Why would a blog aimed at women be writing about Bronies? Why? Because, these are our brothers in this world and something’s been bothering me. My Little Pony. Well, no. My Little Pony doesn’t bother me. When I hear about a little boy who was bullied so much about liking My Little Pony that he tried hanging himself, that bothers me. When another young boy is told he needs to stop bringing his My Little Pony lunch bag to school, because it instigates bullies, that bothers me.
Let’s take a little trip back to the 1970s.
I played with Star Wars figures. I played with trucks. I wrestled around. I liked exploring and playing in the dirt. I also wore dresses and was the worst athlete ever. One girl even said I’d never be able to find a husband when I grew up, if I couldn’t play football with him.
No one considers this out of the ordinary. It’s okay for a girl to like Star Wars. After all, we have Princess Leia, right? Wrong. I liked the other figures a hundred times more than Princess Leia. My favorites were R2-D2, C-3PO, and Lando Calrissian. So, why is it okay for girls to like “boy toys”, but not the other way around?
Look at My Little Pony. First, there are male characters. (Big draw: Discord is played by John de Lancie. Trekkies know him as Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation. That’s a reason to like it right there.) Second, the clips I’ve seen remind me a bit of Animaniacs. Third, the show is about friendship. Why are friendship and kindness only considered feminine qualities? Because, we live in a tough world and need to develop our hunter instincts for enduring cruelty? Maybe if more people were taught that kindness is NOT a weakness and is an asset, we would have a better world.
Maybe if bullies were put in front of the show and paid any form of attention to the writing and the message, they’d have less to pick on. Who am I kidding? If a bully wants to hound you, they’ll always find something. If it’s not a My Little Pony lunchbag, it might be your clothes, you’re too fat, you have glasses, you talk funny. They have their own problems. Why should someone else have to change because no authority figure wants to tell the bullies what jackasses they are? Changing who you are doesn’t make the difference. There is always going to be something.
My favorite thing about the Bronies is they take the friendship and kindness message to heart. Even the most shy Bronies learn to open up and make new friends. Because, they feel safe.
If My Little Pony isn’t your thing, no problem. Despite me laughing at a few clips, I have, yet, to see a full episode. If I followed every fandom my friends are a part of, I’d have no time for anything else. There are so many fandoms out there, right now, you can’t peep your head outside the door without stumbling over one. It doesn’t matter what you like. As long as your tastes aren’t harmful to anyone, then enjoy. It won’t make you less of a man or woman.
Honestly, a gorgeous, military guy who also likes My Little Pony would be twice as hot. What do you say, Ladies?
Be who you are. Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You Down.