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#67) Is clopping bad? I've done it before and I don't really understand why other bronies find it disgusting. Maybe it's just me. >.<

Answer: With the amount of clopping questions I receive with this column, it's hardly a wonder why a lot of people think that bronies are sexual deviants. Now, in terms of your question itself, the fact that you don't see why other people might find it disgusting is worrying, because you're admitting to not being able to contemplate why people would think it odd to masturbate to cartoon animals.

To be honest, to apply a label of  'bad' on clopping is a big generalisation, as it all comes down to opinion. It is my opinion that, while masturbating to ponies in itself isn't a problem, the content itself is bad, insofar as that shit seems to be everywhere. What's worse than being into it, though, is being proud of it. It's one thing to masturbate to ponies – if that's what turns you on, there's no point in holding back on it just because some asshole tells you to – but, at the same time, it's quite another to do it without caring that other people might not want to see it.

I've come into contact with a lot of cloppers who are very much of the opinion that 'we can do whatever we want and if people don't like it they can fuck off'. It's my opinion that bronies, as adult fans of the show, have the responsibility on their shoulders to treat the intellectual property with respect. Liking "Friendship is Magic" because it's well-made is one thing, but it's another to take that property and bend it to suit your sexual urges.

In my mind, because of the nature of the show – and judging by the intended demographic – and the product, bronies should at least try and like it for what it is, not for what they want it to be. It seems that too many people in the brony fandom don't like ponies until they've strapped a ball-gag in their mouths and tied their hooves behind their backs. And that, at least to me, is in bad taste.

And therefore, in terms of clopping being 'bad', you can certainly argue that it's distasteful and unnecessary. Try and weigh up pros and cons; the bad far outweighs the good. How can anyone really say that any kind of porn is 'good', let alone porn designed around a children's TV show?

You aren't going to go to hell for clopping, and it's highly unlikely that you'll stop based on this response. I don't honestly care if you do it or not; I only have a problem with the people who actively go out of their way to say that it's awesome and that they don't care about sticking a middle finger up to Hasbro. You ask why some people find it disgusting – how about the fact that a lot of people would prefer to have sex with a human than an animal?



#68) I've noticed that few people like Rarity and see her good points. Why is this so?  

Answer: Is that still the case? I was pretty sure that in Season 1 she was one of the least popular characters, but after Season 2 people started to like her. To me, Rarity is the 'best' character, in terms of how much depth she has. Whereas characters like Fluttershy overcome shyness in the 'same-shit-different-day' sort of manner, Rarity has all sorts of interesting qualities, whether it's her whining in "A Dog and Pony Show", her interaction with Sweetie Belle in "Sisterhooves Social", her little 'romance' with Spike throughout the episodes – accumulating in "Secret of My Excess" - and, finally, how she behaves in arguably her best episode: "Sweet and Elite".

That episode, to me, is one of the best in the history of the show so far, because it has a really solid story involving Rarity having to weigh up her friends and her work, which is a genuine issue that a lot of people have to face. Her character has a lot of depth, aided by the fact that she has the career in Canterlot on her side, which allows for all sorts of varied scenarios to occur. It was nice to see her stand up to the Canterlot elite by sticking up for her friends in that episode. Plus, she has plenty of subjective things on her side as well – a lot of people love her voice and her tendency to overreact and be melodramatic. Despite how she may have acted in earlier episodes, she doesn't really fit the 'vapid girl obsessed with fashion' thing any more at all.

If people do dislike her character still, I imagine it's because they get annoyed by how she behaves. Personally, I find her to be the most interesting and varied character, and I'm sure a lot of other people do as well. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, though, and so if people don't like her, don't worry about it. If you're a fan, that's the main thing.



#69) I'm an autistic person and have recently taken interest in MLP: FIM. I love its well-written characters, animation and all, but for some reason, I always keep on thinking that it is more for older viewers that don't have autism like I do. Some people usually think that autistic people are strange and watch the show because everyone else watches it too, but I think it's not always for that reason. Can anyone watch it, whether it be a brony with autism or not?

Answer: Yeah, of course you can watch the show if you're autistic. The show promotes a lot of healthy and inclusive messages, and so not only is it good for you to watch it, but it's also good for other people to watch it; it may just make them more accepting of people with, in your case, autism.

