Should We Tell Our Daughters to Hate Men?

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I like to watch the trending articles on Facebook.  Occasionally I see some interesting things.  Yesterday, however, I saw something that was more troubling than interesting: The Powerpuff Girls are returning to Cartoon Network in 2016.

Why is this troubling, you ask?  Isn’t it just another kids’ show?

I’m glad you asked.  And for the record, no, it isn’t.

As a matter of fact, I’d go so far as to say that no show is “just another kids’ show.”  There’s no such thing as “just another movie”, “just another show” or “just another song.”  Everything has a message.  It may not be an agenda, and it may not be methodical, but there is always a message, some worldview that the filmmakers and songwriters reveal.  In this case, however, I believe it is intentional.  Unquestionably so.  Let’s take a look at some of the show’s core elements.

To start with, you have to understand that this was not developed originally as a kids’ show.  It was originally developed in 1992 as a show called Whoopass Stew (hardly family friendly), and was later adapted into The Powerpuff Girls.  This is important not just because of the name, but because of the timing.  We tend to think that shows get worse as time goes on, but that’s not always the case.  I would argue that the shows of the early ’00s, and even the later ’90s, and even more so with animated films, were more appropriate than the late ’80s and early ’90s.  The reason is that these shows came right on the tail of radical feminism, some of them telling our daughters that not only do they not need men, but that men are inherently evil.  This was done many different ways in entertainment, the most prominent being the portrayal of fathers in media as moronic and irresponsible buffoons, and young men as nothing more than animalistic sexual predators.

In the case of Powerpuff Girls, these elements are so blatantly obvious that it shocks me how many have overlooked them.  Let’s start with some basic plot elements:

  • The girls are the superheroes.
  • A comparable trio of boys in the show are villains, known as The Rowdyruff Boys.
  • The primary villain, Mojo Jojo, is responsible for the creation of this male trio.
  • The pure evil villain of the show is a devil known simply as Him.

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These are simply elements you might find in a synopsis of the show, not to mention individual plot elements.  There’s no doubt about it.  This show exists to tell girls that men are worthless, evil even, and that women alone can be trusted and empowered.

First, let me be clear that I am in no way condoning men who do create heinous acts against women.  There are fathers who are buffoons.  There are young men (and older men) who are sexual predators.  But a blanket statement of this is not true.  It also undermines man’s God-given place in the home as the leader.  Exposing our daughters to this will only reinforce modern culture’s sentiment that men are evil.  A woman does not need a man to be valuable.  We should teach our daughters that their value is not determined by romantic interest from another guy.  But neither should we teach them that men are inherently wicked, which is what this show is getting at.

Do yourself and your kids a favor.  Turn off the TV when this comes on.  You won’t regret it.

Logan Judy
Logan Judy is a Christian blogger and science fiction author with a Batman complex. At Cross Culture, Logan writes about film, comics, cultural analysis, and whatever else strikes his fancy. In addition to his work at Cross Culture, Logan also blogs and podcasts at A Clear Lens. You can find him tweeting about Batman, apologetics, and why llamas will one day rule the world, @loganrjudy.
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8 thoughts on “Should We Tell Our Daughters to Hate Men?

  1. You’re being incredibly paranoid. It’s a kids show. I don’t see how having males as the villains and females as the heroes automagically means that this show hates men.

    • Hi and thanks for commenting.

      If you’ll read through my post again, you’ll see that it’s not only the gender of the characters. There’s much more to it than that. In particular, the biggest piece of evidence is that the demon character is named Him. The males by and large being villains, however, is important to the idea of the show as a whole. The show basically consists almost entirely of women beating up men. It may not be the exact same thing every episode, but there certainly is a trend of that in this show.

    • Coming from a Biblical perspective dictates this view of the home. Consider especially Ephesians 5:22-24 and 1 Cor. 11:3.

  2. There are female villains in the show as well, such as Sedusa, Princess Morbucks, Mary Ann Smith, The Powerpunk Girls, and most notably Femme Fatale: who is “a bank robber and master thief who cons the Powerpuff Girls into being against males so she can continue to rob banks. She steals only Susan B. Anthony coins since all other current denominations have men on them. She, at the end of the episode “Equal Fights” (also her premiere episode), is promptly beaten up and taken to jail after the Girls tell her who the suffragist Susan B. Anthony was. Unfortunately, after this, she is not ever mentioned or referenced again. It is never stated why Femme hates men; one theory is that she was badly mistreated by her boyfriend/husband, and it caused her great emotional discomfort. ”

    Here’s another quote about Femme Fatale from the villains wiki “Femme Fatale is a very malicious and cruel misandrist who manages to convince the Powerpuff Girls to turn against all men. She used her speech to continue her crimes. While she does hate men, she seems to show sheer disrespect to other women despite her lie to the girls and her ultra-female’s lib costume, as she stole Susan B. Anthony coins from a female bank president, broke the arm of a policewoman, and copied the hairstyle of a teenage girl. She takes sadistic pleasure in attacking anyone who tries to stop her, both male and female.”

    I’m sorry about the textwalls, by the way.

    • That’s interesting. I definitely have thought that there’s a radical feminist bent to the show, but I haven’t seen that episode specifically. That would be an interesting watch.

  3. Totally failed to mention that the girls are raised and created by The Professor, a father – like figure who loves and guides the girls throughout the series.

  4. BRAVO!

    FINALLY someone pointed out what PPG really is! What I’ve been saying, especially in regard to the Rowdyruff boys for years.

    Now, let me say I don’t agree with everything this reviewer says. I am a fan of the show. I am glad it’s actually returning, if in fact it is. I don’t really even think kids will be influenced much–in fact, most kids and (grownups) just don’t seem to get the “messages” in this show.

    There are a lot of other elements that are anti-male biased, such as the Mayor-Miss Bellum pairing. But back in the late-ninties, early 2000s, it was the Rowdyruff Boys that were all the rage. They were three very (unintenionally) popular characters that had loads of fanfics written about them, msotly with them as the good guys, and loads of sites dedicated to them. It was obvious to me that pretty much the whole reason the RRB were created was to bash males. Fans didn’t see this though, and wondered why the RRB were evil at all, and were killed off in their first episode. Fans kept wondering why the RRB didn’t have their spinoff series and merchandising.

    Meanwhile the creators,seemed to ignore the RRB popularity, as though they regretted creating them, and prefered to pretend they didn’t exist. After Craig McCrakcen (the show’s creator) left though, the writers brought the Rowdyruff Boys back, but made them at least as evil as they were before. Fans of the show still didn’t see why.

    It’s completelytrue that they had a character named Femme Fatale late in the series, whose sole purpose seemed to be to show that there is such a thing as taking feminism too far. And Princess Morbucks showed up soon after the RRB, indicating the McCracken may have realized he’d made an error in villainizing the PPG’a male counterparts.. And some of the satire on this show is rather well done.

    Nonetheless, satire it is. The show is satured with PC gender bias. The wrting has always been highly political, and it’s high time someone pointed this out.

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