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Ms. and MLP

Fri Dec 24, 2010, 10:06 AM
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: the ocean
  • Reading: Cleopatra
  • Watching: Christmas documentaries
  • Playing: jigsaw puzzles
  • Eating: mangos, pineapples, starfruit and coconuts
  • Drinking: ginger tea
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A little while ago, it was brought to my attention that there was a blog post at Ms. Magazine criticizing My Little Pony: Freindship is Magic for being homophobic and racist.  Many fans of the show posted to defend the show.  I was so incredibly grateful.  I decided to post a defense myself, and to my surprise, I was contacted directly by one of the editors of the blog.  She graciously apologized that the post had not been more closely vetted, and offered me the opportunity to write a rebuttal.

I am a proud feminist.  And I have held Ms. Magazine is very high respect since I discovered it as a teenager.  I was so appreciative that Ms. had contacted me in this matter so I took them up on their offer.

Have a read, if you're interested, here.  If you like the post and/or the show, please leave a comment!

The original post is here.

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PichuGamers Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can You Maybe Make Twilight Marrying Someone And Then A on Based On Their Child Or Something? Please! Just One More Series.
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ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are other things this show should be criticized for than that.
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SupahCat2 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Artist
HIV thats what I want to do to you right now.
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PereMarquette1225 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I am a big fan of MLP: FIM myself. I believe you made the show entertaining and engaging in more ways than one. God bless, and well done.
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BrightStarEternity Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder if you expected all the fans of the show.
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TheRedDragoness747 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say I'm completely blown away by the ridiculousness of those accusations. I wonder how long they sat and looked at the 'Meet the Characters' page JUST to come up with that?

I say we send them to the moon.
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MurasakiRein Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I'm commenting very very late in response to this!

I can't believe someone would see themes like racism and homophobia in Friendship is Magic! That is completely and utterly INSANE!

I'm really commenting because in your rebuttal you said everything I'm trying to communicate in a paper I'm writing for my English 101 class. The assignment is a TV Analysis paper and I am writing about how Friendship is Magic breaks the stereotypes of shows for young girls and the previous cartoons in the My Little Pony franchise, itself! I couldn't find any reliable sources (I do most of my personal research on Wikipedia which is where I originally read everything about FiM when I first got into it...so yeah.) but then I randomly check out this journal and find an awesome source from the creator, herself! :D
I might sound silly for thanking you for creating such a great show that empowers young girls. But that is what I am doing. I was a girl who preferred to play with a toy castle, knights, and dragons than with barbies. And reading your rebuttal and writing this paper have made me love MLP: FiM on an even deeper level than I think I did before.
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Kaloyan-Alett Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
One of the main reasons I love the show is the wide, diverse spectrum of strong female characters in it. There aren't enough shows out there that show women in the spotlight without them getting all stereotypicaly "girly".

We need more shows out there like your My Little Pony that show women are plainly equal and can take the lead without having to resort to some big show of it. I've seen plenty of shows have a strong female characterful but generally she's strong because she's been pushed around by "the man's world" and she basically takes a "I'm mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore" stance. Sure she's displaying strength for a fair reason to the character but it shouldn't be the only way to show a strong female.

My Little Pony shows female characters being strong and supportive of their friends, not because of anything that's happened to them but because of who they are.
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Angel-Anthem-Maker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
That Kathleen Richter Sounds like a real bitch.
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Pinkie-Ponyluv232 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student General Artist
I made a stamp about this: [link]
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