I wouldn't think that the show is for 'older viewers that don't have autism', though. The show is intended for kids; being outside of that demographic means you have just as much of a right to watch it as any other brony/older fan. If people think that individuals with autism are strange, that's their issue, not yours; and, if it's believed that people with autism merely 'copy' behaviour, then that's ignorant as well. Even if you are only watching it because other people are, that's not even a bad thing.

All information is distributed by other people. You only learn about a new album coming out by a band you like because you see a music blog paste it up; you find out that a TV show is airing by checking the TV guide. You learn things because other people/places inform you of the knowledge; by being on the internet in general, you're doing what other people do. Therefore, I wouldn't feel particularly unoriginal if you're watching the show because it's the 'done thing' at the moment.

Nobody is better than you if they've been watching the show for longer, or if they were one of the 'original' fans and they consider you to be a late-comer. You'd have to be a complete douchebag hipster to take that approach, especially towards My Little Pony. It's not really something to be elitist about; there's no such thing as a 'better' pony fan or anything.

You have just as much claim to watch the show as anyone else, autism or no autism. If watching "Friendship is Magic" makes you happy, go for it.
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Norman-Steel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I don't care if someone clops or posts pony porn on a site specifically meant for it. The problems occur when they start posting links to it on more SFW sites, because that's when a little girl could find it. The problems also occur when they happily tell news reporters about it. No matter what your stance on porn is, our society still has a big stigma against it. You wouldn't tell someone that you look at porn when they could use that to discredit you and this goes doubly for porn based off of a children's show about magic ponies. Just look at the furry fandom. They used to be seen as just regular people who like drawing human-ish animals. Then all it took was for the media to start looking for the ones that liked porn of their person-y animals and now everyone hates them. It's true that MLP is by no means the only thing that Rule 34 has attacked, and it's technically not fair that we should make cloppers stay secretive about what they're fapping to, but it's not about what's fair. It's about what's best for the most people.
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automouse13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Clopping? Really?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Hrm?
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SolarSpark Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Regarding #67: My problem with the provided answer is this statement: "how about the fact that a lot of people would prefer to have sex with a human than an animal?" Any well-reasoned person would know the difference between a sexual fantasy over an anthropomorphic fictional character, and sex with an animal.

I do agree that bronies should try to respect the intellectual property of Hasbro, but why imply the that the innocent sexual fantasies of cloppers are "distasteful", "unnecessary", or otherwise sexually deviant? Why argue that cloppers should be ashamed, rather than proud, of their sexuality?

As for the statement "How can anyone really say that any kind of porn is 'good'" - this seems to me to be a very conservative view; the "It's bad, because I find it 'disgusting'", mentality. Some states and countries have such conservative views about porn as to ban it outright. Do sex toys give human society a bad name on account of their being "obscene"? According to some, yes. For this reason, some states and countries have banned sex toys sooner that they would be willing to the ban the private ownership of guns.

Such conservatism isn't about regarding the rights of others, or the IP rights of Hasbro; its nothing more than an attempt to validate a potentially outdated and jarred vision of how society should behave. Do 'open' cloppers give bronies a bad name? According to some, yes. But what do those "some" honestly expect they will be able to do about it? Cloppers are a part of the brony culture, whether we are willing to accept it or not. The only person you can control the behaviour of is yourself.

In conclusion, some cloppers can't understand why answering to their innocent subconscious urges and being honest about it may offend some. The anti-cloppers can't understand how someone can be so open about what they would consider "obscene" behaviour and not expect to be judged for it. Neither group will change their stance.

Then there are the people - bronies and non-bronies, cloppers and non-cloppers - who are more concerned with their own lives than with the harmless activities, or judgmental opinions, of others. The question to ask yourself is, which type of person are you?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
"which type of person are you?"

The guy investigating contentious areas of this fandom and reporting on it elsewhere.

Thanks for the useful feedback.
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SolarSpark Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem; hope I didn't come across as harsh or crude.

Usually I steer clear of contentious issues myself, but I feel like the 'clopper' issue seems to have caused a rift in the brony community. I cannot help but feel that at the crux of such a conflict is the judging of others based fragments of information, spawning such black-and-white labels as "clopper" and "anti-clopper".

