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Scientific Community Recognizes Bronies

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www.dailydot.com/society/bronies-brony-my-little-pony-study/

Researchers strive to
understand bony culture
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Last summer, Dr. Patrick Edwards had never heard of bronies, the teenage and adult fans of My
Little Pony: F is Magic.
That is, until his son Will "came out" to him as one.
Now bronies have attracted the attention of the scientific
lib" Little Pony‘ fans stoic in . Sparked by Will' s big reveal, psychiatrist Edwards
DI Sire and Dr. Marsha Redden, are in the midst of
Mi Ii In l E Hi Em . the brenn ' s first professional survey, called simply
Irony Study.
Edwards, who teaches undergraduate psychology at Wilford
College, went to tell his colleague, Redden, about Will' s big
reveal. Though Redden is not teaching this semester, the two
share an office wall and frequently discuss the intersection of
culture and psychology. Redden was equally
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place of their own intrigued.
The two did some Googling and decided to dive deeper.
Neither researcher could have anticipated what happened next. In the months that followed,
each began to sympathize with the kind, brenn community. In turn, the
community has rewarded them with a frontarmy seat to brenn culture as it is created. Said
Edwards:
Rarely have scientists had the opportunity to study a fan phenomenon from its inception.
One of the most common questions I get from students is, Ihre you a bony,’ and I say no
because I have to keep my objectivity, but I am a brenn booster."
We' re using this survey to study [the brony community] from the beginning and see how
it' s evolving."
Redden, who does not watch the show, said she thinks both researchers’ clinical backgrounds,
which include adolescent therapy, have prepared them to be open minded. After several months
of studying bronies, she doesn' t think, based on scientific evidence, that the group is as weird as
they' re made out to be by some.
We really do regard ourselves as scientists first and foremost, and we have a duty to report
what this is without a lot of bias," she told the Daily Dot. "But what we' re seeing isn' t as bizarre
or strange as people think."
Instead, Redden believes that the tandem is a normal response to the anxiety of life in a conflict-
driven time, she said.
tta
I think bronies are a reaction to the LLB. having been engrossed in terrorism for past ten
years, living on the edge the same way my generation lived through the Cold War. They' re
tired of being afraid, tired of angst and animosity. They want to go somewhere a lot more
tlt
At first, Edwards said, bronies were leery of the survey. When he first posted it on Ponyville,
pleasant."
Reddit, and Faceebook, some worried it was a ploy to make them look bad.
Edwards and Redden blame the mediating reporters like this bronies' vari. ness. The
two said that reporters are looking among bronies to find outlandish characters, while they as
scientists are looking for a fair representation of "the herd."
In general the media has not been kind to bronies, especially Fox News," Redden said. "One of
the Fox people even mentioned drug use, which has absolutely nothing to do with any part of
the culture. We know the media wants a character, but we get frustrated because that' s not an
accurate representation."
Edwards hopes the media will learn from the study' s objective example, he said.
tta
I think if and when media makes a more positive presentation, bronies will come out
speak openly about their experiences."
Even though the brenn community had made him "jump through a lot of hoops" to gain their
trust, at Bronycon, Edwards felt he' d finally achieved it. Edwards, his wife, and their son Will,
made the drive up from Spartanburg, South Carolina to Manhattan so he could attend as a
panelist and report the survey' s findings.
When I got up and made the presentation, the reception was overwhelming. I got a standing
ovation. I think the bronies realized we weren' t going to put them down," he said.
In the next few months, Edwards and Redden plan to release a followup survey. Now that
they' become a part of the community, they feel comfortable including less innocuous
questions and even exploring what Edwards called "the dark side" of brenn fandom. The two
also plan to publish their findings in scientific journals and eventually write a book about the
phenomenon.
A few months ago, we had no idea what a brenn was or that it existed," said Edwards. "Now, I
was just telling a colleague that Marsha and I are the nation' s premiere embryologists"
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User avatar #187 - jurneyk (02/25/2012) [+] (7 replies)
"And in conclusion, there just happened to be a large population of homosexuals who happened to enjoy the same tv show."
User avatar #196 to #187 - mazzyrazzy (02/25/2012) [-]
Actually the study showed that a large portion are heterosexual.
#3 - teamrocketninja ONLINE (02/24/2012) [+] (32 replies)
Stand back. Theres science going down.
#210 - tablespoons (02/25/2012) [+] (3 replies)
Faust is no god amongst cartoonists   
   
She did Fosters. Okay, not bad.   
Powerpuff Girls. I liked that show, it was gritty, action filled, with comedy   
But thats it.    
   
