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.
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 compliment. 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.