Essay about My Little Pony: the Magic of Gender Equality
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a critically acclaimed children’s animated series developed by Lauren Faust. The series is an update of Hasbro’s original 80s phenomenon. It shows themes that may seem typical on children’s programming such as moral values, gender equality, the meaning of friendship, teamwork, and helping those in need. However, what makes this show stand out from the rest? The show takes a different approach in children’s programming, using a technique that not only applies to girls, but to boys as well, with the characters’ distinct personalities, cultural references, and comedic charm. My Little Pony teaches its audience how to be a better person in society or in their community by …show more content…
Personalities and identities are very varied in the series. While this show is intended for girls, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the characters will be stereotypical girls. “Individuals are born sexed but not gendered, and they have to be taught to be masculine or feminine” (Lorber 338). What Lorber means by this, is that we are influenced into act a certain way depending on our gender. In the show we see that each character has a different personality and behavior, and does not necessarily follow a gender norm. For example, we have Rainbow Dash, she is an athletic pony, as she loves to race and be active. She would also be considered as a tomboy towards society, as her interests are mostly common in typical boys.
However, from another perspective this might have created a set of stereotypes for the show. If one pays attention to the characters, one might notice that each character represents a common stereotype. Perhaps the series’ producers thought this would be an ideal way for young girls to identify with a specific