Why would someone want to understand or get to know anyone else better when they already assume to know so much of them based on so few assumptions? I just wish people would think more impartially, that's all.


Cudpug: "One guy up the page clearly thinks clopping is cool. He has a picture of Twilight's flank as his avatar. Go figure."

Who, me? :P

For the record, having a liberal opinion of clopping does not imply my acceptance of it. Having Twilight's flank as an avatar does not make me a clopper any more than wearing a Fluttershy shirt at a performance makes the musician deadmau5 a brony.
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masternegi Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice i totally agree and you would think that the whole friendship thing
and being a brony and all would make it easier for at least the people in the community to love and tolerate one another.
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SolarSpark Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Well said :)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Well said. You seem to be an intelligent and reasonable chap.
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SolarSpark Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. The same could be said of you. I've been enjoying reading your columns. :)
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Sockswolf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think cloppers suck. It's gross.
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anycent Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for answering my question,this was a good column.
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aresye Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I completely agree that cloppers shouldn't be proudly parading their personal attraction to the show's characters, with no due regard to how it influences people's perception of the rest of the fandom, however, in the large scope of things, I don't really think there's anything psychologically wrong with a person who chooses to do so.

The show itself has some of the most well-defined characters of any show I've seen. Characters with strengths and flaws, and believable personalities. Coupled with the fantastic animation that can capture a huge array of emotions, and it makes the characters that much more believable. That's why nobody can collectively agree on a best main character. They all have great characters, and each person has something that they like more in one character than the others. Naturally, with the characters being female, most people's favorite character probably has some kind of connection to what kind of girl they'd like to date, which gives a person that emotional attraction to a character.

Emotional attraction plays one role, but what about the physical attraction? Well for one, the characters have gigantic eyes, which is an old trick in animation to making a character look cuter. After all, eyes are the gateway to the soul. The bigger eyes, coupled with the animation, gives a sense of soul behind each character. The heads are also rounder, and have more of a likeness to a human head than an equine head.

Lastly, if you take into consideration the lower torso/thigh region of the anatomy, it actually has a lot of similarities to human anatomy. I'm talking things like, the lumbar curve of the lower back, the wider hips, and upper thighs. Coincidentally, these are also the same things the male brain deciphers from visual cues in order to determine an ideal female to mate with.

So all in all, you have incredibly realistic characters that even have a sense of soul, anatomy that shares many similarities with human anatomy, and personalities that a person develops an emotional attraction to. I think the majority of cloppers are simply just falling prey to having their brain being tricked by the traits above into thinking they have an ideal partner.

So while I don't think there's anything psychologically wrong with them, I think they should keep it to themselves. The brony community is about enjoying the show together, not sharing your personal desires and interests around.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I don't believe I mentioned a psychological issue with the people who do it in this Brony Advice, as I would agree that masturbating to ponies doesn't necessarily mean that you're a messed up person. You've presented a decent handful of reasons for why people might do it - I appreciate the orderly response.
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FrancisSplinter Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I do not have nothing against "clopping", but I am not supporting this stuff on the DA and on an other sites there does not belongs to.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In #67, here's one thing we have to know, every time a new cartoon comes out, porn will follow for sure. Even the new Gravity Falls will surely be the next victim, no matter what. It's a crazy modern world after all. In my opinion, I do it too, but that all depends on our own desires and self-control, after all, we all have our needs and it's also one of the methods for stress relief, and better yet, and effective way to build up confidence and happy pleasurable moments when you're single and stuck without a girlfriend for the time being. I hate myself being in that state but what to do? :shrug: Clopping may look wrong on so many levels and even lead towards the controversial Lyra doll, but all in all, not every MLP fans are equal, although we have the nice fans out there, but we also got disgusting & neutral (both nice and those who clopped too) ones too.

I like Rarity when she's so pretty, the hair and the charm of course. Spike like her because of that, like a diamond he sees in his eyes. I have nothing to dislike her as I prefer girls in the typical girl-next-door type which I like and I don't mind nerds too like Twilight, even for AATC's Jeanette Chipette & Scooby Doo's Velma. And finally, the cute & innocent Fluttershy (Honestly, I choose Fluttershy over Teen Titan's Starfire, another character as both cute & innocent but also a badass too, Fluttershy is smarter when it comes to the English vocabulary while Star is troublesome on both vocab and grammar at times.)

