'Steven Universe' Beautifully Blends A Child-Friendly Plot With Human Rights Education

'Steven Universe' Beautifully Blends A Child-Friendly Plot With Human Rights Education

This show is an absolute must-watch for people of all ages.


'Steven Universe' is a children's television show about a young boy named Steven and three female alien characters, Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst, also known the Crystal Gems, that work together to keep the Earth safe from gems that want to destroy the planet. The leader of the Crystal Gems is named Garnet, who is a fusion of a Ruby and Sapphire gem that is in a lesbian relationship. Their love is the backbone of one of the most important and interesting storylines because it completely changes the audience's view of gem fusion. Typically, two gems would fuse and form a new gem for strategic purposes in battle and then separate when the fight was over, but Garnet decided to stay as a fusion because of how much Ruby and Sapphire love each other. Garnet became a representation of their relationship and this stirred up a lot of anger and disgust in the gem community. Other gems would tell them that it is unnatural to stay fused for so long and that it made them uncomfortable to see them fused, which is a direct parallel to the real world and how LGBTQ+ people are treated.

Despite the struggles that Garnet has been through, 'Steven Universe' makes a point of having her character and all of her loved ones explain to the world that there is nothing wrong with her fusion. She is simply made of love and that same love is what makes her one of the strongest gems. This is a wonderful message to show children because it not only teaches them that there is nothing abnormal about being gay, but it also shows any gay child watching the television show that their feelings are not anything to be ashamed of because it makes them the fierce individuals that they are.

The idea of fusion is also used in 'Steven Universe' to educate children about consent and abuse. These two topics are typically seen as too heavy to discuss with children, but 'Steven Universe' tackles them in a way that is completely age appropriate while still getting the point across. In the show, Steven is taught that the most crucial step prior to fusing with another gem is to make sure that they are giving you their consent to fuse. Even though fusing is not the same thing as sex, it is still a deeply personal experience that requires trust and respect. On multiple occasions in 'Steven Universe,' the audience sees Jasper, an enemy of the Crystal Gems, force gems to fuse with her as they desperately try to escape. The analogy of Jasper's actions to rape is clear, and presenting those situations to children provides the foundation for loved ones to discuss with them in depth why Jasper's behavior was unacceptable.

'Steven Universe' makes a point of shining a light on mental health as well. Every single main character has their own traumas that haunt them, such as Amethyst feeling inadequate because of constantly being put down, Pearl being rejected by the love of her life despite sacrificing everything for her, and Steven carrying the burden of believing he is responsible for his mother's death. As the show progresses, the audience is able to see how each character accepts their pasts and mistakes and moves on from them.

The most impactful episode in regards to mental health, in my opinion, is 'Mindful Education' because of how it offers a mechanism for coping with anxiety. In the episode, Garnet comes to the aid of Stevonnie, the fusion between Steven and his friend Connie, because they have both been struggling with the anxiety that resulted from the guilt of their mistakes. Garnet teaches Stevonnie how to meditate and not let their thoughts consume them. The song that came out of this episode, appropriately named 'Here Comes a Thought,' goes on to show Garnet telling Stevonnie to not be afraid to rely on their friends and family for comfort and support when dealing with their anxieties. It is a crucial lesson for children to be made aware that their mental health deserves just as much attention as their physical health because it can prevent them from ever stigmatizing mental illness.

I highly recommend this show to everyone and anyone, no matter your age, because not only is there an interesting plot, beautiful art style, and catchy songs, but there are also relevant issues intertwined with each episode that makes the viewing experience that much more enjoyable.

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43 SpongeBob Quotes To Use In Everyday Conversation

No context needed. We all remember these SpongeBob quotes.

SpongeBob quotes are so universal that they never get old. That's because "SpongeBob SquarePants" is the one TV show that we are all guilty of watching and have absolutely no regrets every time we turn it on.

Most of us are no longer children, which is why our parents sometimes get that confused look on their faces when they see us watching "SpongeBob SquarePants." But you know what? "SpongeBob" is by far one of the funniest shows of our generation and the characters are some of the greatest. The best part about "SpongeBob," without a doubt, is the iconic quotes that we all still use in our daily language. With too many to count, here are some favorite "SpongeBob" quotes, from ones that all fans should know, to ones we use every day.

1. “Firmly grasp it in your hand.”

2. “Ha ha ha ha, it’s a giraffe.”

3. “CHOCOLATE!!!!”

4. “Well, it’s no secret that the best thing about a secret is secretly telling someone your secret, thereby, secretly adding another secret to their secret collection of secret, secretly.”

5. “Do you smell it? That smell, the kind of smelly smell. A smelly smell that smells... smelly.”

6. “Patrick, I don’t think Wumbo is a real word.”

"Come on. You know, I wumbo, you wumbo, he/she/me wumbo. Wombology, the study of wumbo! It’s first grade Spongebob!”

