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.
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.