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The Smurfs got their revenge on Gargamel by using the same process that he had used to create Smurfette, but in this case they built a human-sized, wart-covered, ugly old hag who spoke in Smurf language and chased the horrified sorcerer all over the forest.

Katha Pollitt's ideas about Smurfette blend both a feminist and capitalist critique: she coined the phrase "the Smurfette Principle" in a 1991 piece in the New York Times, in which she wrote, "...a group of male buddies will be accented by a lone female, stereotypically defined.

In the worst cartoons -- the ones that blend seamlessly into the animated cereal commercials...." Smurfette was magically created from clay by the Smurfs' enemy, Gargamel, so that she would use her charms to cause jealousy and competition among the Smurfs.

Subsequently, the comics also started to feature her as a permanent character.

Hal Erickson said in Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia 1949-1993 that the reintroduction of Smurfette as a permanent character in the animated series was "bowing to merchandising dictates" in order to "appeal to little girl toy consumers." Jeffery P.

Dennis, author of the journal article "The Same Thing We Do Every Night: Signifying Same-Sex Desire in Television Cartoons," said that the inclusion of Smurfette in the cartoon version of The Smurfs was likely to serve as an object of heterosexual desire for the other Smurfs and to end speculation arguing that the Smurfs were gay.

In a response to Dennis's statements, Martin Goodman of Animation World Network, said that Dennis had not taken into account Erickson's comments about merchandising.

She was the only female Smurf until the creation of Sassette.