There are many who would laugh at a grown woman watching My Little Pony; two grown women, if you count my adult daughter. Believe me, I know. I’ve heard the laughs and comments from other adults. Most people, upon hearing the title, “My Little Pony, think back to the show that was on in the late 1980’s-early 1990’s, which I used to watch with my daughter when she was just a little one.
The show that is on now is a complete re-boot. I was reintroduced to it by my daughter, who had rediscovered it based on a recommendation from another feminist blog.
The six main (or mane, if you will) characters, ponies all, are strong, powerful, and female. I would most definitely identify them as feminists. Each of these ponies has her own qualities, and are aware of their strengths, but as with most women, they are unaware of the potential of their inner power.
In our patriarchal culture, women are taught to compete with one another, usually for the attention of men. We have to be prettier, smarter, thinner than every other woman. If we are not, it is deemed appropriate for us to become *bitchy* or *catty*. These are definitely NOT good qualities.
It is only when a crisis brings five of these ponies into contact with the sixth, Twilight Sparkle, who has just recently arrived with her own magical power, that they discover their individual innate power and strength. These powers are brought out into the open by “The Elements of Harmony”, jewels that can only become active when worn by the pony with the corresponding element. These elements are what is needed, not only in their world of Equestria, but in the world that we live in; they are honesty, kindness, laughter, generosity and loyalty. These Elements are represented, respectively by, AppleJack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity and Rainbow Dash.
The six ponies go on an arduous journey to find these jewels, for as women know, the struggle to find our inner power is never easy, nor should it be. It is in the search, the struggle that we find what we are looking for.
These Elements of Harmony are brought together with the ponies, and activated by the magic of the newest arrival, Twilight Sparkle. It is she who has the power to show the other ponies where their individual powers lie, because MAGIC MAKES IT ALL COMPLETE.
They are the perfect example of a circle of *sisters* coming together, where the sum of its’ parts becomes stronger than each individual pony. While each pony/woman is strong in her own right; it is together that they find they can accomplish anything and throughout the seasons, that is exactly what they do. They learn that it is not just when they are working together with the Elements that they are stronger. Throughout the episodes, each pony has lessons to learn in asking for help and reaching out to each other when another pony is in distress.
As women, we are strong, unique and powerful, each in our own right, but in a circle of our sisters, we become stronger, strong enough to change the world with honesty, kindness, laughter, generosity, loyalty, and of course, our magic!