#69, don't feel so bad, this show doesn't restrict age. Although there are some like the Simpsons for example, I heard South Park is another though. Not sure of Family Guy. And also obviously 18+ (of any kind, yes, the one with rated X, and also WWE for violence, no matter if the moves are fake or not) shows too, these shows are not meant for the younger viewers for sure. All in all, sure you can watch FIM, no condition needed, just go with the flow. ;)
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Dread555 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
The whole "clopping" issue is a bit jaded.

It isn't just members who're prideful in their fetish, but you also have members who practically go on witch-hunts for people who have that fetish, both outside as well as inside the fandom.

You probably get a lot of questions about it because people treat it like such a controversy (which it rightly is, given the circumstances), when it's, honestly, just a normal fan reaction to something that people feel is well made, with well developed characters to drive it. The fact that the characters are considered animals (or that the show itself has an "intended" audience) are just technicalities that convolute the situation, things that are purely based on perception and point of view, when core elements are often ignored (such as the characters having developed personalities who, mostly, behave maturely and sensibly.)

You have hentai made of just about every anime TV show imaginable, including those for kids such as dragonball Z and pokemon, but these are hardly ever brought up as any sort of issue. Instead, they're accepted as more of a norm. Some fans of MLP attempt to do the exact same thing, create media with their favorite characters in mature settings, but they're met with -constant- opposition.

It shouldn't be shoved into anyone's faces, of course, but people's desire to seek it out and criticize it, simply because there are people who don't share the same values, sort of drives that behavior.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I would agree that going up to cloppers and criticising the behaviour doesn't really get you anywhere, as the people who are into it won't exactly change.
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Berlioz-II Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
The thing that gets me at the whole clopping thing is how many people seem to have such a general alacrity in sharing that they clop. I mean, the art is one thing, but going about proclaiming you clop is stepping just that bit more into "unwanted" information. I mean, okay I'll admit that I've masturbated before - not to ponies, just to regular sexy human women - but it's not something I feel like wanting to go around telling other people about. And it's not even because it's somehow inherently bad (it's great in between not having sex or as a pure stress reliever), but it's still something that I feel is better kept as your own personal information. If you clop, then fine, but just please keep it to yourself; I certainly don't need to know you do it, so what's the point in drawing attention to it online by proclaiming how proud about it you are and that you even do it in the first place?

As for Rarity, if my current signature doesn't clue you in, is very much my favourite for much of the reasons that Cuddie already said. To me Rarity is, despite her being the most stereotypically girly character on the show, also the one that's the most fascinating of the main six ponies. Whereas the others really only seem to stick to a certain specific niche they're comfortable being in without deviating much from a certain predictable pattern - even Twilight, who's basic character of "studies a lot, is logical and adorkable, likes to learn new things, and doesn't handle stress well" is something she doesn't really ever deviate from - Rarity rarely falls into a set cookie cutter mould. She can be very vain and insensitive to others, but she can also be extremely generous and doesn't seem to think of herself as somehow above others (she rather would like to raise other to her personal standards than look down on them for who they are). She can be manipulative for both good and bad, but she is also aware of when she's doing or feeling something unbecoming (Green Isn't Your Colour a prime example). She also suffers from various forms of OCDs, with Sisterhooves Social being a particularly good episode showcasing them, but in that very same episode we can also see that when it really matters, she can get over them and do the right thing (getting covered in mud and running a physically taxing race for Sweetie's sake without complaint is a wonderful testament to her character).

Not to mention, her behavioural pattern of wanting to be better than what her country origins could imply by actively trying to improve herself with a manufactured "cultured" accent and an advocacy for proper ladylike behaviour in spite of the rest of her family clearly not being anything like that, just creates yet one more little facet to her personality that none of the others share (really, everyone else is acting just as their own persona dictates instead of actively trying to shape that personality to something just a bit more refined than it is). Yet, as said before, she doesn't act condesending or look down on those below her preferred social yearnings, and when faced with ponies that don't share this trait (the snobs in Sweet and Elite are a great example of how Rarity wants to be one of them, but can't really share their sentiments of callous condesencion) she can find herself in a hard to navigate situation in which there often is not a right or wrong choice. She's a businessmare, and as a dealer of special luxury items tailored to a specific crowd in mind, also has to work the field to her advantage, but without compromising her own sense of self and moral centre. She's a ball of contradictions and battling urges, but at the same time they never make her character unfocused or lacking a very specific personality. She's endlessly fascinating for her strengths and flaws, and thus sits just that bit above all the other characters in the series in having the potential for such varied expressive avenues. And that is why Rarity is unequivocally "best" pony.

