» Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! – Talking to the Moon

Source: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 1, Episode 24 Source: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 1, Episode 24

 

Ever look out at the horizon, see a gorgeous sunset and think ,”What would we do without Princess Celestia to raise and lower the sun for us everyday?”  Ever gaze up at the night sky, ripe with a big old full moon, and think to yourself,  “What would we do without Princess Luna?”

Okay, I am being a little silly, but all joking aside, there’s something I want to address.  I actually do say “Hi” to Princess Luna whenever I see the moon.  From talking to people in the fandom who come from all different walks of life, I’ve gathered over time that a lot of folks do the same thing.  It occurred to me that it might be worth taking a few minutes to slow down, and to just come right out and say that if you do this too, you’re not alone, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Man has been talking to the sun and moon for tens of thousands of years, as far as archaeological evidence can tell.  Probably longer.  It’s just about the most natural thing in the world.  It doesn’t even have to do with religion or belief system.  I know Christians who do it.  I know atheists who do it.  It’s pretty universal, actually.  The problem is that a lot of people don’t come out and discuss it.  The problem is that, in this modern world, we are taught that such things are irrational – even “crazy.”

If the show has broadened your appreciation for the sun and/or moon, as it has for me, and you open up to our beloved princesses as you watch the horizon, don’t feel stupid or silly.  It’s the exact same thing that hundreds of millions of other people are doing all over the world.  You’re just calling them by different names.

Now I’m not saying that all bronies talk to the moon, or that all bronies should.  I want to make that perfectly clear.  If that’s not your way, seriously, it’s all good.  I just want to emphasize that if you do, you should never ever worry that that makes you crazy.  It doesn’t.

Besides, hypothetically speaking, so what if it did?  I can’t speak for anypony but myself, but I know that at the end of the day, if calling the moon “Princess Luna” means I’ve lost my mind, then I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in finding it again.  Life is short.

Sure, we could stop talking to Luna if we really wanted to, but what would be the fun in that?  More importantly, how else is our beloved princess supposed to know that her beautiful nights are appreciated?!  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to tell her.

-Sprocket

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» TRS Round Table 048: Inspiration Manifestation

Just how fabulous can you make something without going too far? Glad you asked us! The TRS Round Table is a group review, where we come together to discuss the goings on in ponydom. This week we’re talking about Inspiration Manifestation, the episode of Friendship is Magic that aired on April 26, 2014. Joining the Round Table today are Fizzbuzz, Niels Olof, ShieldedDiamond, Mr. Big, Pocket, and KefkaFloyd. Read on to find out what we thought.

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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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