My Little Pony: the Magic of Gender Equality

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The Magic of Gender Equality

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a critically acclaimed children’s animated series developed by Lauren Faust. The series is an update of Hasbro’s original 80s phenomenon. It shows themes that may seem typical on children’s programming such as moral values, gender equality, the meaning of friendship, teamwork, and helping those in need. However, what makes this show stand out from the rest? The show takes a different approach in children’s programming, using a technique that not only applies to girls, but to boys as well, with the characters’ distinct personalities, cultural references, and comedic charm. My Little Pony teaches its audience how to be a better person in society or in their community by
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She also takes the moral responsibility in her group of friends, always giving advice or cleaning up everyone else’s messes. The show generates a positive set of stereotypes that helps its young viewers to choose as their personal role models as they watch the show. Children like looking up to someone, and usually the people they look up to are presented in the media.

The series also demonstrates the opposite of “The Smurfette Principle.” As defined by Katha Pollitt,“A group of male buddies will be accented by a lone female, stereotypically defined” (545). In the show, it’s the opposite. All the female ponies are accompanied by Spike, a boy dragon who is Twilight Sparkle’s assistant and roommate. He’s described as a slightly immature young boy, who sometimes causes trouble and needs the help of the older female ponies. He’s not shown as the alpha male, instead they show him as dependant of his female companions. Other male characters in the series are just shown as secondary characters, making background or limited appearances. But on the positive side, at least the series still show that males are present.

According to an article on Wired Magazine, the show has gained a great cult following, surprisingly mostly by older males between the ages of 15-35. What quality does the show exactly have that makes it appeal to older audiences? Is it perhaps the pop culture references, or is it popular because it’s ironic to like the series since it’s

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