Oh, and the series is watchable for anybody... even mimes! :omg:
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I definitely agree with point #1. It's the pride that gets me. I imagine that a lot of people do wank to ponies, and I really don't have a problem with that. What is annoying is the people who actively boast about doing it - 'After Dark groups, for example - and who don't seem to give a damn that other people hate it. And while you are free to behave as you wish, it's a completely odd frame of mind to be proud of being part of a sexual cult involving ponies.
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pap64 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Personally, I love Rarity as a character and don't understand why she is hated so much. Actually, I kind of do. One of the reasons I believe Friendship is Magic has been such a huge hit with older males is because the characters, despite being female, have a wide range of personalities. You have Applejack the workaholic, Pinkie Pie the literal party animal, Fluttershy the quiet one, Rainbow Dash the cocky athlete and Twilight Sparkle the book smart. These personalities are very universal, and can be applied to both men and women without any issue.

Yet, Rarity is a fashion obsessed career woman that focuses on looking good. We live in a society in which both men and women see that as being a weak thing for people to pursue. It is always associated with shallowness, materialism and extreme judgement of others. Plus, that is always associated with extreme femininity, as in "Ew dresses and make up are for GIRLS!". Thus Rarity in a way represents an element of the show people don't like: that this was made for girls in mind. It's one of the reasons why classic Disney Princesses like Cinderella and Snow White as looked over in favor of princesses like Belle and Merida: they want female characters to be a vision of wisdom, action and strength.

But what people fail to realize is that...

1) Femininity is NOT a weakness: The Game Overthinker once said that in a video, and have always agreed with that since. Just because you are a woman that loves girly things it doesn't mean that you are a worthless person. It's like saying that a man is dumb and stupid because he likes beer, construction and wrestling. Yes, those things may be considering too stereotypical traits of the gender, but they don't define the personality of the person, they just add layers to it. I mean, I love Disney with all fiber of my being, I also love the violent Mortal Kombat series, I am a very emotional person and loves discovering new things and places. Does that make me odd? I like to thing it just makes me a layered, complex person. Rarity is like that, too. She may seem girly, but she is flawed as a character. But at the same time, she is willing to correct her mistakes. People forget that when you make a character that is too perfect you run the risk of making the character unrealistic and thus harder to relate to. Rarity is a character that isn't afraid to be extremely flawed and be proud of what she likes. That doesn't make her any different from Pinkie Pie or Rainbow Dash, characters that are seemingly popular in the fanbase.

2) Fashion IS an art: Fashion is more than wearing pretty suits and dresses. It means creating something from nothing. It starts with lines, drawings and abstracts thoughts that materialize into something great. Being a seamstress isn't an easy thing to do, hence why many fashion designers hire seamtresses to finish the dress. Rarity is able to do BOTH. Many people go to art colleges to learn more about fashion. It is a bonafide career that people deeply respect and enjoy. Fashion can make or destroy a person. That also applies to hair and make up. A fashion designer is not shallow: they just an eye for art that most people lack, which is something that makes Rarity a great character.

One of the reasons Friendship is Magic is awesome is because these characters are so varied, layered and unique. It celebrates that there are many ways to be a person, and many ways to be a GIRL. You can be athletic, energetic, studious, kind, a worker AND a fashionista. It also celebrates that no matter what you are, what really matters is the beauty inside your heart and soul. There is a reason why these characters, as varied as they are, learn a lesson at the end of each story.
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masternegi Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
i see
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
While the toy range naturally enforces a lot of stereotypes, the show itself at least makes a bold attempt in portraying six characters, all with a host of skills, in the hopes that any youngster would be able to relate to them in some way.
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chibilombax Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
God more clopping questions. Can't people ask anything else?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
One guy up the page clearly thinks clopping is cool. He has a picture of Twilight's flank as his avatar.

