There’s a bit of a flurry on the man-o-sphere about defining masculinity. Ideas and subjectives flutter hither and thither about the role, definition and status of man and masculinity; Mens Rights Advocates are getting their (metaphorical) balls chopped off for trying to institute Meninism, emulating the enemy: “We are all equal, and now women have become the oppressors!”
Enter the Bronies. Amongst the left, the bronies are pretty uncool - They lack the power-fantasy fuelled, adolescent drive to #OccupyWherever and don’t go around signing up to Black Bloc anarchist brigades. It’s all about love and tolerance. To the right, the bronies are the final harbinger of the downfall of western civilisation:
“These are some very confused people… men translating their meekness into any kind of crazy fetish they can.. This society has replaced the idea of masculinity with an idea of men as perpetual boys who want their toys”
- www.groin.com (masculinist advocates)
Which leads to this:
Bronies themselves, on the other hand (hoof?), generally regard themselves as pretty together guys who like the show, and tend to have a fairly cuddly but not extreme leftist view of the world - which is ironically totally at odds with the anti-cultural marxist conservatism of the characters and show universe.
For the sake of keeping up posting consistency and my sleeping pattern, here is the explanation as it is left in comment form elsewhere.
Traditionalist gender roles are reinforced by My Little Pony rather than attacked by it. For example, soldiers and labourers are universally male in the show, as are most of the athletes. In one episode, Twilight Sparkle, the uber-pony with the strongest magic, causes a complete disaster by trying to do the work of male farm worker colts. It’s also worth noting that both the dragons that feature in the show have both been male, and even in instances where the “Villian” is male, it’s inverted; the “Diamond Dogs” are industrious miners who have accumulated masses of gems and built underground caverns. They are ultimately “defeated” by submitting to a female pony simply so she’ll shut up rather than through any show of revolutionary force.
In a nutshell, the genders do not compete on egalitarian playing field, each has their own distinct role that, when transgressed, leads to distaster. The concept of “Equality” simply does not occur in ponyville, everypony deals with reality as-is and QED concepts of political equality and wealth redistribution are totally absent. Perhaps your own words [groin.com authors] are best used here:
“[In Ponyville] each gender has a role which is essential and cannot be denied. These roles are preserved by the fact that they are distinctive, and cannot be swapped.”
In keeping with the anti-egalitarian cutie mark phenomena, and the total absence of political clout to be haggled over, (The Mayor is the Mayor because she has the Mayor cutie mark), My Little Pony presents a clear and simple message to feminists: Women are meant to be women, and do what they are intended by nature to do, when it suits their nature - Other times, they might just be Rainbow Dash. Instituting culturally marxist social pressure onto women to do otherwise (See Winter Wrap Up), leads to disaster. Men and women are different, and equality is a subjective preference, not a function of wealth. Would Applejack be any more “Equal” to Hoity Toity if Celestia took the latters wealth and redistributed it to the former? They would remain completely different ponies with completely different inherent strengths and weaknesses.
Until the West recovers from its liberal aberration and MultiKulti coma, the genders will always be at war, each trying to politically muscle their way into the others natural role, and becoming the more neurotic and distraught for it. When Twilight Sparkle got upset she wasn’t cut out to be a cart pusher, she didn’t start a feminist lobby to get women affirmative-actioned into the construction industry - She applied herself and found her true innate ability instead. Feminists, stop looking outwards for an invisible oppressor, and look inside yourselves instead.