» TRS Round Table 046: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

We’re here today to learn about Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 which aired on April 5th. Chillin’ at the Round Table to school you about the wonders of the Wonderbolts are Mr. Big, Opposing Farce, acksed, drunkill and KefkaFloyd.

Read more to find out how different learning techniques help get results.

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» TRS Round Table 044: For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils

Nobody said it was easy being a sibling, especially when both of you love to have the spotlight. For Whom The Sweetie Belle Toils aired on March 22nd, and sitting down at the Round Table to talk about the squeakiest of sisters and her deep-seated issues are ShieldedDiamond, Corpy, Niels Olof, Tears, drunkill, and KefkaFloyd. Read more to find out how squeakiness and fabulosity learn to coexist.

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» TRS Round Table 042: Somepony To Watch Over Me Review

Welcome back to another edition of the TRS Round Table! We’re here to discuss  the episode of Friendship is Magic, “Somepony To Watch Over Me,” which aired on the Hub on March 8, 2014. We’re ready to find out just how much we can get away with in talking about the episode. Joining the Round Table are Pocket, HuffyTheMagicDragon, KefkaFloyd, ComradeCosmobot, and drunkill. Read more and maybe you’ll get a bow from the hats and bows closet!

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» Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! – For Girls

Image source: http://leekfish.deviantart.com/art/Fight-like-a-Girl-437635773

Our final piece of content for International Women’s Week is courtesy of Sprocket. TRS will join DerpyNews as an additional host of “Help, My Heart is Full of Pony!”

Every time the show does something adventurous or epic, somepony will inevitably say “there’s no way My Little Pony is for girls.”  Conversely, when the show goes in a direction that somepony thinks is lame, it is not uncommon to hear “cut it some slack; My Little Pony is, after all, for girls.”

“For girls” should never be a synonym for “lame.”  The great thing about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and, in fact, Lauren Faust’s entire career, is that it challenges notions about what “programming for girls” is supposed to be, and at the same time, is still undeniably feminine.  The great thing about the brony phenomenon is that we came along and said, “You know what?  This show is awesome, and we aren’t ashamed to love it!

It’s a liberating feeling, a beautiful thing, and one of our greatest strengths as a culture.

Own that.

As for little girls, why not just be happy that this generation of children is getting quality programming that they deserve – the empowering role models that they deserve?  Claiming that My Little Pony is so awesome that it couldn’t possibly be for girls isn’t really much of a complement.  Look at it this way: If you found yourself back in time, face-to-face with a little red head named Lauren Faust, and could give her only one message, would you really want it to be “you’re lame”?

My Little Pony, while designed to be enjoyable by everyone, still has a primary intended audience of little girls.  I’m not afraid to admit that.

I love Equestria with all my heart.  Happy International Women’s Day.
-Sprocket

Help!  My Heart is Full of Pony! is a column on Derpy Hooves Newsa blog on the heartfullofpony tumblr, and a new addition to The Round Stable. 

» Fixing The Problems Women Face in the MLP Fandom

Continuing our International Women’s Day week content is today’s editorial, written by forum members rudecyrus and ShieldedDiamond.

It’s hard to pin down why Friendship is Magic became so popular outside of its intended demographic of 6-10 year old girls. Perhaps the focus on character and not just marketability allowed the show to reach across generations. The internet certainly allowed fans to organize and communicate, but the surge of older, male fans was unprecedented. Suddenly, a large number of twenty-something men were willing to declare that they were fans of My Little Pony. At first, this crossing of age and gender boundaries was a positive thing—it allowed FiM to become more popular than it could have normally. However, the fandom has done some very questionable things that show it needs to change.

The fandom has exhibited sexist tendencies, which includes bullying and harassing women and making threats against those who try to change the status quo. Rape is seen as a joke. Femininity is frowned upon. The point of this article is to expose these practices and convince readers to fight them.  It’s possible the actions documented here are only representative of a small part of the fandom – or it may represent the majority. Either way, there is too much of this behaviour and not enough pushback against it. There needs to be a concentrated effort to curtail this kind of thing.

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» Atop the Shoulders of Giants: Male Privilege in the Brony Community

It is something given to you the moment you are born. It elevates you, and gives you power over others. It helps you to go farther, beyond any kind of limits that hold others back. It can give you safety, comfort, and help when you most need it. It allows you to break past the walls and barriers that society creates for its inhabitants. Despite all of this, it is not something you are aware of. This gift makes you blind and deaf, to yourself and to others.

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» Podcast: Bronies for Good on Feminism and the Fandom

Bronies for Good teamed up with us to produce a podcast panel discussion about feminism and feminists in the Pony fandom. Think of it as an audio version of a TRS Round Table! The panel consists of the following members:

  • Sonya Lynn, Convention Chair of BABSCon.
  • Factory Factory, moderator emeritus and contributor to the TRS Forums.
  • Lilli, a regular poster on the TRS Forums.
  • TechPhek, Writer for Derpy News and Pickle Barrel Kumquat, and editor of the MLP G4 Merch Tumblr.

The podcast was produced by Rommel, InC, and the Bronies for Good organization with assistance from The Round Stable. 

» Don’t Stop Crusadin’

As I sit down to type this, I am also looking at my two-month old daughter resting gently in her swing. Ever since she was born, my mind keeps wandering to the same whimsical question: what is this little girl going to become when she’s older? Will she enjoy the outdoors, or art, or athleticism? Will she spend her time building things, or solving puzzles, or immersed in friends and fashion? More than that, will she find roadblocks to developing certain interests just because she has two X-chromosomes? Or will people trivialize her talents, hobbies, or life pursuit because it’s so stereotypically feminine and therefore unworthy of praise or consideration? I don’t have the ability to make all these decisions for her, but at least I know I can set her off on a good path.

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