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Numbers and ponies don’t mix.

26 Nov

The highbrowed analysis isn’t limited to wordsmiths. Here, budding physicist Stephen Magnet breaks down the physical impossibilities portrayed on the show and warns of the dangerous message that could be sent to children.

More than 1.2 million people have watched this. Check out his math after the jump.

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Boys don’t cry. Bronies do.

25 Nov

Nigel Kirk, founder of Calgary’s Jane Taxpayer, spoke about how Bronies are a form of pseudo-feminism during a presentation at the Magpie Treasure Talks last June.

Kirk contends the majorly male group are challenging the definition of masculinity by professing their adoration for a show targeted to little girls.

It’s okay for Bronies to cry, It’s okay for them to be emotional, it’s okay for one guy to hug another guy, and to put a bit of emotion behind it. Typical males? No. But it’s a part of what defines many members of the Brony culture.

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The Grand Galloping Gala

24 Nov


It’s easy to dismiss the My Little Pony franchise as a ploy to brainwash little girls into badgering their parents to buy overpriced plastic horse toys with colourful manes. Not so!

There’s more going down in Ponytown than the casual observer would think.

Scholar Walton Wood makes a case that each episode focuses on values such as tolerance, kindness, sincerity, sportsmanship, and other socially positive messages. Don’t believe it? Check the sources! We talkin’ about Baudrillard, biatch.

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