Is This Cartoon Character Expressive of Feminism and Gender Non-Conformity?

Ed. Note: This video and blurb were submitted to us by Lisa Romagnoli, Associate Producer for the PBS Idea Channel. 


The Blurb:

Yes he’s a video game system, but she is so much more than that!! BMO from the fantastic show Adventure Time identifies as both male and female, and because of that expresses the ideals of Third Wave Feminism!! Third Wave Feminism questions if gender is actually binary, tied to our biological sex. Is our understanding of masculinity and femininity fair, or even ACCURATE? Of course, BMO has no biological gender, so there’s no cultural expectations that anchors her (him?) down. But it all seems a non-issue in the Adventure Time world. What do you think, is BMO male or female? Or does it even matter? Watch the episode to find out!


What do you think? Is BMO the answer to cries for gender non-conforming representation in children’s shows?


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