My Little Pony


My 4 year old daughter simply will not tolerate television shows and books without girls. My Little Pony, Pokemon, Scooby Doo, New Looney Tunes, Amanda Pig, Ladybug Girl, and anything with princesses. There has to be a girl. This I find remarkable given the kind of cartoon fare with which I was raised, and yet not so unremarkable given what she now can expect and demand. Her 9 year old brother is also fascinated by Little Pony, and will watch it for hours. He’s not being nice to his sister. We think that for both of them it has something to do with the characterizations beneath the surface, the rough little ponies, magic, and a little bit of malevolence. The big surprise is that they both like big, aggressive crocodiles on National Geographic. For some reason, these don’t upset them.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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