Rebecca Angel, author for GeekMom of the Wired magazine has come to our defense. In a roughly 1600-word article she tackles and destroys one by one several of the inane prejudices about us—annoying myths about pedophilia, delayed maturation, character stereotypes based on sexual orientation, and general creepiness.
“There’s something quite creepy about them.”
I was taken aback by this statement because I’m currently writing with a group of adult women who regularly partake in culture aimed at young boys. Was it creepy for me to enjoy Avatar: Last Airbender? And I mean, I really enjoyed it: I would stay up late catching up on episodes after the kids went to bed because I couldn’t wait, I skimmed through DeviantArt on a daily basis looking at fan art, I had a crush on Zukko for goodness sake!
And that’s just the start. The world (especially here on the internet) is full of women who love fantasy, science fiction, and comic books, which are predominantly created and marketed to young men. Are we creeps for enjoying Star Wars? X-Men? Bleach? What’s with the double-standard?
She even likens elements of our sociolect to Carmina Burana.
There is terminology that goes with the culture including my favorite: “plot.” When a brony talks about plot, they are NOT referring to the events happening in the storyline, rather “plot” are the flanks of a pony. As in, “I only watch the show for plot.”
This made me roll my eyes, typical college guy. I just attended a fantastic concert of Carmina Burana, a classical piece of music inspired by poems about drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust written by college boys in the 13th century. Bronies turning a literature term into one about lust is completely normal, though immature.
Finally, she ventures the guess that escapism may be a factor in our love for the show. I only have to watch an hour of Democracy Now! to see how that may be true for many of us, and I immediately have songs and covers by MandoPony playing in my head. Surely, however, the show has numerous other merits that each alone warrant a whole fandom of those who can appreciate them.
An intelligent and compassionate article, naturally, engenders intelligent and compassionate comments. They are worth reading, too.