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

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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.

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. 

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  1. Personally, watching the show, I’ve never once had the impulse to make such comments. I occasionally hear that from friends or say it myself, but when I say it, and the way I (possibly erroneously) interpret it from others, is more like a joke than anything. Maybe my brain’s just not quite as attuned to the concept of interpreting that seriously. It just seems like an absurd notion to say that things for girls are lame, and that awesome things are certainly for guys. I suppose I tend to interpret anything I possibly can that draws from stereotype as a sort of parody of said stereotype.
    Well, I’ve mostly just been using this post to spill my personal thoughts and inner monologues. Suppose I’ll leave it here for you all to read and reply to.
    What do you think? Is it possible that most instances you hear such things, they’re said in jest? Am I naive to think that most instances I encounter are? Does it matter if they are or not; would it still be a bit harmful either way?

    • The issue isn’t whether or not it’s in jest. When tens of thousands of bronies make the same joke, it becomes part of our culture. It reinforces a negative stereotype.

      If the saying hadn’t gone viral, I wouldn’t feel the need to write so extensively about it.

      • Right, right. I tend to rarely make the jokes, and when I do, it’s usually privately between myself and people who I am absolutely positive know I’m being ironic when I say it. I can see how mass use of it, even in jest, can be harmful though. That said, I’m not sure I’d be courageous enough to call someone who I wasn’t so sure of their intent out on it face-to-face, as I’d actually like to.

        I, personally, see nothing wrong in parody and irony as it relates to stereotypes, though I think it’s very important to know your audience. When you say stuff like that among large groups and spread it throughout communities, there are people who won’t “get it,” and will agree with flat message, letting the irony fly over their heads, and that can be really bad. And then the constant parroting of the phrase could seep into the collective subconscious of even those who know it’s absurd.

        Humor is a very strange beast, in that I feel nothing should simply be off the table, but I understand certain things can be harmful to culture at large. Like I said, my general rule of thumb is, know your audience.