“They’re just friends who share a flat! And a bedroom! And have been together and happy with one another for 30 years!” said Gareth, who is totally all for gay marriage but wants to avoid at all costs presenting the idea to children in any way shape or form whatsoever, because that’s bringing politics into children’s innocent lives, you see. It’s not that he has a problem with gay people or gay marriage at all, perish the thought, he’s just concerned about politicizing these poor innocent children watching TV.
Pointless Letters has reached out for comment, asking if Gareth would put the same restriction on Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Betty and Barney Rubble, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, George and Judy Jetson, Homer and Marge Simpson, Cosmo and Wanda or Peter and Lois Griffin. We’ll let you know what he says.
Let’s all raise a glass to the innovative animated ladies out there.
Although the world of cartoons is only limited by the imagination, many series struggle when it comes to portraying interesting women. Early cartoons offered one-dimensional characters that fulfilled gender role cliches: Think of The Flintstones’ Wilma and Betty, Scooby Doo’s Daphne and Velma or The Rugrats’ Angelica. They’re all either domestic sidekicks or overbearing nags. More recently, cartoon creators have helped remedy the debacle with the girl power of Kim Possible and The Powerpuff Girls.
But this past year, the countesses of cartoons finally got the complexity they deserve. We’re inching toward a larger gamut of female protagonists who better represent the multiplicity of womanhood. Thanks to shows like Sailor Moon Crystal, Bob’s Burgers and The Legend of Korra, female cartoons this year were more subversive than ever, cutting down stereotypes left and right.