In this article, I want to give a little background on the subject of microaggressions and provide references to more formal studies, for the topic has recently been the center of several heated debates on DeviantArt and image boards.

One caveat: I will not euphemize any pertaining terms. For further information on the use-mention distinction, see Wikipedia and Language Log. A trigger warning may still apply.


Pierce et al. (1977) observed that “the chief vehicle for proracist behaviors are microaggressions. These are subtle, stunning, often automatic, and nonverbal exchanges which are ‘put-downs’ of blacks by offenders,” which is probably the first use of the term. Since, the definition, specifically of “racial microaggressions,” has been widened to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” (Sue et al., 2007) They observe furthermore that “perpetrators of microaggressions are often unaware that they engage in such communications when they interact with racial/ethnic minorities.”

This definition can be further expanded to include a wider range of minorities. Kevin L. Nadal, author and associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, adapted the definition to “Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward members of oppressed groups.” (Emphasis added)

I doubt that mules are oppressed in Equestria, but apart from that, there are two instances in which two of the mane six inadvertently insulted a mule (in “Applebuck Season” and “Hurricane Fluttershy”). Of course they promptly apologized (“No offense.”) when they noticed their faux pas. What this example, by analogy, also shows is that, as Burn et al., (2005) put it, “heterosexuals, deprived of seeing whom their comments ultimately harm, are not inclined to carefully monitor their colloquial speech (Thurlow, 2001).” (The mule was voiced by James Wootton, by the way.)

Nadel et al. (2011) conducted a qualitative study to test and refine a originally seven-point, now eight-point taxonomy of microaggressions. They term these categories “themes,” as they are largely perpendicular to a previously established taxonomy of three “types,” microassault, microinsult, and microinvalidation (see Sue et al., 2007). It should be noted, however, that “this study focused solely on sexual orientation microaggressions or microaggressions experienced in everyday lives by LGB people. Although there may be similarities between sexual orientation and transgender microaggressions (i.e., microaggressions experienced by transgender or gender-nonconforming people), there are complex differences between these two groups, warranting separate studies. In addition, because it is important not to conflate sexual orientation and gender identity, the researchers believed it was important to examine the experiences of these two groups separately.”

The following are the eight classifications taken directly from the study, which illustrate and exemplify very well what forms microaggressions can take.

“Use of heterosexist terminology.” This very central theme refers to both intentional and unintentional denigration of LGB individuals, e.g., through heterosexist jokes or comments. In particular, “participants described certain words such as ‘faggot’ and ‘dyke’ as denigrating to them, sending the message that it is inferior or undesirable to be LGB.” A quote from a participant:

I recently opened up to my friend about [being gay] and he’s a guy … and just the other day I was at his house and were talking about other people and he would describe them as like, “faggot,” and it would get to me.

The researchers observed that in some environments it still seemed socially acceptable to use such language, be it directly (“When you’re angry at someone, you can call them a ‘faggot’ and that’s still okay.”) or what Silverschanz et al. (2008) call ambient heterosexual harassment: “Participants also described that peers used the word “gay” in negative contexts (i.e., as synonymous to ‘bad’ or ‘weird’). According to the participants, hearing such remarks was hurtful, distressful, and made them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.”

“Endorsement of heteronormative culture/behaviors.” Another form of microaggression occurs when LGB persons have to hide or disguise their sexual orientation, be it within the social context of their families, at the workplace, or publicly. One participant described her experiences with the first:

[My mother] knows that I’m a lesbian, but she is in denial. She doesn’t want to see it, so I have to act a certain way. You know, act heterosexual, not mention anything about me having a girlfriend or anything like that to make her feel uncomfortable or make her say anything offensive toward me. So, I have to act completely different at home.

“Assumption of universal LGBT experience.” This theme describes the degradation experienced by LGB persons when others expect them to comply with societal stereotypes they don’t identify with. Two participants reported:

They’re making it seem like everybody is sexual and smutty-buddy and, you know, every gay man is an interior decorator or sells hair for a living, you know. Even at my job … if you work in stocks, then it’s a straight guy, but if you’re on the beauty floor and/or you’re a cashier, you’re gay.

