My Little Bronies

When "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" premiered in 2010, the cartoon attracted a surprising new fan base: men, aka bronies. Cristen and Caroline explore the brony origin, who they are and what it means that a group of men, young and old, are proudly embracing their love of an animated show for little girls.

Episode sources:

"Bronies." Know Your Meme.

"Bronies Are Redefining Fandom -- and American Manhood" by Angela Watercutter. March 11, 2014. Wired.

"Bronies: The Colorful Side of Millennial Escapism" by Jessica Goodman. May 01, 2013. Mashable.

"Brony psychology 101: What 2 researchers discovered" by Lauren Rae Orsini. July 12, 2012. The Daily Dot.

"Bullied boys' My Little Pony bag barred, Bronies #StandWithGrayson" by John Bowman. March 19, 2014. CBC News.

"Child attempts suicide after being bullied at school for being a fan of My Little Pony." Feb. 04, 2014. ABC News.

"Don't laugh, but bronies may be propping up one of America's favorite companies" by Caitlin Dewey. April 23, 2014. The Washington Post.

"My Little Pony Corrals Unlikely Fanboys Known as 'Bronies'" by Angela Watercutter. June 09, 2011. Wired.

"Pony Up Haters: How 4chan Gave Birth to the Bronies" by Una Lamarche. Aug. 03, 2011. BetaBeat.

"Suvery of the Brony Subculture, 2nd Ed." by opspe and Verbose. 2012. Scribd.

"The Internet Is Magic: Exploring the Wonderful World of My Little Pony Fandom in Bronies" by Molly Lambert. Nov. 12, 2013. Grantland.

"Tribeca Film Festival: Bronies, Now a Movie Genre" by Cara Buckley. April 23, 2014. The New York Times.

"Yes, There's an Air Force Class Flying With My Little Pony Patches" by Angela Watercutter. Aug. 05, 2013. Wired.

Academic insights:

"Of ponies and men: My Little Pony: Friendship is magic and the Brony fandom" by Venetia Delano Robertson. Jan. 03, 2013. International Journal of Cultural Studies.

Topics in this Podcast: bronies, fandom, brony, my little pony, best of 2014