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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DISCLAIMER: This is a year-old article that I fully realize is outdated and flawed in a variety of ways.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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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…

Spasticpug Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist…

tell me what you think of this
SuperAlex64 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Smartest thing I've read all day
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MuteKrocodil Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Lets see what this is about
*one read later*
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Little-Hellion-Fever Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Maybe I'm just boring or ignorant or what have you but I'll be the first to admit I was unaware this was even an issue. Is it the name "brony" that's ostracizing? The easiest way to figure this out if to imagine myself as a female fan of the show. Well, I would love the show just the same. Only difference is I would be cast aside by the brony movement and the brony cause even though I'm just as influential and important to the movement as any pony else be them mare or colt. If only we could coin a term that encompasses all fans of MLP. I think female fans should be welcomed into the fandom because last time I checked friendship is magic and not exclusive. Even sometimes unknowingly we are making it hard for female fans of the show to feel welcome. Every time we use the word "brony" in our art, music, names, language we are hurting a very important part of fandom. I'm not just agreeing to agree. I've always found the word "brony" to be insensitive and I don't like using it, so I don't. We have a responsibility to help everypony feel welcome otherwise our fandom would lose integrity and meaning. The beautiful thing about our fandom (well one of the beautiful things about it anyway) is that if we really truly love MLP:FiM and the things it teaches we can use it to become better ponies (persons, horses, whatever). It's no exception here. ^-^ That being said I love this fandom and I consider myself to be lucky a part of it. 
crackpairingluver Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
This is just brilliant, from beginning to end.
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