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I’m not sure when my nine year old son and I started watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on Netflix. The show differs from past generations is that it shows how important friendship is and moves away from the “girlie” personas the previous generations portrayed, showing girls that they can be anything.
But the show has become more than a show for little girls. It has developed a cult following among male teenagers and young adults who call themselves Bronies. At the last “Bronycon” there were over 10,000 attendees. There were stuffed animals, posters, pins and more, all to share the pony love. Girls/Women are also welcome and they are known as “Pegasisters”.
We went through the whole series and Tyler asked me not to tell his father that he was a fan. I kept the secret from Grant, wanting Tyler to be able to trust me, and it’s not like it was a serious secret!
Then Tyler got into everything “MLP”; reading comic books, books and watching the myriad of You Tube videos and websites dedicated to the show.
Finally, Tyler came clean with Grant. He is never comfortable keeping a secret from one of us. Grant was a bit mad that I kept the secret from him and he was a bit uncomfortable with our son being a possible Brony. (Personally, I think he is too young to be put into that category.)
He asked that I didn’t buy any toys for Tyler, but Tyler really wanted a two inch Derpy so I got him one for Christmas.
I’m not worried that Tyler’s love of “MLP” means that might mean he is a homosexual, nor would I love him any less if he was one. His favorite pony is Fluttershy who is shy and loves animals. Each of the ponies represent wholesome values and each show teaches friendship, kindness and compassion. What could be wrong with that?!
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