Go figure.
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chibilombax Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Eh it's just a boring question : /

"ooo porn! cupcakes! oooo scary protect the children."

Blah
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Children are our future.

Or something.
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chibilombax Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Children are also fucking retarded.

I know. I was one.
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masternegi Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
LOL
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Broad spectrum of questions this time . . .

#67 I find it's not so much the clopping itself that people mind as much as it is the pride some bronies have in it, pride which is completely unfounded. In my opinion, there's absolutely nothing to be proud of. "Bucking the system" is the usual reason people are prideful of being a sexual deviant, but then, why would the system exist if it didn't function in some way? The system, that is mores and taboos which we live by, is there because it works. In the case of sexual deviation, taboos exist there because when a person starts violating the desire to have sex with a member of the opposite sex then a danger arises that he might start violating weaker people. The connection isn't completely tenuous; there are some serious studies done which correlate deviant sexual behavior with child molestation and rape crime rates. Generally speaking, porn, if unchecked, contributes to a desire to seek sexual dominance. It's not an "A leads to B" situation, but it is a contributing factor in any case.

Now of course, this doesn't mean that every clopper is a child molester. That's not what I'm saying. What I am saying is that deviant sexual behavior often indicates mental problems which may need attention. It might even be a wise thing to have yourself evaluated. There are places which specialize in that sort of thing, though it would be best to check with a professional psychologist in this regard before taking any rash actions.

#68 I have a theory behind this, which is related to why people don't want to watch MLP in general.

They judge her before they get to know her.

My first encounter with Rarity was actually in a fan fiction, called Better Living Through Science and Ponies. You don't really see too much of her other than a few small mentions of her obsession with Chell's Long Fall Boots. Then when GLaDOS sends the ponies through the Aperture Science Enrichment Center to test them, she easily falls victim to the homicidal machine's subtle suggestions that her mane would fall out. This is indeed something that would make Rarity panic, so it's understandable. But that was all I saw of her, and the first read-through I actually assumed she was a series antagonist due to the fashionista stereotype being a common antagonist in girls cartoons, and because I knew next to nothing about MLP (I read it because I'm a big Portal fan). This opinion was of course changed upon first viewing the series and seeing that she wasn't as stuck up as I thought she would be, but she was never a favorite of mine.

It wasn't until I started thinking about the characters in more depth that I started seeing her complexity. She is, I think, the most developed personality-wise of all the ponies. This is something very interesting to me, because it makes her seem like a real person. I actually felt what she was going through in Suited for Success, dealing with her friends and trying to meet their expectations, because the way she was portrayed was entirely real. She wasn't just someone obsessed with making dresses; she was a friend who was donating her time to make fancy clothes for her friends because she wanted them to be happy.

This may be looked over by fans of the show, though. Despite what the series would have you do, a lot of fans would look at her exterior and assume that there's nothing underneath it worth knowing, so they ignore her in favor of flashy Rainbow Dash or sweet Fluttershy, whose main traits are readily exposed and easy to see. They do have depth of course, but Rarity's I think is the deepest depth of all, which has the effect of making it the hardest to find. I know many fans of Rarity didn't like her in the beginning, but those fans chose to dig deeper, and what they found was a diamond.

Named Tom. ;)

#69 I think what you're trying to say is that it is meant for older viewers who lack autism, not that it's for older people specifically.

I don't have autism myself, so forgive me if I don't quite understand where you might be coming from. But one of the core principles taught in this series is that you shouldn't let other people's opinions dictate what you do, nor should you let fear of what you think you should or shouldn't do make you deny part of who you really are.

In Boast Busters, Twilight ducked out of showing Trixie up, even though she probably knew she could, because she thought that doing so would make her a bad person. Of course, her fears were unfounded, but she didn't realize that until later in the episode when she saved the town. She didn't need to keep her talents bottled up inside her, because that would be denying a core part of herself.

