Whoa. I was rather hesitant to read this, given that I don't tend to enjoy fanfiction, but I see this is hardly the same thing as "fanfiction" at all. You had me hooked with the first paragraph and I had to finish reading, despite my general... distaste for the subject matter. It's disturbing. It's horrible. It's frightening. It's an excellent piece of writing that really speaks to me on a level deeper than it needed to to be effective. Well done.
While reading this, I found myself thinking of this guy as an 'otaku', and Twilight Sparkle as an anime character, rather than MLP.
There's a large number of otaku who are like this, over their 'moe' girl characters. They demand that their beloved character stay innocent (prepared to send death threats to the author if they depict them otherwise), and buy merchandise, posters and body-sized pillows of them, and call them their own. They celebrate their birthday, call them their 'waifu', and yes... they fap to them. While demanding the character stay innocent, they view sexualised images, fiction and comics of them, and fap to it.
It even extends further than that. Aidoru (Idols) who appeal to the 'moe' culture, are cute and small, and most importantly: innocent. This is so important that the aidoru are under strict rules not to date or even be seen with a man, let alone anything else. If they break this rule, they lose their aidoru career, and soon receive death threats and burnt photos of themselves by their fans who feel betrayed. These rabid fans really do consider their 'moe' waifu, whether fictional or real, their property.
But many are quick to point out that not all of the 'moe' fans are this way (and they're right, but we don't tend to notice the sane fans).
Now, I have to say that I have never met a MLP fan who is like this, which is why I immediately thought of the extreme otaku. I'm sure, however, there are some out there like this, just as there are otaku. But I do hope that people are not inclined to paint everyone with this same brush, because truly there are plenty out there who enjoy adult pony works, and even 'clop' to them, and are not anywhere near this dispicable and vile.
Here's a way, I think, to spot the difference: Does the explicit work involve other pony characters, or not? The most honorable kind of adult MLP work, in my opinion, is 'shipping' works. It's "here's my fantasy of what happens when they aren't on TV", where the ponies themselves are depicted as having healthy adult lives behind closed doors. It is depicted as the ponies' own choice to take part (unless it is of the rape genre, which is pretty bad but better than when it isn't between ponies imo), and therefore doesn't appeal to those like Lustre here, who clearly get a kick out of forced sexualisation. The majority of adult MLP work I find fits into this category - between ponies, with no force involved.
However there is some that involves a pony character alone, posing for the 'viewer' (the clopper), or even with a 'floating penis', the purpose here is for the viewer to feel involved. Often I find that this kind involves force, involves 'sex slavery', and even if it doesn't- it's much more disturbing to suggest that a pony character should want to pleasure cloppers in their spare time... This is the kind that I feel you are depicting, and this is a kind that I feel is not anywhere near as common.
To point out again though that, being desensitised, I view all kinds of work, including this kind, but to appreciate the art quality, rather than looking for something to 'clop' to (which frankly I have never). I can empathise with the people who do, though, and I guess in the end I'm far happier with the idea that they would clop to things like that, than to get a real animal and force it into real sexual acts. (If you can't help what you are sexually attracted to, fiction is a very civilised outlet for it, and much better for the world than going out and seeking the real thing.)
In summary, tl;dr: Some people are like Lustre, and 'force' fictional characters into sexualised images and clop to it, but there are many more people out there who simply enjoy a sexualised romance between pony characters, with no force involved. If anything, let's just be glad people like Lustre lust over fiction, rather than commiting these acts in reality.
Sorry if this is annoying but this is actually a really, really interesting opinion! The idea of two ponies having sex grosses me out but more in a "I DONT WANNA PICTURE MY PARENTS DOING IT EWWW" way because, well, they're cartoon characters and they're lovable, y'know. But the whole body pillow thing; it really does remind me of the "moe" deal. I've heard people call ponies their "waifus" before, too.
The overall thought as I see, once a brony now turned traitor. Moreover, that is cruel! I can also feel the possibilities that what if he would to cut off her wings instead. And I'm sure one day her friends will come to her rescue.
Yo, Cap. We were having a civil discussion. What's with the ban?
Since I can no longer respond to your comment, my response is here:
Aah, yes. Here is the one place I agree with you. Cloppers do tend to be singled out by the major news sources, and they do misrepresent bronies.
However, your reasoning here is not sufficient enough to attempt to ban cloppers from sites such as dA. Nor does it give you the right to assume all cloppers are the same. In doing so, you are just as bad as Fox News. And nopony, NOPONY wants to be compared to Faux News.
(also, your call for cloppers to be institutionalized echoes the diagnosis of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Just because it's different doesn't mean it's wrong, a lesson that I re-learned ((funnily enough)) from MLP. Also, as I've explained, I enjoy the show for its value, not because I want to watch the ponies have sex. Neil Patrick Harris isn't the reason I watch HIMYM. I watch it because I like it, not for the admittedly sexy actors the make up the main cast. The same applies here.)
Fascinating story. I wish I could offer some sort of analysis or commentary on it, but that's always been really difficult for me. I'm not particularly skilled at discerning meaning or intent. Some interesting discussions in the comments though! Very worth reading as well.
The story definitely left me feeling disconcerted, uneasy, and disgusted. However, I'm confused by the choice of imagery. It's all very specific: the stereotypical, male fanatic; alicorn Twilight as opposed to normal Twilight; and the broadcast of the photos which is reminiscent of organized crime instead of something more personal. Kind of wish I had some more insight on those details.
Also, I'm a bit weary to accept this into our group. There are some suggestive themes here, though it's nothing ultimately too severe. Is there any way you could add a content filter? It would be gladly accepted if you did!
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