7. "I don't get it. I made my house a mess, which was making it clean, which made Squidward clean my yard, but that really means he's messing it up. But the opposite of clean is filth, which means filth is clean, that means Squidward is really making my yard a wreck, but I normally wreck my own yard which means, Squidward is being the opposite of Squidward which means he's Spongebob!"

8. “Is Mayonnaise an instrument?”

9. “F is for fire that burns down the whole town, U is for Uranium…bombs! N is for no survivors!”

10. “You don’t need a license to drive a sandwich.”

11. “The best time to wear a striped sweater…is all the time.”

12. “Once there was an ugly barnacle. He was so ugly that everyone died… the end.”

13. “My leg!”

14. “It took three days to make that potato salad…three days!!!”

15. “Can I be excused for the rest of my life?”

16. "Can I get some extra salt?"

“We're all out.”

Could you check?”


17. "Patrick, you're a genius!"

"Yeah, I get called that a lot."

"What? A genius?"

"No, Patrick."

18. "Oh, these aren't homemade. They were made in a factory... a bomb factory. They're bombs."

19. “You just CAN'T WAIT for me to die, can you?”

20. “Do instruments of torture count?”

21. “Hello, we’re with the pet hospital down the street, and I understand you have a dying animal on the premises."

22. “Hey Patrick, I thought of something funnier than 24… 25!”

23. “We should take Bikini Bottom and push it somewhere else!”

24. "Is this the Krusty Krab?"

"No! This is Patrick!"

25. “The Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza for you and me.”

26. “This is a load of barnacles…”

27. “Now he’s gonna kick my butt!”

28. "This is not your average, everyday darkness. This is... ADVANCED darkness."

29. “Too bad Spongebob isn't here to enjoy Spongebob not being here.”

30. “Remember, licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets."

31. “I’m not just ready, I’m ready Freddy!”

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32. “I’ll have you know that I stubbed by toe last week and only cried for 20 minutes.”

33. “Hey Patrick what am I now?”


“No! I’m Texas!"

"What's the difference?"

34. "Patrick, don’t you have to be stupid somewhere else?"

“Not until 4.”

35. “Are you Squidward now? ... That’s okay take your time.”

36. “Who are you people?!”

37. “Squidward that’s not the peace treaty, that’s a copy of the peace treaty.”

38. "What's your name son?"

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"No your name."

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39. "Ravioli Ravioli, give me the formuoli."

40. “Are you open?"

"Read the sign..."

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42. “My sandwich tastes like a fried boot."

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43. “Too bad that didn’t kill me.”

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The Final Season of 'Game Of Thrones'

I'm excited and sad all at the same time.

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Now that it's upon us I don't know if I'm ready.

Does everyone remember what happened last season or are you like me and doing the GOT binge before the series finale?

I just finished season 1 and I'm starting in season 2 because if I'm going to binge it I'm going to do it the right way it's going to be from the beginning, besides who gets tired of watching Joffrey die?

My burning question that I'm sure EVERYONE wants to know is who will be on the throne in the end? Will it be Daenerys or Jon? I have my speculations or who I would rather see win.

Jon should rule. He was born of Fire and Ice. His father being Rheagar Targaryen and his mother Lyanna Stark. Fire and Ice. Then again, there are the stories that were told to Cersei when she was a young girl by the witch that there would be a girl prettier than her to rule. Does that mean Dani (AKA Daenerys)?

Or will she rule beside Jon? Will the two of them be a couple and rule the Kingdoms together? I'm dying to know! But these two characters are not my only focus at the end of the Final Season.

Where will Bran wind up with his abilities? What about Arya? Will she remain in Winterfell to be Sansa's executioner? Will she leave and go to King's landing if Jon takes the throne?

My time with Game of Thrones has been brief because I came in late on the show, probably season 4, I'm not sure, but I've poured over so much research, reading through the wiki pages online to reading actual books printed after the series began. It's a vast and intriguing subject.

What am I going to with my life once the season ends? There will be a hole in my heart were GOT once was. The fans of this show no matter who they root for will be crying at the end because someone's favorite is more likely to die than to live through the whole show.

If I could choose to put anyone on the Throne it would be Jon. He is honest and just like Eddard Stark raised all his children to be. He would technically be the ruler that all the faithful Targaryen supporters have been looking for. A Dragon to sit on the throne again. but, so would Dani.

Some wonder if she would go mad like her father because she can learn that way in some of her rulings. Like at Veas Dothrak, she killed all the men and took the women for her followers. Was that really necessary? She's a strong woman like Cersei but when compared there is a huge line that divides the two.

Both are loved and hated but honestly, I don't think that either of them belongs on the Throne. As for the rest, I am looking forward to seeing the way that it plays out. I have heard a rumor that George R. R. Martin has given the answer to who sits on the Throne of Iron.

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