Mighty Red Pen

September 4, 2007

Stronger than a silent E

Filed under: Pop culture — mighty red pen @ 8:04 pm

MRP was raised in the era of Letterman, but it’s exciting to know that there are new nerdy superheroes — or, in this case, superheroines — to enthrall the mighty red crayons of today.

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WordGirl, which premieres on September 7, is apparently something like Letterman-meets-Wonder Woman (another MRP idol, so what?). The target audience is 4- to 9-year-olds who might be playing Barbie instead of engaged in more worthwhile activities such as building their vocabularies.

It follows the adventures of fifth grader Becky Botsford who — stay with me — evidently arrived on earth when her spaceship crashed landed here. Her sidekick is a monkey named Captain Huggy Face and she battles villains like the Butcher (“a crook who ‘butchers’ the English language.”) It is her “love of vocabulary that helps WordGirl save the day in her never-ending battle for truth, justice, and use of the right word.”

 So MRP says: Barbie who?

7 Comments »

  1. I can’t decide if I love this more because it’s about vocabulary…or because they named the monkey Captain Huggy Face.

    Comment by Beth — September 5, 2007 @ 9:35 am | Reply

  2. I would not have believed you if it were not for the link. PBS generally airs quality children’s programing.

    There is nothing wrong with Barbie dolls, they require imagination and many toys nowadays do not. Barbie is also a career woman. Besides as the mother of two young boys I cannot imagine you have much call for Barbie dolls in your house.

    Comment by Molie — September 5, 2007 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

  3. Molie, Are you suggesting that WordGirl is not quality programming??

    Yes, Barbie is a career woman with huge breasts, an impossibly tiny waist, and feet permanently tip toed to fit into her stiletto heels. That’s great for promoting positive body image — if you’re Pamela Anderson and you look just like that.

    But other than that, I actually agree with you about the fact that it requires some imagination to play with a Barbie doll. Not that MRP would know anything about that . . . quick, hide my Malibu Barbie . . .

    Comment by mightyredpen — September 5, 2007 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  4. Also, boys can like Barbie . . .I’m just sayin’ . . .

    Comment by mightyredpen — September 6, 2007 @ 7:44 am | Reply

  5. Speaking from experience, boys enjoy disrupting the play of girls with their Barbies. I’ll watch this show, for sure.

    Comment by Helen's Dad — September 6, 2007 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  6. Since I have never watched Word Girl I cannot speak to it’s quality. As I said PBS generally airs quality children’s shows so I can’t imagine why this would be any different.

    You’re thinking like an adult. When you were a young girl playing with your Barbie’s did you really ever give a second thought to the size of her breasts or waist? I sure didn’t. Although her feet did bug me.

    I never said boys don’t like them, I said there probably wasn’t much call which leaves some wiggle room.😛

    Hello Helen’s Dad!

    Comment by Molie — September 6, 2007 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

  7. Yes, Molie, none of your childhood play experiences affect your adult years. Why, you would hardly know this, but I used to play with my friends’ Ken dolls, adorning them with the finest spicy ladies’ shirts.

    Comment by Helen's Dad — September 9, 2007 @ 2:25 pm | Reply


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