5 Ways the "Powerpuff Girls" Reboot Still Celebrates Feminism and Girl Power
Nearly 20 years ago, the "Powerpuff Girls" made its debut championing a new wave of feminism for millennial children with three bold kindergartners: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup.
Together they saved their town with their superpowers, intelligence, and celebration of girl power. The original "Powerpuff Girls" aired on Cartoon Network between 1998 and 2005. Critics note that the show demonstrated how young women could enjoy feminism while still breaking down patriarchy.
Now, after 11 years of being off air, the hit series is back for a reboot on Cartoon Network. The season premiere aired on Monday night.
We've highlighted five reasons why the new series still celebrates feminism and girl power:
1. Buttercup has the perfect response to a man who thinks Townsville just isn’t manly enough
Buttercup kicks off the season by challenging a man who says he needs to restore the town to its "manly roots." She throws just #LikeAGirl, with sass, strength, and smarts.
2. There's another all-girl group in Townsville
The new series features the "Derbytantes," an all-girl skate crew who never take off their roller skates and enjoy frequent pizza breaks. Buttercup introduces Bubbles and Blossom to her new Derbytante friends and they all unite to help fight crime, bringing peace to Townsville. Can we all say totally awesome?
3. Crushing the patriarchy could be a central theme throughout the new series
Critics are noting the reboot may be even more conscious of its feminism and could promise deliberate engagement with feminist themes. "The first two episodes barely feature any masculine presence or intervention, while Buttercup's personal reckoning with gender norms and identity takes up considerable space in the premiere," writes entertainment correspondent Amy Zimmerman.
4. "Once again the day is saved by the Powerpuff Girls"
The series features a brand new punk theme song by Tacocat, a feminist pop punk quartet from Seattle. The song features empowering lyrics and you can make no mistake about who holds things together in Townsville.
5. There's girl power behind the scenes too
According to executive producers Bob Boyle and Nick Jennings, women make up between 50 and 65 percent of the crew on the new series. "If you're working with just white males, it's easy to fall into putting that type of character into the cartoon, but that's not reflective of the world or our audience these days," Jennings said in an interview.
We're excited to continue watching the new series and also thrilled with the message that anyone has the power to be a "Powerpuff Girl," even you.
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