Since I dress a little bit more feminine than most other lesbians they might take [my identity as a lesbian] as a joke or make offensive statements.

“Exoticization.” This theme is closely related to the previous one, but describes the aspect of objectification and dehumanization LGB individuals are exposed to, for example, when they are treated like a stereotype. Again the researchers point out that “although the intention of the perpetrator is to be complimentary, the victim experiences a microinsult.”

This woman came up to me one night and she said … I think I made some joke or something and she said, ‘Do you know who you remind me of?’ and I knew what was coming, I just knew what was coming. She’s like, “You’re just like that Jack on Will and Grace. You’re so funny.” And I looked at her, and I said, “Ma’am, no offense, but that’s actually not a compliment.” And she was like, “What do you mean? What do you mean? No, no, I was saying you’re funny, and you’re cute, and you dress nice.”

A lot of guys would think, you know, because I’m into both guys and girls that I’ll be like down with the threesome kinda thing, and it’s like ugh, get over yourself.

“Discomfort/disapproval of LGBT experience.” This name is fairly self-explanatory. One of the participants in the study gives an example:

I was in college, and I came out to a friend who was very conservative Christian, and she didn’t say “I’m going to stop being your friend,” but she did say she was sorry to hear that because “I believe you are condemned.”

Others gave examples of disapproving glances, overt ridicule, and also legislation such as the overturned Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

“Denial of the reality of heterosexism.” Sometimes people fail to realize the extent to which individuals with minority sexual orientations are subjected to heterosexism. Through overt disregard for their situation they can feel invalidated, or children and adolescents may even be plunged into self-doubt about the validity of their perceptions. This theme also encompasses situations in which people who have perpetrated microaggressions fail to admit their error.

“Assumption of sexual pathology/abnormality.” This theme occurs when societal stereotypes lead uninformed individuals to assume that LGB people were suffering from psychological disorders related to their sexual behavior (being “oversexualized, sexual deviants, or both”) or were suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Well, in my case, I’ve actually had some friends stop being my friends, because they were like, “Oh, since you’re bisexual and you might try come on to me” so they stopped being my friend.

“Threatening behaviors.” The participants reported another kind of experiences that did not neatly fit into any of the categories established by the previous themes. They often found themselves in threatened with physical assaults. Such assaults, of course, could not be classified as microaggressions, but the hostile environment created by the threat can. These situations can be temporary as in the example below, but may also be permanent and recurring, for example, in the case of children and adolescents constantly threatened by the presence of bullies at their school or in their class.

I was walking with three friends of mine—all male, all gay. … It was pretty late, probably about two in the morning, and two guys were standing near a park, and we just passed by them, and one of them said, “What did you say?” We didn’t respond … and then they continued and said, “Did you just call me gay? Did you just call me a faggot?” They followed us for about two blocks and tried to start a fight.

What is also interesting to observe is how many of these themes of heterosexist microaggressions can easily be extended to accommodate forms of animadversion upon bronihood (or pony fan identity). The analogue to “endorsement of heteronormative culture/behaviors” could be the propensity of certain authors or pundits to endorse the idea that adults mustn’t like a show intended for children (even though Lauren Faust of course created it with the parents in mind) or that men mustn’t like a show intended for a female audience. The counterpart to the “assumption of universal LGBT experience” could include perpetuating the cliché of the immature, disheveled brony, the homosexual brony, and the exclusively male brony. “Discomfort/disapproval of LGBT experience” could find its counterpart in disapproval of pony T-shirts, cosplay, or the public unpacking of merchandise. “Denial of the reality of heterosexism,” of course, could translate into some authors’ idea that we are all just facetious about our love for the show.

Homonymy and Polysemy

When different words (or rather lexemes) share the same spelling and pronunciation, it’s called homonymy; when the same word (or rather lexeme) has different meanings, we talk about polysemy, “the greedy habit some words have of taking more than one meaning for themselves,” as Erin McKean put it. (The notion of identity between lexemes is beyond the purview of this article.)

