have you ever had the urge to spoil somebody and buy them everything they’ve ever wanted because they are just so wonderful and you love them a lot and they deserve all of the nice things??? then u realize u are broke and sad
Reblogging this because it keeps showing up on my dash and I keep not-quite raining on the parade, but it seems like everyone thinks this means something different than it does, so I guess I’ll rain on it a little bit.
I’m afraid this motion has nothing to do with conquering the gender binary or whatever Tumblr is really happy about to be reblogging it so heavily. It’s not about making little children feel like they can get whichever toy they prefer. It’d be nice if it was, but I’d be shocked if that was the case.
No, the girl toy here is a My Little Pony. Which means that the *real* reason for this notice is that a bunch of bronies, as there are bajillions of photos and videos of them doing, are coming into fast food restaurants and buying several happy meals. They threw pissy fits when asked if they wanted the “boy or girl” toy, insisting that My Little Pony isn’t for girls or whatever, again, only saying this because of overwhelming evidence that bronies do this shit. Management eventually has enough of it, asks employees to just ask if people want Skylanders or My Little Pony so they won’t have any more disgusted bronies getting mad that their precious fandom is targeted at crappy dumb little girls.
So the short version is: this little paper unfortunately means the exact opposite of what you think it means, socially speaking. It was put up because grown-ass men get all pissy when it’s suggested that they like a thing for girls.
So the outcome SEEMS like it’s gender neutral, while the ACTION is actually male (Brony) as the default (customer). I just… I will never get this Broni thing? Ok? Never. I wasn’t a MLP girl as a child, but this thing makes it hard to even get INTO it now.
And just brings up a thing I saw the other day - where someone was wishing AppleJack and Rainbowdash could be made to act and appear ”more feminine’.
… Yeah. Not even my fandom and I’M all WTF?!
I can’t even.
A few months ago, I’d have tried to ‘feel’ it by imagining if Fedoras took over She-Ra or JEM. But then, Fedoras actually took over JEM so - yeah.
I am never going to be ok with Bronies and here’s why. The first time I met my boyfriend’s nieces, I was chatting with their mom and I noticed that they are all in love with MLP. And I mentioned the movie and she said they went once, but she decided not to take them again because the first time there had been too many adult men without children in the audience.
So, the reason I’m not ok with it is that adult men have taken over a space intended for young girls. And they’ve done so in a way that makes that space no longer safe for young girls.
Well fuck. When you say that?
At first part of me felt and generally does feel someway, about assumptions on non-child accompanied men in certain places. Bear with me. My mind goes to widowers/grieving parents, male queer couples contemplating parenthood and people who only physically seem adult but mentally are not. Then my mind goes to what I know some women have gotten away with re: societal attitudes about women without children in child oriented spaces.
Then my mind flicked to being in a theater, with a bunch of adults reacting in adult ways and those adult ways being full of misogyny and rape culture and the hard sexual element that seems to be part of ‘Broni-hood’ - and two little kids sitting in the middle of all that. [emphasis mine]
And now I realize, that’s not the only part. The chance to bond with peers via an expedition to the movie of a beloved franchise? You’d now have to group together and buy out a show and thus it all be people you kind of know already. No chance of your kids, your girls, giggling and making eye-contact with someone else their age wearing a certain t-shirt, etc…
It’s an invasion of a woman only space, or at least a majority woman only space - that these assholes think and unfortunately ARE getting away with - because it’s a ‘junior woman only space’. And their attitude is not just that women don’t count, it’s that young women - young girls don’t count. Young girls don’t get to have ANYTHING. Not even the things propped up in pink - not if it’s deemed ‘good enough that it SHOULD be for ‘BOYS/MEN’.
I guess I should rephrase my ‘don’t get’ with ‘won’t accept the bullshit of’ - cause I DO get the message; “Girls don’t get ANYTHING.” And it’s fucked up.
On the surface; MLP or Skylanders should be gender neutral. But it isn’t. It CAN’T be when what precipitated the change was ‘the social stigma of girlhood’.
The second I saw what the toys were I knew it was the bronies.
*sigh* As someone who’s asked for both toys, and having a fiance who’s asked for both as well, we’ve gotten looks, and even people blatantly disregarding what we asked for. However, we’ve always tried to be ok with it. One time I switched out a toy for another one because the clerk didn’t even ask. I was polite and courteous, and just said “Excuse me, I wanted the other toy.” But no, Bronies whined and got pissy and got what they want, when people like me have to get looks and “funny” remarks from staff because of who I am, and it makes me fucking uncomfortable every time. In regards to MLP, I used to love that show, too. I thought it was very fun and great for kids of all ages and genders. Bronies fucking ruined it.
I don’t think that bronies should be discriminated against, sure they are taking a seat in the theater. But, that seat is meant for a fan of MLP. Saying that the seat is for a girl and they are discriminating goes against your point. If you want equality than you should accept men in a place where it is seen as ‘female’ as well as a female in a place or situation that is seen for ‘males’. I think that it should go both ways. Not just one.
The problem isn’t that there are men who like MLP. The problem is that they demand it’s for them, and not for the original target audience. There have been people searching for MLP stuff that have encountered straight up porn because none of these bronies have any care for the audience outside of themselves. Now, there are some male fans of MLP that are great. I know a few of them, and they’re the type who love good cartoons. However, they understand the target audience, and why it’s a good show in that regard. It’s just like how the PR/toku community wants everything to be dark and gritty, and also the comic community too. They forget that the shows and comics they love were made for a specific audience that they were once part of. They enjoyed it because it appealed to them at that age. Now that it doesn’t, rather than changing their tastes, they want to have the best of both worlds, relaxing in nostalgia but also having their shows grow up. New generations aren’t allowed to enjoy these shows, and with the Bronies, it goes one step farther by not allowing a whole gender AND generation to enjoy a show that was specifically crafted for them. In fact, the whole reason it was good is because the creator, Lauren Faust, had set out to make a good cartoon for girls because TV was severely lacking in that department. At the start of the Brony fandom, she enjoyed the idea that others outside of that audience acknowledged the show’s quality. The Bronies took that as meaning that Faust was making the show for them, and not for the 5 - 8 girl audience. That’s the biggest problem I see. Hey, I love Power Rangers and I know it’s not made specifically for me, but that doesn’t mean I demand it change for my desires. Besides, the desires of Bronies are disgusting.
Yea I completely agree with you, that they shouldn’t try to change the show into something sexual as that is not what it is. I was more replying to this comment “It’s an invasion of a woman only space, or at least a majority woman only space - that these assholes think and unfortunately ARE getting away with - because it’s a ‘junior woman only space’. And their attitude is not just that women don’t count, it’s that young women - young girls don’t count.” I don’t think that it should be seen as a woman only space, the creators of the show may have intended it to be meant for females, but now the larger audience includes males and I think that is awesome. So, no the bronies shouldn’t be able to change the show into something that it’s not and I agree that little girls searching MLP shouldn’t find porn. However, the bronies shouldn’t be told that it is a place only for girls just as females shouldn’t be told that other shows are not a place for them.