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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DISCLAIMER: This is a year-old article that I fully realize is outdated and flawed in a variety of ways.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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MuteKrocodil Apr 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
Lets see what this is about
*one read later*
MY EYES THEY BURN
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hazelwelton Apr 4, 2014  New member
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:iconlittle-hellion-fever:
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. 
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:iconcrackpairingluver:
This is just brilliant, from beginning to end.
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Teen-lyoko-fan7777 Mar 24, 2014  Student Artist
Do you know how to cite this essay? I need it for a paper.
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:iconspacesheepie:
Two words: Thank you :)
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Missbowtielover Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a lot female fans in DA or youtube just i dont get this name thing
Brony or Pegasister isnt it same thing?
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Emfen Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I read it and I can nod in agreement of your findings. Some may say that this is not true, but usually they entierly miss the point. As a "brony" who run a facebook group with another female, I can assure you these examples can be verified. It may not be that everyone can see the problem, but the more people speak about these issues the more apparent they become.
And as you pointed out, the fandom is not friendly towards lgbt as the terms brony/pegasister themselves assumes that a person born with a certain genitalia identifies with the social gender associated with it.

In regards to criticism, I wish that it wasn't in a font/italic that is hard to read.
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:iconalde1011:
i have to think this is serious? i not trolling or joking
i read the commetns and now i dont kwon what think about that
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