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EDIT: Having now picked this back up, I am aiming to have it out around the time Season 4 airs (November). Please continue sending your findings my way for inclusion!

EDIT: Over 80 different individuals have already contributed. More are welcome.



I've been requested to write an article on sexism against females within the "Friendship is Magic" fandom. Specifically, I will be looking into how males 'control' the fandom and how females tend to be marginalized. If you are female and have ever felt oppressed, put down, alienated or anything similar in the My Little Pony fandom, and you would like to be part of a journalistic article on the issue (anonymously), then I would like to know your story. Perhaps you've been told you can't be a brony if you're female? Or, perhaps, you dislike how the media constantly refers to bronies as males?

If you have anything you would like to contribute, send me a note entitled 'Essay' and provide whatever information you feel comfortable in giving.

I frequently received questions for my 'Brony Advice' column from females in the fandom who felt victimized in one way or another by males. I wish to see how this oppression is manifested in real cases, in the hope of drawing a conclusion based on reasoned evidence. Drop me a note if you'd like to be involved.

Thanks!
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FireColorSplat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
what does sexism mean?
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UmbraQuartz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Discrimination against a gender.
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FireColorSplat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oh ok thank you for telling me
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UmbraQuartz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
No problem.
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evangelian007 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I'm really happy that you're still updating this.
I wish I could contribute but I can't because I've never met an a-hole brony in real life(Nor a sexist one). Maybe for me that's for the best. It saves me a lot of head aches.
And I don't pay attention to any kind of internet drama now. I only focus on just my own business.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I'm largely the same. I picked this back up mainly because I felt bad scrapping such a large piece of work, especially when so many people have contributed to it. I hope you'll have a good read of it when it comes out.
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Sabina-R Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was literally attacked by male-brony. It was disgusting. We were talking nicely... until he starts....
''How you can be bronyyy if you don't have any equipment with Dashie or Twilie?! You don't even remember the names of most important episodes! Thats a s h a m e for all bronies! Go an die!'''
It was something like that, but he was doing that like 2weeks every day =-=
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PiNKK-TRiCKSTER Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I prefer Brony of Pegasister
just because it has the word BRO in it dont mean we cant be called one o3o
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Spaintomatoe Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would rather be called a brony than a pegasister.
Pegasister is a very alienating term...
I'm part of this brony fandom too and I would like to be referred to as such.
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Riftress Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Noted, I hope it's enough. I'd really like to read this article, seeing how fed up I'm getting of the sausage-fest media and the community's showing bronies to look like. :facepalm:
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I'm looking forward to you reading it. I have a bit of a plan, actually. I was wondering if you'd help me out with it, for the good of raising awareness about the issues the essay documents.
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Riftress Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh yeah, I'd love to help out any way I can! Note me with whatever you have in mind and I'll give it my all. :salute:
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Maple-Thief Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My sister says girls can't like MLP... :iconcraiplz:
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theThunderDaze Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
and i don't want to be called brony or pegasister i want to be called by my pony name
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theThunderDaze Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
heh.. i am girl and i think that people think that it's all males it seems like girls don't even matter i haven't heard the "pegasister" term from anyone the only thing i heard that word was tarastrong and just idk
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xXLouTheRaccoonXx Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to be called a brony. My friends that are boys that like MLP. When i say brony by accident they go crazy. Its so weird and annoying. And some people say i don't know MLP well because I'm i girl :P
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puppyhowler Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist
hmm i'm kind of neutral on this subject but in my opinion I think girls should choose what they want to be called there are some girls who hate being called a brony and others prefur brony
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El3ctro-Mess Featured By Owner May 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
I only want to be called a Brony.
If we have a special name I feel like it is excluding us from the whole fandom.
I have also had many "bro-nies" attack me because I am female or because my pony art may not be good enough to the male pony art standard.
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Ayla-devil Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
It doesn't make sense to me.
Men telling Woman that they can't be part of a fandom for a little girls show.
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theThunderDaze Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
on my youtube many people said that so i deleted it
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Ayla-devil Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
aww that's a shame.
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Anime-MLP Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend :iconpicklockmaster: said that somebody told herxshe couldn't be pegasuster and christrian.
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x-HuntersWolves-x Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I watch MLP: FIM, and I'm a girl, but I don't tell anyone about it. Sorry! Wish I could help!
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Boltthehedgehogrocks Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Artist
Yeah. People call me a 'transgender' because I'm a girl who watches MLP FiM, and that's truly surprising. Usually that's somewhat of the thing they do to males, but I was offended, but still EXTREMELY surprised.
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ShellyCake Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I'm a girl and it's easy to tell I adore mlp.

However, some of the male mlp fans can be quite rude and insulting, especially about weight of mlp cosplayers if they are overweight or their skin color. (I'm not saying only males do. I've seen females insult mlp cosplayers the same way, but not as often.)

There used to be a tumblr about this kind of stuff, but it was hacked.

I also think the term, pegasister, is kind of insulting. I'm a member of #Female-Bronies and we find pegasister an insulting phrase and want to be called bronies.
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VeeXanya9 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Is this only for those who have a specific story to share? Because our group of friends doesn't have any male bronies in it, and the ones we at school are nice when we chat with them, they don't really put us down. But I'd still like to contribute with some little things I've seen online here and there.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Send them my way.
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VeeXanya9 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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MightyMewtron Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I've ever been oppressed within the fandom, but more that non-bronies think that only guys like the show. I know of a lot of girls renowned within the fandom (Isn't Sherclop Pones a girl?)
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Kiara909 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is kinda fair
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04StartyOnlineBC88 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm a male fan. I have nothing against these pegasisters. What do have to say about the fandom??
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CandyCollie Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that you need to call us "pegasisters" shows me that you have a long way to go.
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wdeleon Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Part of the problem is that the term "Brony" was originally coined as a male-specific reference to perceived "out of demographic gender" fans, not a general term for all fans. It wasn't intended to become a general reference to the entire fanbase, it's only taken on that wider meaning by rather mistaken popular association over time as it came to be used improperly outside the context of the unexpected popularity with male fans phenomenon.

