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Sexism in the My Little Pony Fandom: An Essay by Cuddlepug Sexism in the My Little Pony Fandom: An Essay by Cuddlepug

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'Sexism in the My Little Pony Fandom': An Essay on Inequality' is a study into sexism within the "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" fandom and beyond. The information has been gathered together from nearly 100 female participants who have, since 2011, felt alienated and discriminated against in one way or another as part of the 'brony' fandom.

While this essay was originally written back in early 2013, there were reasons for why I didn't upload it at the time. However, given the recent debate around the controversial 'Princess Molestia' blog by johnjoseco and an increase in people this past month asking me to upload it, I've finally decided to do so during this reasonably topical time.

While this essay has flaws and limitations - most of which have been engaged with in the 'Preamble' - and many of the issues discussed within have since gone quiet, I feel as if it is important to release this essay all the same. Even if it doesn't resonate with people now as much as it might have a year or so ago - and, even if I would write it differently if I'd started this today - it is important that we consider some of the issues that people were experiencing in the fandom back then. It is likely that they still permeate the fandom to an extent.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this deeply serious issue.

DISCLAIMER: This is a year-old article that I fully realize is outdated and flawed in a variety of ways. I decided to upload it as I had it lying about on my hard drive and I didn't want to waste a good chunk of text that many people contributed to and care passionately about.

If you care about gender equality, fighting sexism and shedding light on issues within the "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" fandom, please share this essay with your friends, make journals about it and so on - the larger audience it meets, the more people will hopefully be influenced by it.

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Pink-Mist10 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Wow this is a pretty in depth essay and while I was aware that alot of this was happening, there were some things that I wasn't aware of. It's good for us bronies to open our eyes and observe what's REALLY going on around the fandom. I myself haven't gone to any conventions yet but when I do I'll definitely be precautious since from what I read here for some females, it's not as happy go lucky as it might seem. Even if this doesn't represent the fandom as a whole, it's good to explore those parts of it that are concerning so the people who haven't been exposed to it don't see the fandom as perfect. Thanks alot for making this, and cheers to you :D
artsysketches Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Usually, "BROny" isn't really a thing to refer to when talking about a female fan, and yes, female fans need more attention in the fanbase itself too...

But society has taught males that liking traditionally female things is bad, and those males who like it are heavily frowned upon, and because of the bad people in the fanbase who make bronies look bad, that stereotype still stands.

In the fanbase itself, yes we do need more female representation, but the societal standards for males still remain and need to be abolished as well as the horrible gatekeeping that the bad parts of the brony fandom do to the female fans.
Kfcnyancat Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014
All of these issues I've seen in other fandoms (in the case of female-dominated fandoms, it happens to men!) Really, the only reason to focus in on bronies is because they are the "in" fandom right now.

The only two that are brony-specific are the Pegasister issue (the only reason the word ever existed is because you don't call your female sibling your brother) and the issue with hating on previous gens because they are girly (this is bad, but it's something feminism implanted in our brains: girly = weak, weak = bad.)
Healer-and-protecter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cuddle Pug has got me thinking about the serious issues that I've not seen, for the most part, on the internet. I don't visit too many social media websites and other social areas of the internet, too often. I pick and choose who I hang out with so I don't hang out with people that are mean but I don't tolerate the abuse of the female half of our fandom. I have ZERO tolerance for the abuse of another living being.

This piece, showing Twilight in the background as one of our Brony friends, puts a famous character in the shoes of one of our girls. It provides a strong message that I hadn't previously thought about. If it were her that was being picked on and I could be by her side, I would declare Twilight one of us Bronies and I would have the upper hand (no pun intended) because, I'm human and we're the ones who created the fandom in the first place.
For the love of candy, people... We created this fandom because we love the ideals that MLP:FiM brang about: Honesty, loyalty, KINDNESS (I hope that makes it stand out), laughter, generosity and magic (love, basically). Spread good will, for crying out loud!

I'm gonna cool down now. I get hot under the collar when people act like hypocrites and are mean to others. \:<
Cooper31 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nice pic!
Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Agree, there are flaws and loop holes. What is it that is being created if it can easy be abused. All I know is that a common interest of the show has been able to connect a wider variety, that goes beyond bounds (perhaps bounds is needed) of gender and age.
ShnarfBird Featured By Owner Edited Oct 1, 2014
And what of those of us who do not feel such a way?
Are we simply to suffer persecution because of our uncouth fellows?
It is disappointing that nowadays I cannot safely express my love for this wonderful show without reminding others of those who have done them wrong.
Beeooow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Uninstall life. It can't run properly on your corrupted system.
JakeCrusher4 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Writer
SO let me see if I got this straight, a show that is meant for female impowerment fan-base includes male supremists. And those same sexist men are oblivious to the fact that their beloved show is meant for little girls? 

Bronies are becoming Christians of the new age.
AfraidToDraw Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Generally we accept everyone except the shit stirrers and drama whores, and those get way too much acceptance on Tumblr anyway.

Btw I notice the lack of examples and sources in your essay.  Aren't essays supposed to contain facts not just "i heard this from someone who heard this from someone"?

You should look over this essay it would help improve your writing…

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