Have any FP readers seen SheZow? I came across a description of this animated kids show today and it looked fascinating for raising questions of gender and identity in the context of super heroes fighting crime. I mean, if we can turn into crime fighting spiders why must gender be fixed?
Here’s the IMDB description:
“Twelve year old, Guy Hamdon accidentally becomes a superhero, but the ring that gives him his powers was only meant to be worn by a woman. So whenever there’s danger, Guy transforms into SheZow, a kick-ass female superhero with big hair, high heels and a beautility belt that houses various super weapons concealed inside feminine products like laser lipstick and vanishing cream. Guy’s aunt Agnes was secretly SheZow for years, until she died. Then Guy’s family inherited her home. In the basement, Guy found her secret lair and her power ring. Well, actually his twin sister Kelly found the ring and was about to put it on, when Guy snatched it from her and and put it on, as a joke. But once on Guy’s finger, the ring was stuck and he will forever be SheZow, a powerful superhero with super strength, super speed and a 6th sense called She-S-P. Guy would rather not wear pink spandex and a tight skirt, but it seems a small price to pay for such she-mendous super powers.”
Wikipedia tells me this: “Shezow is an Australian-Canadian animated television series created by Obie Scott Wade, which began airing on Network Ten on 15 December 2012, and will run for 26 episodes. Aimed at kids 6-11 years-old, the series is produced by Moody Street Kids and Kickstart Productions.”
Anyway, I’m curious. If you’ve seen it, let us know what it’s like. If not, and you’ve got kids, or a research interest in kids, popular culture and gender, it looks worth tracking down. Wikipedia and the ad below seem to disagree about the intended audience age. I wonder if that’s country specific.