In my previous blog post, I stated that the Powerpuff Girls was one of the of the most popular American animated TV programs of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. While it officially ending in March 2005, it continues to be loved by many. The show centers around three super powered sisters Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, who regularly fight the forces of evil in the City of Townsville. While the show centers around little girls fighting crime, and beating up villains, the Powerpuff Girls do have morals and ideology, a system of ideas and ideals, especially ones that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.
One of the many values that the Powerpuff Girls teach is about feminism. They were some of the first truly feminist super-heroines. The show helped make many young girls develop into the strong, socially conscious woman. The Powerpuff girls taught girls that girls, not just boys, can fight crime and that girls, not just boys, can save the world.
The show also teaches about humanism as well. Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively. In addition, it is a system of thought that centers on humans and their value, capacities and worth. Blossom displays this best, due to her being the most intelligent and well informed about the world. Blossom is very much as humanist, because Blossom heavily values the life and wellbeing of others.
There are several episodes that display humanism. In one episode in particular, Blossom develops a new power called “Ice Breath.” However, due to it being a new power she is forbidden from using this power by her father, due to the fact that he does not want her to hurt herself. Ironically, there is a major heatwave the very same day that her father tells no, and many of the people of Townsville suffer from heatstroke and dehydration. This bothers Blossom, but not wanting to defy her father, she cannot use her new power to help cool down civilians in Townsville. As the episode continues, Blossom assists the citizens as she can no longer stand the site of their suffering. This episode shows that blossoms value other people’s wellbeing over her own and would do anything to help them.
In another episode, an old super villain team, known as the The Ministry of Pain, returns to Townsville. By old I mean senior citizens. When the girls first come in contact with the super villain team, they are eager to stop them. Even though Blossom and her sister can take them down, Blossom commands her sisters to not touch them, due to the fact that that their muscles and bones are brittle and weak and they might injure them. Once, again, t Blossom proves that she cares for others, the good people in her world, and the bad as well. As the episode continues they find a somewhat gentler way to stop them.
Feminism is more than “Equal Rights” and humanism is bigger than us. Both are clearly depicted throughout the 6 seasons the Powerpuff Girls aired.