Stop using the word “PEGASISTER”
Everypony is a brony.
I guess I didn’t elaborate enough.
Everyone knows that Brony is a word for both Males and Females. So why do we need to make a new one for girls all of a sudden? Whoever came up with this most certainly as misguided on what…
I understand what you’re saying, and I agree that Pegasister is dumb, like we’re somehow adjuncts or special cases. But Brony is gendered too, both in root and in public perception (Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, NPR? Non-male fans are an afterthought to their representations at best, and no one is really bothering to disabuse them of the idea). What started as a clever way to express the idea that anyone, anyone, could watch and enjoy this show, became self-reinforcing.
How many times have you heard the question, “what do we call girl bronies again?” If everyone knew the term was all-inclusive, how would this ever have come up? How would we even have gotten to the point of using Pegasister?
My response to this a few months ago, and it broke my heart to do so, was to stop identifying with this parallel pony fandom entirely. I still watch, enjoy, participate, but if you ask me, I’m a pony fan, or I’m part of the adult female peripheral demo the Hub identifies in the WSJ article. I’m not a Brony or a Pegasister, because what we needed for the start was a word as inclusive as the show’s message was to begin with. A word for male, female, genderqueer, androgynous, every other gender identity, every age, anyone and everyone.
But it’s too late for that now.