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Back to the content 'Just a thought/rant'
Probably because of the expect reaction of one's peers and co-workers to learning of one's interest in this regard.
It's perfectly normal and acceptable for me to have a conversation with someone else at work about last week's episode of Bing Bang Theory. Nobody will raise an eyebrow if I come to work wearing a Firefly shirt, and even saying "Live Long and Prosper" in casual conversation is unlikely to elicit a negative reaction.
On the lid of my laptop, I have a "Weyland-Yutani" sticker
, and the desktop wallpaper on my PC in the lab is the famous parody of daVinci's "The Last Supper" from season 4 of Battlestar Galactcia. These things identify me as being somewhat of a sci-fi geek, however they are not considered to be deviant or aberrant behaviors. In other words, nobody is going to question my sexual orientation or suspect that I might be a
based on any of this.
By contrast, if I were to show up at the office wearing a "20% Cooler" shirt, or change my desktop background to Pinkamena, or try to engage a co-worker in a serious conversation vis-a-vis the moral ambiguity of labeling Queen Chrysalis as a "villain" in the context of her underlying material drive, well... It's pretty safe to say that any of these things would evoke an undesirable response. I have, in fact, tested these waters a few times, by mentioning pony-related themes in an ironic context
(eg: yeah, we might as well slap a pink pony on the damn thing if we're going to use THAT logo)
, and have observed the expected reaction.
(continued in next reply...)
(continuing from #25...)
So, to your point, I have mixed feelings.
On the one hand, I feel no need to proselytize or blab incessantly to others about MLP. I'm not actively trying to make anyone Join The Herd, I'm not an obsessive collector of MLP merchandise, and I do have a life outside of the show.
On the other hand, I DO feel that I need to conceal from others the fact that I watch and enjoy this show, in a way that I have never felt about any other popular media. Eg: nobody is going to feel any differently about me regardless of whether or not I admit to them that I enjoy watching Homeland or The Simpsons, or how I feel about the way that Spock is being depicted in the new Star Trek movies.
The same cannot be said of My Little Pony. Admitting that to your friends and co-workers can reasonably be expected to elicit a reaction which is in many ways comparable to (and in some ways worse than) "coming out" as a homosexual. If anything, I would posit that in the present-day, public acceptance and tolerance of homosexuality is probably far
than that of adult men watching a cartoon about magical pink unicorns.
I've found during my brief participation with this fandom that the debates inevitably lead to the same conclusions that are reiterated almost verbatim by the myriad group of people making them and arguments that are incorrigibly recursive. The whole thing is senselessly cyclical. Once conceals their proclivities from an almost implacably hostile group of peers, yet continues to act contrary to the sexual dogma that drives antipathetic reception of bronies. Most often, people enjoy the show clandestinely to avoid the criticism of their friends and family, and also most often there is no actual reason for those friends and family members to criticize other than that the demographic doesn't fit. That argument doesn't go far, but as it is the only one that exists, it is the theme of dispute that is constantly reiterated and reinforced by those who are hidebound enough to accept it as truth. Despite the knowledge that being set into defined gender roles is illogical and fallacious, bronies keep their secret in groups with whom they shouldn't have any secrets, and the reason is unanimously the same: to avoid the confrontation that will have no resolution because of the tenacious stigma of segregation between the sexes.
I'm not very good at ranting, but I guess what I'm trying to say is that this issue of actually being a
is a common experience for the entire fandom.
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