Most common words have several meanings, and some (like “set” and “run”) even several hundred. This is relevant to the topic of microaggressions as especially the term “gay” has acquired very different uses in recent decades. Researchers of the University of Canberra and the Australian National University have studied the usage of the term among different age groups and found that, in addition to the meaning of “gay” as synonymous with “homosexual,” older people still recognized the sense of “ ‘happy,’ ‘carefree’ and ‘frivolous,’ ” while younger Australians increasingly understood it to mean “ ‘stupid’, ‘lame’ or ‘boring.’ ”

Usually, of course, the intended denotation is clear not only from the pragmatic context of the conversation, but also from its immediate grammatical context, as “young people (18–30 year olds) understand the meaning of ‘gay’ differently depending upon whether the subject is animate (e.g. ‘he’, ‘she’) or inanimate (e.g. ‘that film’); whether it is used with the [linking] verb ‘to look’ or the copula ‘to be’; and whether the word ‘gay’ is used in conjunction with the intensifier ‘so’ (e.g. ‘They’re gay’ compared to ‘They’re so gay’).” (Lalor et al., 2007) The microaggression, instead, lies in the implication that the homosexual person lives amidst a society that would allow a term for their sexual orientation to acquire a pejorative meaning.

The term “fag” is a different case, as it has different meanings that are typically regarded as separate lexemes as they don’t share the same etymological roots, the one meaning “drudgery,” the one in “fag-end,” which is also used to denote a cigarette, and the disparaging and offensive term for a homosexual, derived from “faggot.” Distinguishing “meanings” (of homonyms) and “senses” (of polysemes), Rodd et al. (2002) observe in their experiments that “while multiple word senses do produce faster responses, ambiguity between multiple meanings delays recognition. These results suggest that, while competition between the multiple meanings of ambiguous words delays their recognition, the rich semantic representations associated with words with many senses facilitate their recognition.”

Interestingly, the third sense of “fag” is not only widely used as insult, but has also acquired neutral and positive meanings in some limited sociolects, especially within compounds. All these senses and meanings, however, are usually well-distinguished by the context of their usage, and thus exist in parallel with minimal influence on one another.

Even though different senses of words can exist in parallel without one dominating or supplanting the other, and the intended meaning is usually clear from the context, sufficiently advanced speakers of a language are easily aware of the various shades of any given term. Any pun can attest to that: “Atheists don’t solve exponential equations because they don’t believe in higher powers.”

Effects of Microaggressions

Compared to the overt hate violence that gays may experience, the use of derogatory terms for gays by heterosexuals to refer to each other may seem innocuous and minor. However, this behavior perpetuates anti-gay prejudice and violence by suggesting that it is socially acceptable to exhibit bias against gays. In other words, it contributes to heterosexism, which Herek (1990) defines as the denigration and stigmatization of any nonheterosexual form of behavior, identity, relationship, or community. (Burn, 2000)

Numerous studies linked to minority stress theory have also confirmed that “socially marginalized groups, including sexual minorities, can experience mental and physical health problems resulting from negative social environments created by stigma, prejudice, and discrimination (e.g., Fischer and Shaw 1999; Gee 2002; Harrell et al. 2003; Kessler et al. 1999; Meyer 2003; Williams et al. 2003),” (Silverschanz et al., 2008) and a study of the behavior of 14- to 15-year-old high school students confirmed the “increasingly well-documented daily assault on the psychological health of young homosexual people.” (Thurlow, 2001) In their qualitative study cited above, Nadal et al. (2011) list a few of these mental and physical effects.

  • Among the emotions that participants reported to have experienced due to microaggressions were “anger, frustration, … sadness, … belittlement and hopelessness.”
  • In several cases, these experiences also led to “detrimental relationships with their family members, friends, coworkers, and others.”
  • Participants also discussed the detrimental role of microaggressions in “their ability to be comfortable with their LGB identities.” Especially adolescents’ self-worth can suffer, as Nadal et al. point out, affecting their personal and professional prospects: “For example, many studies discussed how LGB youth who experience school violence, heterosexist threats, or damage to their property may avoid going to school altogether (Garofalo, Wolf, Kessel, Palfrey, & DuRant, 1998; Grossman et al., 2009).”
  • Also discussed were “chronic mental health effects,” including “post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).” They also cite reference literature that documents that “LGB youth also experience higher rates of emotional distress, higher amounts of suicide attempts, risky sexual behavior, and substance abuse (Garofalo et al., 1998; Remafedi, Frendh, Story, Resnick, & Blum, 1998; Resnick et al., 1997).”

