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. http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/bronies

"Bronies Are Redefining Fandom -- and American Manhood" by Angela Watercutter. March 11, 2014. Wired. http://www.wired.com/2014/03/bronies-online-fandom/

"Bronies: The Colorful Side of Millennial Escapism" by Jessica Goodman. May 01, 2013. Mashable. http://mashable.com/2013/05/01/bronies-hey-ocean/

"Brony psychology 101: What 2 researchers discovered" by Lauren Rae Orsini. July 12, 2012. The Daily Dot. http://www.dailydot.com/society/my-little-pony-brony-study-results/

"Bullied boys' My Little Pony bag barred, Bronies #StandWithGrayson" by John Bowman. March 19, 2014. CBC News. http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/03/bullied-boys-my-little-pony-bag-barred-bronies-standwithgrayson.html

"Child attempts suicide after being bullied at school for being a fan of My Little Pony." Feb. 04, 2014. ABC News. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9418200

"Don't laugh, but bronies may be propping up one of America's favorite companies" by Caitlin Dewey. April 23, 2014. The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/04/23/dont-laugh-but-bronies-may-be-propping-up-one-of-americas-favorite-companies/

"My Little Pony Corrals Unlikely Fanboys Known as 'Bronies'" by Angela Watercutter. June 09, 2011. Wired. http://www.wired.com/2011/06/bronies-my-little-ponys/

"Pony Up Haters: How 4chan Gave Birth to the Bronies" by Una Lamarche. Aug. 03, 2011. BetaBeat. http://betabeat.com/2011/08/pony-up-haters-how-4chan-gave-birth-to-the-bronies/

"Suvery of the Brony Subculture, 2nd Ed." by opspe and Verbose. 2012. Scribd. http://www.scribd.com/doc/153051752/Survey-of-the-Brony-Subculture-2nd-Ed

"The Internet Is Magic: Exploring the Wonderful World of My Little Pony Fandom in Bronies" by Molly Lambert. Nov. 12, 2013. Grantland. http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/the-internet-is-magic-exploring-the-wonderful-world-of-my-little-pony-fandom-in-bronies/

"Tribeca Film Festival: Bronies, Now a Movie Genre" by Cara Buckley. April 23, 2014. The New York Times. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/tribeca-film-festival-bronies-now-a-movie-genre/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

"Yes, There's an Air Force Class Flying With My Little Pony Patches" by Angela Watercutter. Aug. 05, 2013. Wired. http://www.wired.com/2013/08/air-force-my-little-pony/

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. http://ics.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/01/03/1367877912464368.abstract

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