August 9, 2013
The Banal, Insidious Sexism of Smurfette

In The Smurfs 2, there are a lot of Smurfs. And they all have names based on their unique qualities. According to the cast list, the male ones are Papa, Grouchy, Clumsy, Vanity, Narrator, Brainy, Handy, Gutsy, Hefty, Panicky, Farmer, Greedy, Party Planner, Jokey, Smooth, Baker, Passive-Aggressive, Clueless, Social, and Crazy. And the female one is Smurfette—because being female is enough for her. There is no boy Smurf whose identifying quality is his gender, of course, because that would seem hopelessly limited and boring as a character.
These characters, originating as they did in mid-century Europe, exhibit the quaint sexism in which boys or men are generic people—with their unique qualities and abilities—while girls and women are primarily identified by their femininity.
Read more. [Image: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation]

The Banal, Insidious Sexism of Smurfette

In The Smurfs 2, there are a lot of Smurfs. And they all have names based on their unique qualities. According to the cast list, the male ones are Papa, Grouchy, Clumsy, Vanity, Narrator, Brainy, Handy, Gutsy, Hefty, Panicky, Farmer, Greedy, Party Planner, Jokey, Smooth, Baker, Passive-Aggressive, Clueless, Social, and Crazy. And the female one is Smurfette—because being female is enough for her. There is no boy Smurf whose identifying quality is his gender, of course, because that would seem hopelessly limited and boring as a character.

These characters, originating as they did in mid-century Europe, exhibit the quaint sexism in which boys or men are generic people—with their unique qualities and abilities—while girls and women are primarily identified by their femininity.

Read more. [Image: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation]

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    and its so much worse in the second movie
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    I think you’re missing a vital point here. The Smurfs are French. They originated in France. They are also a socialist...
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