In much the same vein, Burn et al. (2005) write:

Even if heterosexist language is not used to intentionally harm LGB persons, it may be experienced as anti gay harassment and contribute to psychosocial stress. Experiences of negative treatment in society and resultant lack of self-acceptance culminate to produce abnormally high chronic stress for LGB persons (Meyer, 1995). Research finds a number of negative effects from the stress related to stigmatization based on sexual orientation (APA Division 44, 2000). This stress is linked to depression, higher suicide rates among LGB persons during young adulthood (D’Augelli, 1992; Rofes, 1983; Rotheram-Borus, Hunter, & Rosario, 1994; Savin-Williams, 1994), high-risk sexual be­haviors (Folkman, Chesney, Pollack, & Phillips, 1992; Rotherman-Borus, Reid, Rosario, & Kasen, 1995), eating disorders (Brown, 1986), school problems (Bendet, 1986), substance abuse, running away, and prostitution (APA Division 44, 2000). The experience of anti-gay ha­rassment has been found to be more common among gay and bisexualmale adolescents who had attempted suicide than among those who had not (Rotheram-Borus et al., 1994).

Another interesting dimension is added by Silverschanz et al. (2008), who, in contrast to the other studies examined in this article, extended the purview of their study to include heterosexuals and the ways in which they are influenced by personal and ambient heterosexist harassment. Their analysis proved that “heterosexual identification does not shield individuals from heterosexist harassment and its association with negative outcomes.” They further hypothesize:

Because heterosexual students experiencing HH overwhelmingly reported ambient rather than personal HH (84% and 16%, respectively), it is possible that our results can be explained by bystander stress. In other words, heterosexual students tended to suffer from overhearing others make negative remarks about sexual-minority people.

“Sticks and stones may be more likely to break their bones,” Thurlow (2001) concludes, ”but the relentless, careless use of homophobic pejoratives will most certainly continue to compromise the psychological health of young homosexual and bisexual people by insidiously constructing their sexuality as something wrong, dangerous or shameworthy.”

Causes of Microaggressions

Perhaps counter-intuitively, only some of the perpetrators of microaggressions are actually ideologically heterosexist. Burn (2000) observes:

The use of terms such as “fag” or “queer” in heterosexual friendship groups is in many cases normative. That is, it is part of the group’s culture. If the individual wishes to be identified as an ingroup member, s/he must participate in the group’s culture. The terms, which may be quite creative (e.g., “butt-pirate” and “fudgepacker”), are reinforced through laughter and frequency of use. In this way, this expression of anti-gay prejudice serves what Herek (1990) would call a social-expressive function by helping indi­viduals win approval from important others and affirm their status as “insid­ers.” Similarly, Sigelman et al. (1991) suggest that anti-gay behaviors may arise as individuals try to distance themselves from stigmatized persons out of a concern that they will be stigmatized by association (what Goffman called “courtesy Stigma”). By using anti-gay language, individuals distance themselves from this stigmatized social group. Kimmel (1994) suggests that the fear men have of being perceived as homosexual propels them to enact all kinds of masculine behaviors and attitudes, such as homophobic remarks, to make sure that no one gets the “wrong idea” about their manliness.

Ergo, what these groups lack is a Fancy Pants, an insider of a social group who is confident in their standing inside the group and courageous enough to question and to stand up to its memetic aberrations.

