A little more about myself:
I am a social work graduate student, going for my Master's. I've been on deviantART for some eight years now, and have been keeping up with the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series. While I wouldn't consider myself a brony, I love the show and I love seeing the beautiful artwork that the fans create. The show, the creators, and the fans have wonderful qualities that I admire. My ultimate career goal is to become a therapist and to work with immigrants and refugees, representing the people whose voices are not heard.
Inspiration for the Project:
Social Work education puts a great emphasis on social justice and diversity. I was sitting in a diversity class one day and the subject of internet communities came up. People were okay with the idea of internet communities until the professor brought up the Brony Phenomenon. People quickly switched from preaching tolerance to cringing about the idea of grown men liking My Little Pony. I felt indignant at their response because a close friend of mine is a brony. The fandom has done good for him, giving him social connections even as he moved from state to state. I wondered to myself: Should I be standing up for them?
Yes I should. I may not be able to defend my position on the spot, but I can put together data. I want to examine the Brony Phenomenon as a different type of diversity that bears amazing strengths by defying gender roles, prizing tolerance and acceptance, and inspiring artists such as yourselves.
How do I participate?
Message me and tell me about yourself! I'm interested in your story.
- Why are you a brony?
- What does the show mean to you?
- Has the show or the fandom made an impact in your life? In the way you think, treat friends, or see yourself?
- Have you told others that you are a brony, and if so, what was their reaction?
- Have you created a custom character based on the show? If so, what are they like (color, mane, personality, cutie mark). Why did you choose to make them that way?
These are just guiding questions and you don't have to answer them if you want, but anything you're willing to share, I'm willing to listen and learn from. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to hearing your story.