In Defense of the Community
I am sorry to be THAT person, but there is nothing the matter with being a fan of My Little Pony. I’m a 19 year old girl, and I love that show. But I, like many others who identify with the brony culture, have a life outside of the show. I read books and run and play video games. I eat all of my vegetables. Also, I have no My Little Pony fetish of any sort. Many of us do not.
When I first started watching, my mother originally thought that it was awful. I was 16 or 17 years old and watching children’s shows. I mean, I was on track to graduate in the top of my class, shouldn’t I be watching documentaries about math and history? (I managed to graduate at the top of my class anyway. In terms of my studies, I was a genuine Twilight Sparkle.) Well, after watching a few episodes with my four-year-old cousin and I, my mom admitted that My Little Pony is a cute show. I am sick of people who judge others for enjoying it, when they haven’t seen it themselves.
I know tons of manly men who enjoy the show. My boyfriend, who is pretty darn masculine, likes the show. Albeit, he isn’t to the point where he has My Little Pony posters and merchandise, but he still enjoys watching the show. Sure, the show might be used to sell merchandise now, but it was also used to do the exact same thing when the first My Little Pony show was created. At least now there is an interesting story line that viewers can enjoy.
There is nothing wrong with men and boys enjoying colorful ponies. That is the kind of sexism and stereotyping that is really bringing this country down. If a girl wants to play with a toy car, is that ruining the idea of femininity? I think not. Maybe women shouldn’t be able to serve in the military either, if it’s deemed “unmanly” for a male to be into My Little Pony. Surely, by those standards, it’s too manly for a woman to serve. Every person is unique, and if a male likes to collect pony toys, good for him!
I have to say this also: My Little Pony does have good lessons. I relate the stories from the show to things in my life. Like the Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony documentary mentioned, there is a “WWPD?” (What Would a Pony Do?) sense to the show. When I feel afraid, I think of Fluttershy in season one, episode seven. It helps me find the courage I need to deal with things. Other events might arise in my life where I think “WWRDD?” (What Would Rainbow Dash Do?) and that helps me get through situations I face.
As for the people who have fetishes and all of that, well, who am I to judge? I’m sure some people have certain fantasies that others find disgusting. The majority of ponies enjoy the show in a totally G-rated way, though. However, this is very personal and may make some people uncomfortable, so I am not going to go any further into that.
People really shouldn’t hate on bronies. They don’t know anything about these people other than the fact that they enjoy a show that mainstream America believes is strictly for small girls. I’m sure that there are bronies who are nicer than the people who think they are “disgusting” and “a problem in this country”. I’m sure there are some who are not so nice, but in my case anyway, I believe that the lessons in the show do help me be a better person.
Personally, I think that there is nothing wrong with the My Little Pony fan art. Some of it might not be my taste. But there is tons of other disturbing, sexual art that has nothing to do with My Little Pony. Art is expressive, and although it might be disturbing, it’s how the artist chooses to portray themselves, so that is fine by me. Besides, 99.9% of the fan art I’ve seen is not at all pornographic. As for men collecting pony merch, I see nothing more wrong than that than men collecting model building model airplanes, even though toys are for younger boys.
The bronies aren’t hurting people, so people really don’t have a good reason to discriminate against them. I don’t discriminate against people who like Star Wars, even though it’s not my thing. If you have seen Friendship is Magic and don’t like it, that’s fine. But it doesn’t give anyone a reason to think less of people that do like it, regardless of their age or gender. There is humour in the show that anyone can relate to.
Finally, I would like to reinforce the fact that many bronies have a life outside of My Little Pony. I use words like “everypony” and I brohoof my friends who like the show, but I don’t go around talking about it all the time. Many bronies have very active lives that are outside the realm of Equestria. I just thought you should know this. Stereotypes and discrimination and hatred are not things that My Little Pony teaches, but I do believe that those are the things that will harm America (and the world) in the future. Thirty year old men who sleep with Pinkie Pie plushies are the least of my worries.