Everything I Know About Life I Learned from the Powerpuff Girls
If the 'Powerpuff Girls' reboot is anything like the original, we're in.
Supergirl and Wonder Woman may be pretty badass heroines, but the superheroes I grew up with were decidedly cuter, smaller, but no less tough. I’m talking about the Powerpuff Girls. These pint-sized champions of justice were my first introduction to the concept of girl power, and while they may not have been traditional heroes, they still taught me some important lessons about friendship, ethics, and self-confidence.
As much as we tell kids that they should watch less TV, we have to admit that some of our early morals and attitudes were shaped thanks to our cartoon habits—and that’s not such a bad thing after all. My Powerpuff Girls habit taught me these valuable lessons that today shape the way I approach the world. (And here's hoping that next year's reboot is half as awesome as the original.)
1. It’s OK to be bossy sometimes.
One of the great things about this show was that its three female protagonists all had majorly different personalities, so it didn’t provide one single stereotype about girls and women in general. Buttercup, for one, showed young girls that it was OK if they were a little feisty or bossy at time. She may have been pegged as “the moody one” but she was still a great friend and a great superhero.
2. 'Sensitive' doesn't mean 'weak.'
Though the Powerpuff Girls were all depicted as young, Bubbles was portrayed as the baby of the group in a certain way, as she showed more emotions and acted more sensitively than the others—but that never prevented her from kicking serious butt. While most media equates emotions to weakness, The Powerpuff Girls turned that assumption on its head.
3. You can do anything you set your mind to.
Like all superhero shows, this series was based on some wildly fantastical assumptions. These girls were created as the result of a science experiment gone wrong (or right, depending on how you see it) and yet they used their power for good. They were little girls, but they could save the world if they wanted to. And they did.
4. It’s important to thank your parents.
Professor Utonium was a great example of good parenting—and while that example may not mean too much to kids, he still showed how hard parents work to do as much as they can for their children. As a single father, he also did traditionally “feminine” household jobs—and the show was sure to point that out.
5. Appearances can be deceiving.
The Powerpuff Girls was all about challenging assumptions, whether it came to the girls themselves, their foes, or even just the townspeople. Both Him and Mojo Jojo weren’t stereotypical-looking villains and the girls themselves didn’t look like the epitome of heroism. Not to mention, enemies like Femme Fatale and Sedusa ensured that there was also some female representation as far bad guys, too.
6. Sisterhood is the most important thing.
Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup fought a lot. Their personalities clashed and overall, they were very different people. But that didn’t mean that at the end of the day they could go to bed having forgiven each other and supported one another through it all