Apologies for the lack of a PTotD yesterday–I actually wrote one, but instead of queueing it I accidentally saved it as a draft. You can scroll down to see it–sorry about that!
Anyway, I’ve got feminism on my brain. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Friendship Is Magic is a pretty feminist show. I have tended to assume that bronies are therefore also more inclined than the general populace to feminism, though with the caveat that, thanks to consistent and intentional misportrayal of feminism in mass media, there are a lot of people who believe everything feminists believe but recoil from the label.
That said, I’ve based the assumption on a combination of the nature of the show, the fact that I haven’t personally witnessed or heard about any major incidents, and the general self-image of bronies as being an unusually open, welcoming, and non-judgmental fandom. But that’s not really a solid basis: it’s perfectly possible for someone to enjoy a feminist show while being a misogynist, if either the feminism or the misogyny is subtle enough; I’m a man, so any misogynistic behavior would not affect me directly and therefore I’d be less likely to notice it; and the self-image of a group is generally not a good predictor of its actual behavior.
So, I’d like to ask the people reading, especially any women reading: Is your experience that bronies are more feminist/less sexist than the general populace? Do you feel that the brony community is a safe and welcoming place for women? If so, why do you think it’s so overwhelmingly male?