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Children’s cartoons are growing increasingly nuanced in the twenty-first century. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018) is an animated television series targeted towards young girls that includes themes of ecocriticism and feminism. The show does this by introducing cyborg, or hybrid, characters. My research explores how cyborg identities in children’s media and their feminist, ecocritical meanings in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The cyborg, as a feminist mythic hero, breaks down binaries and recodes communication between opposing forces. The She-Ra is filled with characters that inhabit multiple identities. The main character, Adora, identifies as both a former Evil Horde soldier and a member of the Princess Rebellion. Other characters and creatures inhabit identities between biological and mechanical or human and animal. By analyzing these hybrid characters, a conclusion about how children’s cartoons can handle hybridized identities is discovered. By creating cyborgs and hybrids, the show She-Ra and the Princesses of Power can help children watching the show come to terms with their own hybrid identities in a technological world.
animation; cartoons; children's media; cyborg; Masters of the Universe; pop culture
Arts and Humanities | Environmental Sciences | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Warso, Sarah, "Hybridity, Ecocriticism, and Feminist Perspectives in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" (2021). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4321.
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