I don’t watch much My Little Pony. In fact, I watch as little as I can. But I have a 4-year old girl who’s obsessed with the show, so I’ve been involuntarily exposed to it. And I can’t help noticing a few things.
Every named character is a girl. Actually, there is one character who’s a boy, but he’s someone’s pet, and he’s not a pony. The ruler of the kingdom is a princess, and there’s no king or princes, so far as I can tell. In fact, according to my 4-year old, none of the ponies have fathers. (They all died, though fortunately for the ponies, they don’t miss them.) There are some no-named boys, but their job seems to be to pull carriages for the girls, when the girls feel like riding in carriages, instead of walking. (Or flying. A lot of them seem to be a able to fly.)
Are there any “My Little Pony” experts out there who can set me straight? Is the show less sexist than it seems?
FWIW, my daughter regards boys as an inferior species, somewhere between dogs and bugs. She was literally speechless when she found out I was one of them, but seems to have decided to make an exception for me.