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The cartoon the Smurfs has been around for years but people hardly ever look close enough to see some of the underlying messages It has always tried to express strong moral values by depicting acts of kindness and good deeds for one another These little creatures were cute and loveable Now that I am more educated and less naive I look back on that show only to find sexist messages The Smurfs have only one female character Smurfette which creates many subtle problems Smurfettes stereotypical physical characteristics personality and anonymity role in the Smurf community promote inaccurate stereotypes of females The very first time you see Smurfette and her physical features long blond flowing hair attractive dainty and always in a white dress with heels A person would immediately expect her to be feminine in actions and dialogue In the cartoon The Smurfs Smurfette always wears her hair down and when danger strikes she is forced to run in heels as a woman who knows the pain of heels I must say is this fair Smurfette was originally created by Gargamel the villain in order to catch the smurfs Right away we understand that her sole purpose is as a female to entice males This makes an impression on children Smurfettes tendency to worry and be silent create sexist messages For example in one episode she says to Papa Smurf Oh I dont know how you could sleep alright Ive been worried all night she was referring to the younger smurfs spending the night outside alone Because the writers choose Smurfette alone to have feelings of concern for childrens safety they give her stereotypical female characteristics In one show she silently stood facing the other smurfs next to Papa Smurf while he praised their group work ethic Because Smurfette does not stand within the group of other Smurfs those watching assume she actually does not fit into the groups as a whole and because Papa
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