Another remedy against stereotypes is personal information. Burn et al., (2005), cite research indicating that “people will set aside their stereotypes and judge people on an individual basis when personal information is available to them (Hilton & Fein, 1989; Lord et al., 1994) and when they are highly motivated to form an accurate impression of someone (Hilton & Darley, 1991; Snyder, 1992).” Hence they conclude that “coming out is, perhaps, the most potent method of reducing anti gay sentiments (Davis, 1992; Garnets & Kimmel, 1993; Gonsiorek & Weinrich, 1991; Klein, 1993).”

In other instances where people “with otherwise accepting attitudes toward homosexuality call their heterosexual friends de­rogatory names,” it is possible that they “merely have not thought of its contribution to antihomosexual bias,” so that “simpler awareness efforts should succeed in changing behavior.” For instance, “many people professed that they had simply never thought of this type of behavior as gaybashing and were quite ashamed of themselves upon reflec­tion.” (Burn, 2000)

Within a fandom made up of people who are open-minded enough to profess their love for well-animated equines, such awareness efforts should fall on fertile ground. Hence, the simplest and most effective remedy and prevention measure for microaggressions may well be to politely point them out when one notices them in the discourse of others and to train greater consciousness of the “social-expressive functions” of one’s own language. If you are a member of a tight-knit online or real-life group of friends, then you carry responsibility for the culture you cultivate—responsibility that stems from the influence you wield.

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  • plaster

    excuse me, wtf r u doin

    • Hmm?

      • Hoppip

        What does this have to do with ponies or anything?

        • It is a topic of pretty general importance, and apart from the references I put in there, the whole article was inspired by a discussion of transgender microaggressions (albeit not by that name) within this fandom, a discussion which unfortunately proved the relevance and urgency of education on the topic.

          I also wanted to include an empirical survey of the language of /mlp/, /co/, /b/, and several Ponychan boards, since I had already compiled n-gram corpora of those dialects, but I didn’t have enough data to be sure that the results weren’t just noise.

          • Hoppip

            DH is not your personal blog for complaining about made-up sociological issues about how much of a victim you are.

            If you guys post any more shit like this I’m just gonna leave and go to ponyleaks or something. You guys post enough barely-pony-related stuff as it is.

          • Hoppip

            oh so I see you’re from ponyleaks then. And here I thought that was a good site, oh well, time to cross that one off as well!

  • And this has what to do with ponies? Almost nothing. We don’t come to DHN for heavily biased and unprofessional studies on microagressions, we come here for pony-related goodness.

    • Sorry, microaggressions*

      • Erk Gloom

        you know what? this kind of shitty attitude is exactly what this article is trying to dispel. Good job looking like a typical ponyfag.

      • Erk Gloom

        or should I say brony

        god you people are so disgusting

        • Anonymous

          I love how MLPG is so wrapped up in their titles for the fandom that they’re practically suffocating themselves in drama at this point.

          What a joke.

  • Commentling

    Although a little light on pony content it’s still quite interesting in regards to putting loving and tolerating into practice, me thinks.

    • Iron-Bloom

      I fully agree. While the content itself is not really related to ponies and is only loosely related to the fandom, the overall objective is both clear and important to our little cult as a whole. I’m rather thankful for Purple Tinker and DHN for bringing this to my attention.

  • Hoppip

    it’s like I’m really on tumblr

  • Anonymous

    Yeah okay. This is crap.

    We come to this website because we expect it to be a reliable source on the show and maybe some on-goings in the fandom, because it can be expected that this site goes out of it’s way to indulge in played up internet kerfuffles that other sites would indulge in.

    If this is what is going to be used as filler for the summer time then there is no real point still to come here.





    • John Doe

      What are you, autuistic?



  • sentenal01

    Where is the love?

  • Zaehlas

    An interesting bit of negativity above. I would like to point out I am about to share this on my facebook, where I have (recently) come out to everyone I know that I am a Brony. Prior to last week I kept it a bit under wraps, although certain of my friends or family knew. For me, making it public on facebook is exactly the same as me “coming out”.

    Now… I have had to deal with negative side comments about not only gay, but bisexual, AND Bronies at my workplace… which several at my workplace have my Facebook. I have not been to work since I posted these things as I am on vacation, but I am both besexual, and a Brony, and am very shortly going to have to deal with the consequences of “publicly coming out” to a number of military members on base that may not be understanding.

