By. Jacqueline Y.

Cartoons have became the staple of everyone's childhood. From television to the Internet, no child can escape the grip that cartoons have had on their psyche. Most people don't want to believe cartoons shape the way kids think and help form their personality, but they do. I know firsthand. I was born in 1998 when the Powerpuff Girls, Kim Possible, and Beauty and the Beast were around. These cartoons helped shape who I am today. These cartoons taught me important lessons that I use today, but cartoons today have something different to them that I never experienced when I was a kid.
Todays shows are like Steven Universe, Avatar: The Last Airbender, My Little Pony, and Gravity Falls. These shows have become the staple of this generation's kids, so are they good? These have a lot of things in common with the cartoons I grew up with. They're all fun and educational, but they just don't just have that. These shows take risks. At the end The Legend of Korra, we find out the main character is bisexual and in Steven Universe the character Garnet is a fusion of a gay couple (the characters are genderless, but use female pronouns). Even shows liked My Little Pony are breaking the wall of what people can call a girl showas plenty of men watch it.

This is why I believe that this generation has more exposure to real life than I ever had as a kid. Cartoons of today are starting to shape a new and more open generation.

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