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25 Times "SpongeBob SquarePants" Got Way Too Real

Bikini Bottom, where shit gets real.

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1. When Patrick pinpointed the anguish of the human condition.

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2. And Plankton worked to erase the stigma associated with mental health issues.

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3. When SpongeBob and Patrick highlighted our culture's heteronormative definition of family.

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4. When Mr. Krabs addressed the unfair expectations we place on women in society.

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5. And the residents of Bikini Bottom subtly called out unfair censorship of the female body...

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6. ...as well as the male body.

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7. When Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob embraced the importance of seeing the world through a different lens than your own.

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8. When SpongeBob highlighted how we're so often shamed for being sexual creatures.

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9. And led the charge in shamelessly embracing his own sexual urges...

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10. ...being open to experimentation...

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11. ...and knowing when and where to draw the line.

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12. When SpongeBob used Patrick's birthday cake as an opportunity to teach him about the value of safe sex.

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13. You need to know how to protect yourself.

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14. When SpongeBob perfectly expressed the struggle of feeling anxious in social settings.

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15. And Squidward embraced the healing power of alone time.

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16. When SpongeBob reminded us that words are powerful and can cause great pain.

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17. When Squidward perfectly captured the episodic nature of life.

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18. When the importance of having a good work-life balance was summed up in one shot.

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19. When Patrick demanded respect in his personal relationships.

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20. When SpongeBob let young viewers know that there are more important things in life than school.

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21. And having a steady job.

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22. When Squidward acknowledged that growing up is hard.

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23. When Patrick and SpongeBob reminded us that money is fleeting — it's the experience that really matters.

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24. When SpongeBob showcased the importance of self-acceptance.

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25. And knowing who you are, no matter what anyone else says or thinks.

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