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There's no one perfect girl: Third wave feminism and The Powerpuff Girls

Kendal, Evie 2012, There's no one perfect girl: Third wave feminism and The Powerpuff Girls, Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique, no. 24, pp. 234-252, doi: 10.4225/03/59227ceba9a25.

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Title There's no one perfect girl: Third wave feminism and The Powerpuff Girls
Formatted title  There's no one perfect girl: Third wave feminism and The Powerpuff Girls
Author(s) Kendal, EvieORCID iD for Kendal, Evie orcid.org/0000-0002-8414-0427
Journal name Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique
Issue number 24
Start page 234
End page 252
Total pages 19
Publisher Monash University
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 1447-0950
Keyword(s) The Powerpuff Girls
feminism
second wave feminism
third wave feminism
television studies
cultural studies
superheroes
Summary The popular children’s television series, The Powerpuff Girls, was originally conceived by animator Craig McCracken under the name The Whoopass Girls in 1992. Following a name change and three alternative pilot episodes, the series was picked up by the Cartoon Network and ran from 1995 through to 2005. During this time the show won several awards, including two Primetime Emmy awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (2000 and 2005), and two Annie awards for Production Design and Musical Score in an Animated Series (2001). In this article I will be exploring The Powerpuff Girls from a feminist perspective, focusing on what is unique about this series and where it is positioned in popular media culture, before addressing some of the common criticisms of the show and identifying some of its major strengths. It will be my contention that The Powerpuff Girls embraces third-wave feminist ideology, with its focus on “Girl Power” and consumerism, while also abandoning the more individualistic aspects of this brand of feminism by exploring the meaning of sisterhood and female empowerment through community.
Language eng
DOI 10.4225/03/59227ceba9a25
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HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Monash University
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30110343

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