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Today was my 29th birthday, likely the first of many. Yes, I will probably be 29 for many years to come.

takashi0:

socialjusticeprincesses:

takashi0:

socialjusticeprincesses:

I want to ask our followers and my fellow mods a question, and before you answer this question, I want you to hear me out.

I think most people on the Real Justice track know that just because a guy calls himself a brony, does not mean he’s automatically a porn-loving asshat misogynist who just wants to take the show away from little girls (the target audience of My Little Pony).  There are plenty who are like that, which sucks, but I think that most of us realize that they are just the ones who shout the loudest, who stick out because they’re just so awful.  We understand that most bronies are pretty okay dudes.

Here’s where I throw you the curveball - by comparing bronies to feminists.

The thing is, all of the feminists I know are logical, intelligent, good people who want equality among everyone, no matter what their gender.  They certainly don’t agree with a lot of the stuff radfems or other awful tumblr feminists say.  (Although they are guilty of the “but they’re not real feminists” thing that a lot of us pull.)  And I think a lot of feminists are like that.  But, like with the bronies, the faction filled with horrible people is the one that often overpowers the rest.

I’m not leaving radfems and others like them unacknowledged.  Despite the attitude among many that radfems are just not really feminists, I can see the problems within the movement.  But instead of finding myself disillusioned enough to throw off the label of feminism, I just want to fix it.  And if I want to try to promote equality while calling myself a feminist, why not?

While on this blog I’ve seen a lot of people bashing feminists - all feminists - over one post or another.  Yet, as with anything, not everybody accepts, agrees with, or condones the same things.  Even within the Real Justice blogs here on tumblr, not everyone agrees all the time, but we’re still working toward the same goals.

So my question here is: why do we often treat feminists the same way many feminists treat bronies?  Why can’t we just say it like it is - that yes, there are people doing shitty things in the name of feminism that need to be called out on it, but that doesn’t mean all feminists are automatically bad people?  (People that need to get their shit together and fix their movement, but not necessarily bad people.)

This is probably a waste of time.  I probably just look like another person screaming NAFALT (which, to be fair, I kind of am?  …oops?).  But this is a question that’s been on my mind for a while, and I’d really appreciate an answer.

~Cinderella

Well for starters, Bronies do their best to keep the assholes in line while feminists just scream NAFALT and then do absolutely NOTHING about the ones who ARE like that.

Well, that’s nice to know.  I’ve never actually heard of bronies trying to keep the assholes in line.  Good for them; and now I can tell my sister that when she complains about it.  My only argument before was that Not All Bronies Are Like That.

But for one thing, you just proved my point that people assume all feminists are the same, and for another, there are feminists that actually call other feminists and radfems out on their shit.  There are other mods on this very blog that identify as feminists and still realize and call out the problems in the movement.  I mean, that’s partially why this blog was formed in the first place.

~Cinderella

I’ll admit my choice of words was poor, seeing as how I know that fact that not everyone in every group acts or thinks the exact same way.

NOT ENOUGH feminists are doing something about the Rads instead of just screaming NAFALT.

How’s that?

So as a Brony, I feel I should tell you a few things about our own PR work.

We’ve been shit on since the very beginning because of “men can’t like girly things, hurr durr” gender roles.

At first it was because of the very same neckbeard dudebro frat boys tumblr accuses us of being because they felt their masculinity was threatened by our very existence. (Along with the dumbass pre-teen call of duty fanboys trying far too hard to be cool and edgy).

And now, thanks to Yamino, Pinkiepony, and their ilk, tumblr has turned completely against us by doing the exact same goddamn shit the dudebros did, for similarly sexist reasons.

We don’t have a fucking CHOICE but to keep the assholes in line.

Because anti brony SJWs never fucking shut up about we “don’t police the fandom.” (Translation: I never witness it happen, so it never happens. Or more likely, I see it happen and pretend it doesn’t so that I have an excuse to be a sociopathic bully.)

Because the very second some asshole in a brony t-shirt or a fedora or even so much as LOOKS like a brony does something stupid/douchey, every god-fucking-damn tumblrina and their mother starts screaming, shouting and rioting like fucking baboons and points and yell "SEE!!!1 SEE!1!! THIS IZ PROOF!11 ALL BROWNIEZ R EVUL!11!1!1111!1!!!"

