I know at least some of my regular readers are women. I find myself somewhat urgently (it’s for the book) needing to know more about what it’s like to be a brony who is specifically a woman/pegasister/whatever you prefer to call yourself. I feel like a lot of attention is paid to male bronies and very little to the women in the community, and I know I’ve been guilty of that myself in some of my articles, so I’d like to try to write at least one article specifically about the experience of brony women.
Anyway, any story you’d like to tell about your experience of being a woman who is a brony is welcome, but if you want a prompt I’d especially like to hear any of the following:
- Do you feel that, compared to the larger society or other fandoms to which you belong, the brony community is more/less/about equally a welcoming and safe space for women?
- Do you feel that women are well-represented and recognized as contributors within the brony community?
- Do you feel that media about bronies (news articles, Equestria Daily, the Bony Study, the Brony Documentary, etc.) accurately and fairly represent the women in the community? Do you feel that these sources adequately acknowledge the presence and contributions of women in the community?
- Is there anything that you feel is unique about being a woman brony as opposed to a woman in another fandom/the larger society? Anything that you feel is unique about being a woman brony as opposed to a male brony?
My readership is pretty small, so statistically speaking there aren’t that many genderqueer or intersex bronies reading, but if so, I’m interested in your experiences, too. Basically, I feel like the experiences and feelings of bronies who identify as men are well-documented, everyone else’s less so, and I’m looking to try to do my small part to help correct that.
Please share your stories in the comments or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want them to be more private. I would like to quote the stories in the article where possible, so please let me know if I have permission to do so, and how I should credit you or if you would prefer to be anonymous. I’m in crunch time on the book, so I’d like to have the stories by the end of the day Saturday, June 29. I know that’s very short notice.
Finally, if you know anybody who might have the kinds of stories I’m interested in and would be interested in sharing, please guide them here.