Anybody else remember this episode? In it, a female villain called Femme Fatale is stealing millions of dollars in Susan B. Anthony coins. Naturally, the Powerpuff Girls go to stop her. She then convinces them that men are all horrible because female superheroes aren’t as well known as male superheroes, even asking Blossom to name some to where her only answer is Wonder Woman.
They start acting bitter, refusing to do chores when the Professor asks and even telling the Mayor to save the town himself. Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keane talk to the girls and basically explain that being mean to guys won’t do anything and that isn’t the kind of message feminists should put out.
They proceed to beat up Femme Fatale while giving her a history lesson about Susan B. Anthony, the story where she voted and was found guilty because women couldn’t vote back then, but when the judge wanted to let her off easily because she was a woman, she forced them to take her to jail. The girls handle her and the lesson is that misandry will not stop misogny and we all should just respect each other.
And it fell on Tumblr’s deaf ears.
To the point where many among the sort of person depicted in this episode point out that Lauren Faust later regretted writing the episode. What they conveniently leave out is the fact that it was because of all the death threats she received from that sort of person.
HELLO CAN I CORRECT THE ORIGINAL POSTER:
It’s not about being mean to guys. That wasn’t the point. The point was that Femme Fatale used feminism as an excuse to commit heinous acts but when time came for her to take responsibility, she fell back on the abuses of power and position some women utilize as a result of patriarchal society, such as not taking responsibility for crimes ‘because she was a woman’ and ‘girls have to watch out for each other’ regardless of law.
Feminism isn’t a get-out-of-jail free card, nor is it an exclusive membership to some nepotistic society of women not taking responsibility for their actions.
Feminism is taking the good with the bad. It’s a right, not a privilege.
It’s the right of women to be considered threatening, to be seen as abusers, to be seen as criminals, to be seen as dangerous, rather than being seen as weak, helpless, and constantly victims.
It’s acknowledging that men and women ought to have equal power and should therefore be treated with the same justice.
If you refuse to take responsibility for your actions because you’re a woman, then you’re not a feminist.
That was the point. Not about how you treat men, whether you’re nice or not, but how you hold both men and women to the same standard of responsibility. How being a woman does not entitle you to protection from the law for committing crimes.