Neither should you let what you think other people expect of you dictate what you do with your life. If you choose to like MLP, then like MLP, even if you think that it's not meant for you. There's no harm in swimming against the current here.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I wouldn't necessarily support that clopping = having an increased likelihood of being a child molester. Instead, I'd just argue that those who take pride in it are a bit detached from reality.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Like I said, it's not an A leads to B situation. I'm not a psych major, but I did do a little research, and there are some papers published which suggest a correlation: [link]

It's not so much clopping = child molestation as it is clopping to adult ponies may lead to more deviant behavior toward adults, and clopping to fillies may lead to child molestation. Again I must stress, this doesn't mean cloppers are all rapists and child molesters. But according to the latest psychological research on the subject there is a correlation between the amount consumed and the likelihood that criminal acts may take place.
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firefanatic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On Fluttershy's same junk different story thing, tell me if you agree on this: What if they had an episode which focused further on the qualities of kindness? Because as far as I have seen, her quietness has been portrayed as a bad thing... What if somepony needs somepony else just to listen? It would make a great lesson, I'm sure.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Yeah, that could be a solid episode.
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GalvatronLikesPonys Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Agreed :3
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rjrgmc28 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I've only just started following the "Brony Advice" posts and I knew one day I would see the Autism aspect brought up in an article. I agree with every point that was mentioned in that part (#69) as I know all too well about how having Autism can affect someones life as I've a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) known as Aspergers Syndrome which I've had since my childhood.

I've been a brony for almost a year after discovering the show through a video remix on YouTube, and ever since discovering the show through one of those videos, my life has changed in so many ways. I'm starting to become more confident in life, where as before I was a complete wreck with confidence issues and countless stress and anxiety that I couldn't control. Plus the show has some very colourful characters that I can relate to in the real world. (e.g. Fluttershy)

The show also gives me a mood boost whenever I'm feeling down after a very rough day at work as I can just select an episode from my iPad or Apple TV and not have to worry about the bad day that I just had.

I also have many countless pieces of merchandise ranging from brushables, Fashion Style dolls and even two custom made plushies that I've got hanging around my home office that I've purchased.

There are many others who deal with the challenges of having Autism and also like the show, and I'm proud to be one of them. Had I not discovered the show, I wouldn't be the person I am today.
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woogieboboogie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have Asperger's too, I'm glad to see I'm not the only autistic brony~
I'm really glad to be able to understand. I relate to fluttershy the most too, and it's helped me build up confidence and such. I definitely wouldn't be where I am without it~
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earwig888 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I've heard from a few autistic bronies, in fact I owe them quite a bit. They are some of the most devoted followers of my fan fiction (it seems I've given my heroine several of the symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome). I try to do right by them.

I also don't quite fit the mold, I'm over 50. But I'm a fan of the show and a brony. There's something different about all people, really. And there is a place for all of us in this fandom.
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woogieboboogie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Aspies tend to stick to one thing for a long time, so if you've got some reading it, then you've got permanent readers. xD I really don't see why age matter, the show is good. Doesn't matter how old you are, you have the right to enjoy a good quality cartoon. Whats so wrong with liking a show that teaches morals? There's definitely a place for everyone. If there wasn't how could the motto be "love and tolorate"?
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
The motto isn't 'love and tolerate'. That's a redundant, fan-coined term that's both illogical and ignored.
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woogieboboogie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Though, it does have a good meaning. I know it's not a motto for the show, but a lot of bronies I've met kind of live by those words. So, it's not all that ignored, either.
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Geobukseon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Writer
'Love and Tolerate' should be just 'respect'. Yeah, #69 caught my eye... I got Aspergers syndrome and it's a bit of a blessing and a curse. I watch MLP; it's a very good show that is indiviualistic and simply fun - I just didn't think it would lead to something like this.
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woogieboboogie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it should just be respect, but I guess the fandom wanted to be weird. xD
It's definitely a blessing and a curse, some good things come from it (for me, anyway. dont really know about anyone else. xD), but theres a lot of bad stuff too. I've learned to live with it.
Hey, its a good show that teaches how to be a good friend and morals and all that stuff. Of course it's gonna lead to this. xD
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MlENSHAO Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I do thank you for answering #69.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
No problem, friend.
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Detah-Ramet Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
...I couldn't help but feel that the clopping question should have been 69. Then again ,that would be a bit blunt, wouldn't it...
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I thought about it, but I decided not to do the obvious thing ;P
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o0AquaDragon0o Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"You ask why some people find it disgusting – how about the fact that a lot of people would prefer to have sex with a human than an animal?"

Win. Just sayin. :)
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Thanks, friend.
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RitaMeetHerMaid Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this collumn :D
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