Feminist Fatale: an essential lesson in feminism from the Powerpuff Girls

Feminist Fatale: an essential lesson in feminism from the Powerpuff Girls

Meet Femme Fatale.

She's a feminist. But a really mean one.

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She steals money from banks. (Check out her gun.)

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But she doesn't steal all kinds of money. She doesn't want currency that has men on it.

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She wants coins with Susan B Anthony on them.

Lots of coins.

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And that's why we're glad we have the Powerpuff Girls to save us from her.

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But wait, she has some questions for the Girls.

"You girls protect your city as well as Batman and Superman protect theirs. But do you have your own movie?"

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"Villainy too is a male-dominated field. Sending me to jail will be a blow to all womankind. Including you. There's only one female super-villain in town."

"We girls gotta look out for each other."

Does that argument sounds familiar?

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The Powerpuff Girls are now angry at all the men who treat them badly. So they let Femme Fatale go.

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And that's how Femme Fatale goes back to stealing Susan B Anthony coins.

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Lots and lots of them.

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And the Girls do nothing to stop her.

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And the Girls are so angry, they're even mean to the boys in school.

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And they're mean to their father because he asks them to clean their room.

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They're even mean to the mayor and make him cry.

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So Ms Keane and Ms Bellum stage an intervention.

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"You're right about one thing," Ms Bellum tells the girls. "There is injustice in the world."

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"But that's why we need you to protect the rights of everyone."

The girls begin to understand. That good feminism must be fair to everyone.

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So the girls go out to meet Femme Fatale.

She says, "Hey girls, hear you've been kicking some male butt. Good for you."

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But the Girls aren't falling for this.

They tell her: "Susan B Anthony didn't want special treatment. She just wanted to be treated equally."

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"She demanded that she be sent to jail like any man who broke the law."

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"And that's what we'll do to you."

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So the Girls kick Femme Fatale's butt and put her in jail.

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And the day is saved. Thanks to the Powerpuff Girls.

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Thank you girls. In the most trying of times, for showing us good feminism from bad.

Incidentally, the Powerpuff Girls are coming back. Here's the trailer to their next season:

Don't Call Me Princess from Cartoon Network PR on Vimeo.

Sneha Vakharia

Sneha Vakharia @sneha_vakharia