Hell, they don’t even need actual fucking proof to demonize us. If you’ve ever read a “brony horror story” on tumblr, there’s a 99.999999% chance it’s complete bullshit. Every single popular post on how bronies are the scum of the earth has been thoroughly debunked by based tenaflyviper.

So yeah, take a good look through those links, as well as here, here, here, and here if you want better brony defense arguments.

Here’s my take on the whole thing. A label is a label is a label is a label. We use them both to associate with one another (Exhibit A: “Hey, that guy’s wearing ‘brony’ gear! He must be another fan of the show I love!”) and to divide and conquer (Exhibit B: “Ew, that gross ‘brony’ is in the girls’ toy section. He must be looking for a little girl to molest.”). It is the unfortunate fallibility of human language that camaraderie and straw man arguments use the same fodder. We cannot describe someone without first identifying them as part of a group, which opens them up to attack from someone who stereotypes that group.

No label will EVER be sufficient to describe anyone. We are all acutely aware of this, and we perpetually stand ready to defend our ilk at the same time we skewer others who slander our chosen affinity. In fact, in this day and age of instantaneous reactions, we have internalized the view that it is necessary that we be ready to “call out” shitty behavior at all hours of the day. We are practically expected to devote our lives to it, wearing our “anti-whatever” or “anti-anti-whatever” affiliations on our sleeves. In what is perhaps the most distressing application of the No True Scotsman logical fallacy, we have convinced ourselves that all real fans of something must call out horrible behavior as some sort of proof that they practice what they preach.

But who could ever have the time to actually do this? More to the point, how many people actually want to spend time around assholes, much less expend effort searching for them? They are never going to go away, and assholes have a way of forcing themselves in where you can deal with them much more effectively than if you “pursue” them in some ill-advised internet tirade against the impure factions.

So I call things as I see them should something run across my dash, but otherwise, I’m reblogging cute pictures of ponies. Life’s too short to spend pissing and moaning about all the different ways people can be terrible to each other, and we all should be mature enough to realize that a “not all ____” argument is not only valid but unnecessary. Being a feminist doesn’t automatically make you a jerk any more than being a brony, an MRA, a Homestuck, a Superwholockhowmanymorewordscanyoufitinhere, or whatever else you identify as does. I think we should stop worrying about whether we’re calling out “enough” bad behavior and focus on whether we are living our lives the way we should. We should help the people we love and avoid the toxicity in our lives, and that includes online.

womenagainstfeminism:

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pixelkitties:

Mr. Andrews is the musical talented behind some of the most memorable orchestrations on MLP FIM.  He’ll be appearing among the veritable constellation of stars at this weekend’s Bronycon.

Steffan needed an autograph pic for signin’ at his Bronycon table.  So it is written, so it shall be done…or perhaps, sung!  

If you happen to be in the eye of the pony storm in Baltimore this weekend, please stop by Steffan’s table, say hello, and get him to sign something for you!  Your firstborn, an alien artifact, heck he’ll even sign this if you don’t happen to have any children or UFO parts lying around!

dontneedfeminism:

sjwstupidity:

chibistarr:

dumblr—feminist:

feminismisahatemovement:

bookthrower:

wtfisthinprivilege:

thisis-fat-privilege:

Aaaaaaaaaand another one for the “This NEVER Happened” file, from TiTP. Jesus Christ, this is just awful on all levels.

This is gold

In the infinite spectrum of things that happened this is the most happeningest thing that has ever happened.

Reblogging for the comments. In fact, let’s have that last one again: In the infinite spectrum of things that happened this is the most happeningest thing that has ever happened.

TITP Writing in depth fan fiction for themselves now I see?


holy shit this is the best thing. Ryu coming to her rescue, hahahaha!

Oh god my sides lol

dontneedfeminism:

sjwstupidity:

chibistarr:

dumblr—feminist:

feminismisahatemovement:

bookthrower:

wtfisthinprivilege:

thisis-fat-privilege:

Aaaaaaaaaand another one for the “This NEVER Happened” file, from TiTP. Jesus Christ, this is just awful on all levels.

This is gold

In the infinite spectrum of things that happened this is the most happeningest thing that has ever happened.

Reblogging for the comments. In fact, let’s have that last one again:
In the infinite spectrum of things that happened this is the most happeningest thing that has ever happened.

TITP Writing in depth fan fiction for themselves now I see?

holy shit this is the best thing. Ryu coming to her rescue, hahahaha!

Oh god my sides lol

offside-goal:

Getting into a fandom
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Realizing it’s full of “social justice” issues
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