    This article is interesting and completely relevant to my interests at this time. Being a Brony to many people is as stressful as being gay, or bi, or transexual. As many of us as there are, we are still a minority group, so by default a study done on one minority group may have ramifications in another.

    Please don’t knock someone just trying to help, as they may have just helped me.

    • Twilight


      • Soldier

        Demoman pls go

    • I hope the article helps you educate the people around you and thwart some thoughtless and hurtful remarks you’d otherwise have been exposed to. I also hope that your coming out will achieve the same.

      And don’t worry about me. I know my audience—and for the most part it’s a virtuous and thoughtful one.

      Take care!

      • Anonymous

        Apparently you DON’T know your audience, otherwise you wouldn’t be getting this reaction.

    • Hoppip

      You do realise they’re not gonna read this huge essay and laugh at you anyway, right?

      • Erk Gloom

        You do realize people are going to read this essay and laugh at you, right?

  • Name

    This isn’t the veggie55 interview I was promised

  • Anonymous

    This garbage belongs elsewhere or to be turned in for a class research paper.
    Taking something unrelated to pony and forcing it to be is unwarranted.

  • Yeah, not exactly the shit I like to see after waking up from a severe hangover…

    • Could be worse. Arthur Dent woke up one day to find that his house was being bulldozed, remember?

  • Anonymous

    I wish we had Season 3 news instead of fandom stuff.

    Anyway, no thanks, I don’t treat a little girl cartoon as a religion or sexual orientation.

  • Anonymous

    inb4 this “news” post gets deleted

    • Anonymous

      That would do it justice at least. The last thing I want to see in my RSS is tumblrfaggotry. If people want this kind of PC shit, they can go to tumblr and wade through billions of posts like this, not-so-surprisingly from posters with the same kind of “We’re so much better at being complete beta morons than you” attitude, then cry and jerk each other off because their ableist cis scum friends just don’t get it.

  • Spazz
  • Whoah, all the negativity I read in the comments…
    While I agree the quotations from the studies weren’t brony-specific, it is easy to see how it all applies to the perception of bronies; though a bit more explicit elaboration would have been likely welcome, mostly for the complainers.
    Personally, I would be interested in reading more articles like this one. Keep it up!

    • Thanks! I’ve heard “brony” being used as a slur, but it strikes me as rather uncommon. Nonetheless, there are of course the obvious parallels I point out at the end of the definition section. Is that what you are alluding to?

      • Yes, though it seems to me that most of the complainers didn’t read the article properly; perhaps starting with a brief overview paragraph of how it all relates together would have been better in arousing attention/stopping the complaints (though I still feel them to be rather rude and uncalled for.)
        Anyway, I am terribly biased being a(n unemployed) linguist.

        • So cool! I’m studying computer science but I love to dabble in computer linguistics and linguistics in general. Both fascinating fields. :-)

          • Yes, but I am afraid I was never any good at math really…

  • Jesse

    interesting read.

  • filledwithsolutions

    So donkeys are like gay people?

    Donkeys have it pretty good, Cranky and Matilda get to live in town, in a house, and that one is baker

    How about the treatment of buffalo or sheep or cows

    Spoiler alert: Humans are fucking dicks, thats why we like ponies

    Would much rather have an article about how ponies treat the various non pony species than an article about how humans treat human minorities

    • That’s an interesting idea for a fanfic. I’ll have to check whether it has already been written.

  • Redbush

    interesting, but little to do with ponies :p.

    • Erk Gloom

      your comment is retarded and you should feel retarded

      • Blue

        That’s microabuse right there bro, you should crucify yourself now or something to make amends.

  • Anonymous

    I can feel the autism coming in the air tonightttt…hold oonnnn.

  • Anon

    You do realize love and tolerate was a joke, right? And you know where that joke came from, right?

    Sure, it’s got to suck to feel microabused all the time. But that has nothing to do with ponies, so I fail to see why it belongs here.

