about religions created for the comic book setting... I won't get into the liberal marxists, gypsy/roma ties, pro and con abortion rights activists, Alcoholics Anonymous, or anything else inappropriately listed as a religious affiliation...
From: "Religions of super heroes" forum discussion page started 14 August 2006 on "Wizard Universe" website (http://wizarduniverse.invisionzone.com/lofiversion/index.php/t1595.html; viewed 25 April 2007):
Aug 14 2006, 06:17 PM
...Since when is Communist, Liberal Marxist, "fair play", animal rights, mildly feminist, Alcoholics Anonymous, pro-abortion activist, Nazi, obsession with duality, and hates Spider-Man a religion???
From: "Comic Book Characters Listed by Religion" forum discussion started 7 March 2006 on "Truth and Beauty Bombs" website (http://www.truthandbeautybombs.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5569; viewed 10 May 2007):
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