i actually had this conversation today
That’s it, WE CAN ALL GO HOME NOW. There won’t ever be a better graphic that summarizes sexist double standards in today’s geek culture.
THIS IS OUR CULTURE IN A NUTSHELL.
yeah, if i ever run into anybody trying to pull this crap, i will pull the rainbow dash shirt right off their chest. to be a jerk is one thing, standing there telling other people what they can and can’t like is incredibly rude in the first place, and society will brand you as a loser because of it.
but to do this, to stand there and berate a girl for liking something that has a generally male audience while wearing a shirt that represents a character who routinely does not care about gender roles and what she’s supposed to like because she’s a girl is TEXTBOOK hypocrisy; and you don’t even deserve to CLAIM to be a fan of the franchise because you can’t even begin to grasp the CONCEPT of the ever-loving TITLE in that magnificently inept little thing you call a brain!
yeah, i’m angry; i’ve had it up to here with the inconsiderate morons that call themselves Bronies because it’s popular.
i’m no hipster, i couldn’t care less if something i love gets popular, that’s great! more people i can enjoy it with! but then people stopped caring about the show itself. they stopped listening to the messages, they stopped connecting with the characters, and they stopped caring about the way they treat other people.
i once read a post that said “if grown men need to be taught about how to act by a bunch of colorful horses, what does that have to say about our society?”
it was meant to be derogatory, to paint Bronies in a negative light as pathetic people who couldn’t even dress themselves properly. i read that post in 2012, and that one sentence has stuck in my head since. now, i have a different context. the world is not as innocent as i thought it to be, women and girls are assaulted on the streets all over the world, men and boys look down on the female gender as though they’re animals to be kept, fed, and played with.
in 2010, six colorful horses and a purple dragon wandered into the world, brought to life by the ineptitude of 80’s children’s cartoons, the greed of Corporate America, and the steadfast passion of a single talented woman.
so here we are, 4 years after those magnificent ungulates first graced the glow of our screens, and instead of proceeding onward and upward in a cascade of lessons in equality and friendship, we’ve slipped into a trench with the stink and hate of a massively false superiority complex. to be quite frank, it sucks. i can’t scroll through tumblr without seeing at least one post about how awful Bronies are. i can’t talk to my cousins about MLP because they’re both young girls smack in the target demographic and they think it’s weird for a 21 year old man to be enjoying a show about pastel equines.
screw gender norms and screw all those “Bronies” who can’t even find the self-motivation to follow the lessons taught in the show they profess to love; if a little kid can learn to be a good person to everyone they meet, then an adult had better be able to.
I’m proud to be a Brony. not the stereotyped slob sporting a trilby and calling it a fedora, not a smirking twerp who thinks that it’s their divine birthright for people to treat them as royalty because they “broke down” gender norms, and certainly not a man who’s not quite passionate enough to speak his mind when he knows he should.
as of now, i’m not going to stand idly by and watch as the fandom i loved gets turned on its head by a hoard of disgustingly unpleasant people. i will stand up for the people who have been knocked down too many times, i will stand up for the show that reminded me about what it means to be a good person, and i will stand up for myself. if that’s what it takes for the world to get better, then so be it.
who’s with me?