    And the kind of brony who goes on about the show to his coworkers is basically inviting abuse, because few people are going to understand why we like a show for little girls. Even Lauren doesn’t quite get it…

  • Marvelous TK

    Yeah… it’s not that I don’t get what you’re trying to do here, I do, really. It’s just… I don’t think you really chose the right platform for this. This is a specialty site, you know. Says right at the top, ‘pony news and entertainment’. This is… neither. It’s obviously an issue you care about, and wanted to share with the brony community. Kudos for that. Again, wrong platform. Even with references to the show and mentions of the community, it’s simply not part of what this site typically is – people come here for a specific purpose, so things outside of their purpose… are not going to be embraced so readily. Mostly, one would think it would be ignored, in favor of what they actually came to see. Or as we’ve seen, even cause a bit of backlash at the sudden, jarring inserting of something completely different.

    Again, this isn’t a bad thing to do, it’s just the wrong platform. Somewhere more… general, and preferably more suited for encouraging discussion, would probably be better. And this is the internet; there’s a hundred places where that could be just for bronies. This… just isn’t it. Sorry.

    • I think it’s pretty damn relevant to poni and our fanbase. Just look at the comments.

      • FUCK

        >Read comments complaining that it has nothing to do with ponies
        >Claim that they are proof that it has something to do with ponies

        I think I will double my efforts to instigate microaggressions as a result of this article, you cocksucking faggot.

        • Oh, apologies. I should have clarified that I wasn’t referring to the comments that claimed the article was unrelated to poni—they probably just didn’t read it—but to comments such as yours.

          • FUCK

            I’m no stranger to homosexuality. In fact, I will share with you the story of my first gay experience:

            I was about 50 yards or so up this path when I noticed a man standing off the side of the path apparently staring into the woods. As I got closer I realized his pants were down around his ankles and I could see his ass. Now, I’m straight but I have to say that it was a really nicely shaped ass for a man and I took notice. I figured maybe he was drunk and just peeing in the bushes, so I started to walk quieter so I wouldn’t disturb him. But as I got closer I started hearing strange grunts and sucking sounds. I realized there was another man blowing him.

            Now, I’m not gay but I slowed my pace down to watch. I slowed and approached the standing man from behind. His friend didn’t take any notice as his eyes were tightly closed. I came right up behind the man standing so that I could have reached out and touched him. That’s when I brought the cinder block down on his head, hard. He collapsed on top of his faggot friend and I quickly finished them both off. I rolled them into the bushes and finished my walk. That was only my first of many such gay encounters.

      • anon

        Whether people agree with the article or not has nothing to do with it, its just the wrong platform. Hell a bunch of people here might end up liking the newest Die Hard movie coming out, its not related, so this wouldn’t be the proper place or platform for it. Regardless of if the article in question, even if it is a social issue, its simply not the right front for it when the place is advertised as a site for pony stuff.

  • Anonymous

    DHN: “Here’s an article about a social stigma regarding gender and sexuality that is prevelant in our society, and how some aspects of it have been carried into the mlp fandom.”

    pretty much everyone: “Not enough ponies. I’m leaving this site.”

    • Blue

      People don’t like being preached to about shit that has nothing to do with ponies… on a site dedicated to ponies.

      In other news, the space pope shits in the woods and Telofy belongs on Tumblr where everyone else goes to circlejerk about PRIVILEGED CIS SCUM.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    What is with the comments? I say if you don’t have anything nice to say; don’t say it. If you didn’t like the article… well tough right? …

  • Anonymous

    Its not related to the show.
    Take it to tumblr you enormous faggot.

  • Anonymous

    The fandom and any similarities you claim this article points out are not related to the show.
    The fandom isn’t much of a community and doesn’t deserve this kind of attention lest we forget the source material that caused us to be here.
    A show for little girls.
    Take this shit away from here.

  • Anonymous

    Please FUCK

  • Anon

    This is why DHN has <2,000,000 hits.

    • Lance Hardwood


    • DerpySquad

      Oh no, they found out our secret.

      Funnier is the fact this butthurt causing article actually added >2000 to that hit counter, versus the average 200 to 400. Keep on trucking.

  • a

    can somebody give me a tl;dr version of this article