Thursday, August 14, 2014
Pokemon makes Bio majors, and Wishbone makes English majors.
Just about every biology major I knew in college remembers Pokemon fondly. While people who loved Wishbone ended up in the humanities. I have always found that concept interesting.
Whether the exposure the Pokemon causes people's interest in real world animals, or if possibly they're already inclined and therefore seek things like Pokemon out, it's undeniable that children's media has a huge impact on individuals the children will become. For me personally, I loved both Pokemon and Wishbone, I ended up graduating with a major in English and minors in Biology and Theater.
So today I would like to talk about three pieces of children's television that I think had the biggest effect on me, and why.
The Powerpuff Girls: For me this isn't the whole show as much as one particular episode. "Equal Fights" is an episode that involves a woman villain called Femme Fatale who only steal Susan B. Anthony coins. She convinces the Powerpuff girls to not arrest her under the umbrella of feminism. The Powerpuff girls go through a period where they oppress men, again under the umbrella of feminism, before eventually explaining the story of Susan B. Anthony in the most brutal way possible. Enforcing upon a young me that feminism could go wrong, you can oppress men, and real feminism is about the taking the good with the bad in terms of equal rights.
I am hugely grateful to the creators of these shows. I'm sure they are a large part of why I see the world in the way that I do. As the next generations starts to appear in my life I know what I want to share with them, what I view as valuable lessons and valuable lesson vehicles. In part it's all thanks to a group of people who like to draw cartoons.
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