Powerpuff Girls: Feminist and Cute

I’ve been watching on YouTube, the channel feminist frequency. In particular, the video series: “Tropes vs. Women”. In video 6, they discuss the ‘Straw Feminist’. A common faux feminist character in TV and movies who claim they are feminist but are written to be so vile, emasculating and hateful, they make all feminists appear to be this way, thereby, discrediting feminism.

One show they used as evidence was “The Powerpuff Girls”. The episode: ‘Equal Fights’ in 2001. It had a villain called Femme Fatale who committed crimes in the name of feminism. She does bring up some major arguments about feminism, but since the city of Townsville (the fictional city in the show) is a haven of equality, she looks ridiculous.

But in real life, we do not live in an equal society and women do face discrimination just for being identified as women.

The problem I had with the analyses here was that it never mentioned the surprise ending that was extremely feminist and encouraging. Especially since this was a popular kids TV show that retains has a large fan base even now.

When Femme Fatale does finally get caught. She immediately falls into the argument that since she’s a woman her punishment (jail time) should be lessened. But then Blossom (leader of the Powerpuff girls, the one in pink) says that when first wave feminist Susan B. Anthony was imprisoned for protesting, she was offered a lesser jail sentence due to her being a woman. Susan said that if she wanted true equality, than she would also be punished equally to a man. Therefore, if Femme Fatale was a real feminist, she would take the same punishment as everyone else, regardless of gender or sex.

The Powerpuff girls: feminism in cute, cartoon super heroines!

It costs a lot to be a broke student!

Damn! I decided after spending the last 2 years living and learning in England, that I really needed to go back to Canada because I can’t afford to go to university here anymore. My other half is moving to Canada with me so never again the long distance relationship crap.

I have applied to some universities in Ontario, but holy crap! It cost over $300 just to submit an application! And an extra $12 for every transcript request! It seems strange that the key compromise of the student life is that you will likely be fairly poor during your years in school. Not to mention, have quite a bit of student debt afterward. Governments don’t seem to account for this in their fees.

And yet, it’s significantly less to deal with financially compared to England. Here the fees for an international student are £10 000 a year! At first it was horrible to be so severely gouged just for being a foreigner, but now it costs £9000 a year for UK students.

It does feel as though governments and bureaucracies want anyone without money to be unable to better themselves through school. And to have this option only open to those who already have money. It’s like living in a third world country in this respect, especially here in England. There are no more middle class. It’s all upper class, working class or lower.

I’m not saying that this issue with university can compare to the outright poverty in true third world countries. It’s just that this does seem to be a step in the wrong direction. To make it more difficult for the population to raise themselves up through education. My parents are from third world countries and these sorts of issues is why they left to move to Canada.

But it seems we have little say at the moment.