Given that widening of the term, though, I do think it is reasonable that female fans want to be included under the umbrella that it's sometimes perceived to cover now (that is, all MLP fans).

Personally, I prefer to just call people in this fanbase by the technically correct and inclusive phrase that probably should be used - "My Little Pony fans". To me, there's no reason to divide it into two conceptual groups arbitrarily by gender, unless for some specific reason you actually have a need to refer to individuals of only one gender or another ("Bronies" or "Pegasisters"). That's the only good way I know of to get around inclusion / exclusion problems, and also the issue that in some rare cases (gender identity being the complex thing that it is), some individuals don't truly fall into either of those terms so if those are what we were limited to using, there's a few people who would never feel included or accepted either way.
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CandyCollie Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the reason why Brony can and should be considered a blanket term for all fans of MLP who desire the title, and feel they are themselves a part of the demographic. No one else should be able to tell another person how they should identify, especially based on gender alone. ;3
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wdeleon Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but I also don't think that trying to repurpose a word is usually ever an entirely successful pursuit. It's much too hard to get rid of older original connotations that a large segment of people - the ones who first made up and started using the word - will never really let go of. "Brony" is never going to be a gender-neutral entire fanbase inclusive term to the original segment of Bronies who started referring to themselves as such with a specifically male meaning.

I just call people who are fans of My Little Pony, "My Little Pony fans". It's straightforward and it can't be co-opted for gender / race / whatever exclusionist jackassery. You're either a fan of the show or you're not, you're clearly in the group by self-identification and no one can try to tell you you're not over some asinine issue they have with what some word someone made up "really means".
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CandyCollie Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The English language contains a lot of re-purposed words. You may do as you wish, but I know many women who identify as "Brony" and they shouldn't be chastised for how they identify.
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wdeleon Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To say that because other words were repurposed should make the repurposing of this one just as easily and uncontroversially accepted is false equivalency, since the processes by which this happens vary widely - usually involving long spans of time as a buffer for a general and gradual shift almost imperceptible to most people, which is clearly not the case in what's happened here. The word didn't even exist just a few years ago, let alone decades.

I can't say I'm surprised that there's resistance encountered, is my point. Some members of the group who originally coined the word perceive this repurposing as a hijacking and a form of unwanted intrusion, and that's something I think gets overlooked a lot. People grouping up in little treehouse cliques based around commonality of gender identity within a fandom may be silly, but that's not the point, the point is that it's your treehouse, and nobody likes it when the uninvited just barge into your treehouse. You're not really fighting rationality, you're fighting human nature - the "this is something we made, for us, why should we have to hand it over to you?" mentality.

Personally, I've solved my issues with the word Brony the way that makes sense to me and doesn't invade on anyone else's perception of a right to have their own word.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I'm so happy to see you and your screen-name again. You're absolutely right. It's really concerning that some people don't even realise they're cornering others off, like the person you just replied to.
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CandyCollie Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so pleased that my commentary is appreciated!

I've noticed this a lot with many denizens of the internet; they aren't intentionally perpetuating an issue, but in their ignorance or naiveté they accidentally add to the problem. I'm eagerly awaiting your essay on this subject, as it's something you know I've dealt with heavily.
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SashikuChan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm a female. I don't see a lot of that, but It does annoy me that people refer to Bronies as only GUYS. So yea, sometimes I wish people would recognize us girls as part of the brony bunch. I also dislike it when people tell me I'm part of the target audience. I'm not in the target audience for the show either. I'm 31, single, no kids, and I watch it cause it makes me happy. I also call myself a pony artist. :) That's pretty much it. The guys are super nice to me, it's the media and such that I have problems with. I have gotten dirty looks when I go to meetups with the Brony group, but I think they were directed at us as a whole. xD I actually met some bronys on accident when wearing my MLP shirts.
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Derpylicious8 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
all...the damn..time...and it is not just sex! it is also age and nationality! I mean I am a 13 year old (you are inside the demographic so you are not a REAL brony!) girl (you are NOT a brony you HAVE to be a PEGESISTER!) british (hasbro just does not care about us us merchandise wise!)
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Boltthehedgehogrocks Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Artist
Same. Age and gender.
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boricuaswagg Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I an in the same case as you, both age and gender-wise.
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MightyMewtron Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ditto! Except the British part. Also, I have zero merchandise due to family.
WAIT, WE'RE INSIDE THE DEMOGRAPHIC IF WE'RE 13?
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Derpylicious8 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that feel bro
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KasukamaChikyu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, Alex >:3
This seems interesting. I'm looking forward to this. I would contribute, but there has never been a case where I've felt "oppressed" sooooo....
Have fun writing~
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FaithWalkers Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's unfair that we don't have our own names like Bronies do.
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Reeane Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Pegasisters"
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FaithWalkers Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know this now. I posted this a long time ago and did some research. The name is catchy. :P
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p-e-n-g-y Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They call the girls "Pegasisters"
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