Rule 34 and the Mane Six

Musician MandoPony has been contemplating the sheer quantity of sexed-up pony pictures out there, and yes, there are some pervs in our midst, but there’s more to it than that:

It’s rare for female characters to be strong leaders who can take care of themselves and save the world over and over again, but they exist in this show. It’s awesome. The ponies don’t need guys to “save” them. They don’t need men to fawn over them. (with the possible exception of Rarity!) They don’t need men to guide them. They don’t need men for anything. Neither do they look down on male characters. They’re neither above, nor below, the males. They’re totally equal and very capable of taking care of themselves without help from the opposite sex. It’s true equality. I freaking love that.

For most guys, I think this idea messes with their heads. It’s so beyond their reasoning skills that they have to objectify the female characters in order to accept them. They need to sexualize the characters in order to bring them back down.

This makes sense in the context of demographics: the 15-25-year-old guy who puts impossibly large crotchboobs on [name of pony] likely has yet to adjust to the reality of life among Actual Women. (As I haven’t, but then I can’t draw.) Of course, this failure to adapt goes both ways, so this term is non-gender-specific.

And this theory does not exclude a possibility more blatantly obvious:

People are perverts. They like to draw sexy versions of everything. Male, female, animal, vegetable, mineral, it doesn’t matter.

Then again, when was this not true?


  1. McGehee »

    25 January 2014 · 8:12 am

    Rule 34 existed while our ancestors were still swinging from tree branches.

  2. fillyjonk »

    25 January 2014 · 10:17 am

    I suppose if the show were “My Little Geodes,” there’d be people drawing quartz crystals with large mammaries.

    I have to admit the “we still exist even without boyfriends” vibe of the show appeals strongly to me, as someone who seems to have failed at the “pairing up” part of adulthood. But I also like the fact that the (relatively few) male ponies exist alongside the mares without being put down or made to look terribly stupid. (Bulk Biceps is a possible exception there)

  3. CGHill »

    25 January 2014 · 11:39 am

    You’d be appalled at some of the stuff done to Tom.

    As for The Stallion Formerly Known As Snowflake, he’s not dumb; he’s just outsized and badly suited for some pony pursuits.

  4. CGHill »

    25 January 2014 · 12:40 pm

    Then again, look what almost got done to the Powerpuff Girls.

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