Parents, Don't Let Your Children Watch Powerpuff Girls or They'll be Communists

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Regular readers may notice that I've managed to already turn my three-year-old into a little Whovian, and thus may envy me that I get to watch Daleks and Cybermen with her rather than other children's fare. The sad truth is, though, that she calls just as equally for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. We've watched every single episode on Netflix streaming... twice.

In a desperate bid to not hear the name Pinkie Pie anymore, I noticed that Powerpuff Girls was also available for streaming. I bribed the little one, and then proceeded to once again follow an animated series from front to back.

And frankly, I really wish I hadn't done that because Powerpuff Girls is a terrible show to expose your children to.

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"But wait, With One F," you say sputtering with anger. "That's horse hockey. It's a trio of little girl superheroes. That's empowering right there!"

Let's set aside the fact that we have a girl superhero team for a bit here. My daughter has Dora and Kai-Lan and Abby Cadabby and Daphne Blake and a whole host of plucky young Miyazaki heroines to choose from. She associates the word "princess" with "sword-wielding adventuress." Her daycare provider teaches karate, and her mom does science while dad does the dishes. She's not so hard up for empowering figures that I'll allow just whatever.

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Besides, just how empowering are the Powerpuff Girls? No matter what happens they spend the entire run of the show at the beck and call of two male figures, Professor Utonium and the Mayor. Granted, they're in grade school and grade school girls should do what their dads tell them, but let's look at the other part of the coin.

The Mayor is a blithely ineffectual nincompoop who can't solve the slightest problem. Behind him is Ms. Sara Bellum, his assistant who is the real brains behind the Townsville government.

Ms. Bellum is probably the absolute worst figure you could expose a young girl to. You almost never see her real face. Instead she exists from the neck down as the Mayor's overly-sexualized ornament. She's a caricature of vivaciousness that sets up as laughable a body aesthetic as any Barbie Doll. Worse, Barbie in her CGI adventures looks way more normal than Bellum does.

While she may be effective, she remains weirdly hamstrung to the male authority of the Mayor. She refuses to assume command even when it's clearly needed, and in an alternate world where the Powerpuff Girls left Townsville she spends her old age muttering incoherently about him as the city crumbles around her. She's more than capable of handling issues, but without a man to tell her it's OK she snaps.

That episode ("Speed Demon"), by the way, is the one that really convinced me that the Powerpuff Girls was a really bad influence. Not because of Ms. Bellum, but because the show routinely teaches absolutely horrifying lessons.



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25 comments
AndersonMarques
AndersonMarques

Parents, don't let your children read this article or they'll be brainwashed feminists...

pinchy.snugles
pinchy.snugles

Listen hear don't you dare insult this show.

When my mom died this was all I had my

Mom died! I was 2-3 and I loved this show

Because there is no mom and who cares if

You don't like it don't watch it you tried to

Ruin the one thing I thought would never

Leave me - don't believe me look up Mary

Ann fields get over the show don't watch it let everybody else watch it nothing is wrong with the show! I don't care if you hate me I don't care speed demon ain't my fav episode but its still funny and watch rainy day and all your info is in season 2 so watch rainy day that's a good episode or just don't I don't care but don't insult power puff girls don't think I am a super freak it's just I get sensitive about this subject and can you please take down this. I would appreciate it. My dads 54 and mom is.., ya know. Anyways you are a horrible person

seanhonsa
seanhonsa

This is the stupidest thing i have ever read

Rodney Barnes
Rodney Barnes

Gimme a break. I watched Scooby-Doo and Huckleberry Hound for years when I was small and I hate cops and don't want to be a fireman.

kelly.d.switzer
kelly.d.switzer

We sing along to the Happy Happy Birthday song each morning on Sprout and yes, some of our fellow parents made questionable decisions when naming their spawn. None actually named Spawn...yet.

liquidsix
liquidsix

You read way too much into cartoons. No cartoon I've ever watched was an influence as a child mainly because my parents took the time to show me right from wrong.

Ev Fitzgerald
Ev Fitzgerald

Well I care to give my thoughts, though I could see obvious points of this article (ms bellums character) i also think that its being extremely exagarated. There are bad examples in every cartoons I see on CN or the Nickelodeon network that I think my 7 year old daughter should not be watching, but unfortunately in our society that is inevitable to control..? all I can do is try to explain what is right and what is wrong. So quite amusing to read this as I could relate to the concerned of what my daughter should or shouldn't watch and having watched the powerful girls as a child. I wished this would've ended with meaningful solution instead of a critizism.

Jerry Mcmahon
Jerry Mcmahon

Are you fucking serious right now people how you gonna ban a freakin cartoon ,wow!!!

Mark Tran
Mark Tran

The smurfs are communists too

Brian Arthur
Brian Arthur

She arose from the sea to take revenge for mankind's pollution, but immediately gets enslaved by a beach-side restaurant owner, and now she is a dishwasher.

Brian Arthur
Brian Arthur

It is all about the Fraggles at our house. Well also Yo Gabba Gabba and My Little Poney and Shawn The Sheep, and yes the Powerpuff Girls. Try Squid Girl for a really weird one.

Robert Robertson
Robert Robertson

thats crap. my son & i love ppg. comes on boomerang right after johnny bravo...

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I never considered this before. Do me a favor, eh, Mr. F? Stay the fig away from Cow and Chicken, huh?

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@Robert Robertson Well now that's just crazy talk

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Google, "Irony."

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@Jerry Mcmahon Yes... because I as a freelance pop culture journalist have the power to ban a cartoon show that isn't even being produced anymore. 

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@Mark Tran Socialist Men Under a Red Father!

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