Scootareader Looks Into: Pegasisters

20_59_46_948_322427__UNOPT__safe_solo_scootaloo_rule_63_artist_starryoakWe’ve all heard the term. It refers specifically to a female fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Some women love it, and some hate it. We respect that; you may call yourself what you wish.

The question here is not, “What is a pegasister?” The question here is, “Why are there pegasisters? Or female bronies, for that matter?” Well, before I put my foot any further in my mouth, let’s explore this topic somewhat.

There have been female fans of My Little Pony long before the 4th iteration came about; there have also been male fans, but this is something very estranged. Male fans of the earlier My Little Pony were considered to like candy-coated toy commercials, not quality programming.

Women, on the other hand, were free to like this substandard series of shows with no repercussion. Why weren’t they treated equally in this regard? So junk TV shows aren’t okay for males, but they’re expected for women?

Lauren Faust, the creator of G4, has said that her aim was to make an all-ages, all-genders show.

Lauren Faust, the creator of G4, has said that her aim was to make an all-ages, all-genders show.

Lauren Faust noticed this trend, aiming to break the cycle of bad shows for girls. Specifically, it was her aim to create something that was “for girls,” but not “girly.” The product of her efforts is the show that we all know and love,.

So, finally there is a good show for girls on the market. It is quality stuff, quite possibly the first of its kind. Sailor Moon was decent, but not exactly groundbreaking… and Friendship is Magic happens to be groundbreaking.

Now, the reason why bronies exist is because they are an oddity. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, despite being a wonderful show, is still a show for girls. This means it isn’t supposed to appeal to a large group of young adult males. It defies modern gender labeling to enjoy such a thing.

That’s what it means to be a “brony.” Bronies are young adult males that spit in the face of what the world tells them is okay to like. It’s having your own likes and dislikes, regardless of society’s standards concerning gender.

So, what is a female brony?

Female bronies, also known as pegasisters, are young adult females that are a little bit too grown-up to like a TV show. They are outside of the target age range, and thus are not the focus of the TV show, but still enjoy it anyway. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Am I the only one that hates this stereotype?

Just because something is for your gender, that still doesn’t mean you’re part of the target age group. Friendship is Magic may be for little girls, but it should be just as strange for anyone outside the target age group to like it.

The world is, once again, dictating gender roles. “Oh, it’s okay for women to like shows from their childhood. Men, on the other hand, have to grow up.” Whoever produced the handbook on how to act masculine or feminine needs to be punched in the face. Or bucked in the face. Whatever’s more satisfying.

Maybe I should take the name of pegasister...

Maybe I should take the name of pegasister…

Perhaps this is a bit of a bold claim, but pegasisters and female bronies have just as much right to stand and declare their enjoyment of a TV show for little girls just as much as the males do. Quite a number of bronies that I’ve met are understanding of pegasisters, but it doesn’t impact them in the way that it should.

Chalking up liking of Friendship is Magic for the female audience to “Well, girls will be girls” is aggravating. So many people think that the message is lost solely because of gender that it astonishes me.

Yes, the majority of bronies are male. That doesn’t mean that female bronies and pegasisters aren’t just as significant. In dismissing the notion that older females aren’t a strange crowd, we take up arms as gender role police and become no better than Howard Stern, Fox News, and the rest of the neighsayers.

Personally, I don’t consider bronies strange, and by that same token, I don’t consider pegasisters strange. The rest of the world, however, seems to relish the reaffirmation that yes, bronies are a bunch of antisocial neckbeards living with their parents and with deviant thoughts… but women liking the show, despite being just as old and removed from the target audience? Oh, they’re fine.

Awareness breeds acceptance. You have to understand something before you can embrace it. That’s what got me to first watch Friendship is Magic, and that’s what the rallying cry of every brony, male or female, should be. I wish that the pegasisters would be more vocal about their like of the show, rather than stay silent and let the world pass them over.

I understand the appeal of trying to just be “one of the guys;” however, no one is treating the female population of G4 fans as such. I think that treating people unequally based on gender is discrimination, and, for that matter, that treating people unequally based on age is discrimination.

This eagle is correct.

This eagle is correct.

Either we stand together or we fall together. Gender doesn’t change this, nor does age—as far as I’m concerned, we’re all bronies, and we should all be equally shunned or embraced. I think that “men’s rights” is a silly notion, but gender equality, whether it be male or female, is a quite real issue, and to be taken seriously.

If it’s okay for girls to watch it, it should be just as fine for guys to do the same; likewise, if guys aren’t supposed to watch something, you can’t very well exclude women of equal status from the group. Until we’re united in love and hate, this will be a problem.

I hope that one day men and women will be treated equally in all things. I doubt it’ll happen in my lifetime, or the lifetimes of anyone alive today, but perhaps someday it will happen. I want to work toward that future… starting with brony equality.

One Comment
  1. I would not be here had it not been for a pegasister — a pegasister in her 40s, at that. Apparently she was able to reach some part of my head that floods of image macros and all the other early-fandom effluvia never managed to touch.

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