girl to know: penny from inspector gadget

girl to know: penny from inspector gadget

penny from inspector gadget

yes, she is fictitious but she is amazing and her gadgets are THE BEST.

when I was a kid, inspector gadget was one of the very few parent-approved tv shows I was allowed to watch. I was probably about 7 or 8 when my mum said, ‘I think you’ll like this show.’ and I did. because of penny.

penny was the niece of inspector gadget, an accident-prone detective cyborg (so weird when I write it out like that).

each episode of the french-canadian produced cartoon centred around the mishaps her uncle encountered as he tried to solve a crime.

while inspector gadget was bumbling through crime scenes, penny and her sidekick, a dog called brain, were quietly saving the day with the help of her gadgets — a computer book and watch, which were basically a super fancy tablet and apple watch (but with a laser) a couple of decades before they were invented.

I spent many an after-school arvo pretending to be penny, marching around the backyard with a blue book in my bag, imagining it was my satchel and computer. as a little girl it was so great to watch a cartoon showing another little girl (with the same hairstyle!) as the strong, capable character.

oh, also, the inspector always took credit for things working out, but the viewer knew it was really penny and brain’s doing. sadly satisfying.

penny from inspector gadget

while I was googling/reminiscing about penny, I discovered that she was voiced by cree summer, an afro-canadian actor. I think the show would have been even more awesome had penny looked more like cree. (yes please to a remake with this.)

bron x

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welcome to sfr, a blog about being a girl

welcome to sfr, a blog about being a girl

welcome to something for rose.

last week donald trump was made president-elect of the united states. I’m deeply saddened by this on a number of levels. and I guess my answer to this disappointment is to make something that affirms what I believe in. in the face of something ugly, I’d like to make something beautiful.

so I’ve created this blog to record and curate things I’d like to share today, or one day, with my daughter, rose. she’s four.

she often asks me what I liked, or what I felt like when I was her age. things like, ‘were you nervous when you started school?’ or ‘did you like princesses when you were little?’ and ‘did you love your mum so much too?’ (my answers: no, yes and yes).

it’s also a place for me to share things I loved when I was growing up, or that, if I had a time machine, I’d show my younger self. things and ideas that are interesting, beautiful, pro-girl and fun.

there are so many ways to be a girl, and being female is awesome. I hope rose always feels that way too.

if you know of any wonderful books, products, ideas etc I could share with rose, please drop me a line at: somethingforrose@gmail.com

bron x