I've sat through 3 episodes (Winter wrap up, one when fluttershy loses her chicken, the one when the one with wings is butthurt about losing) and I wasn't 						****					, but the jokes were sorta dry and the show was just infantile (expected from the target demographic).   
   
The show seems to just be overhyped, and people are gonna thumb me down for this (love and tolerance my ass), but its just not as good as the regular show.
Faust is no god amongst cartoonists

She did Fosters. Okay, not bad.
Powerpuff Girls. I liked that show, it was gritty, action filled, with comedy
But thats it.

I've sat through 3 episodes (Winter wrap up, one when fluttershy loses her chicken, the one when the one with wings is butthurt about losing) and I wasn't **** , but the jokes were sorta dry and the show was just infantile (expected from the target demographic).

The show seems to just be overhyped, and people are gonna thumb me down for this (love and tolerance my ass), but its just not as good as the regular show.
#166 - deathlordgusta (02/25/2012) [+] (10 replies)
lol what would happen if the scientists discovered R34?
User avatar #220 - shmoopy (02/25/2012) [-]
Wow. If they just took a trip to some of the chans, they would find out how bronies started. You ready for this?

Oldfags returned to 4chan and raided /b/, /a/, /tv/, /r/, /v/, /vg/ and probably others with pony threads (this was before the inception of /soc/ and before /r9k/ came back up). Eventually, people caught on and the newfags desperately attempted to copy the raids by spreading it to other sites. This caught fire and a metric ******* of pony related images were created. This caused a bunch of casuals to find the show and watch it. This is the part that pisses me off about bronies. Most of these ******* wouldn't even like the show if it wasn't "cool" or if there wasn't a cult following. Bandwagoners and sheep just following the next popular thing.
#103 - iambrony (02/25/2012) [+] (1 reply)
Excellent. I can't wait until bronies become a full-out counter-culture.
User avatar #140 - ivoryhammer (02/25/2012) [+] (10 replies)
There's nothing to analyze about them, they're just weird. Like those fat guys who obsess over those tiny little details in things like Star Wars or Star Trek that nobody else gives a **** about while they type angrily on their new alienware laptops with red hot cheeto stained fat sausage fingers.
#218 - lyzb (02/25/2012) [-]
"Kind, friendship-loving brony community" Clearly these people have never witnessed an internet discussion between a brony and a non-brony...
User avatar #120 - tacoiiimaniac ONLINE (02/25/2012) [+] (2 replies)
"The Dark Side"? Does he mean by chance, rule 34?
User avatar #121 to #120 - mazzyrazzy (02/25/2012) [-]
Yes, stuff like that. The more perverted side of the fanbase.

But don't cringe. Every single fanbase has a dark side, and we're no different. It's nothing we should be ashamed of. I, myself, am not into rule 34, especially on ponies, but I don't judge people who do.
#87 - imaginationtaken (02/25/2012) [+] (3 replies)
<--- why i watch MLP
User avatar #78 - Kitsunehunter (02/25/2012) [-]
If only there was a major in Bronyology
#102 - thecatholic (02/25/2012) [+] (15 replies)
I watch MLP because I can't watch the latest Doctor Who episodes (largely because I'm too lazy to find them, but partially because- well, MLP, what else can I say.)
I watch MLP because I can't watch the latest Doctor Who episodes (largely because I'm too lazy to find them, but partially because- well, MLP, what else can I say.)
User avatar #34 - ILoveFurries ONLINE (02/24/2012) [-]
I want to know what the book will be titled so I know how to find it.
#22 - rhodesgirl (02/24/2012) [+] (5 replies)
User avatar #125 - kinectguy (02/25/2012) [-]
where do I go to school to become a "bronyologist?"
#216 - tazpy (02/25/2012) [-]
If "the dark side" of this fandom is what I think it is. Then for the love of God, DON'T. Just don't!
#185 - anonymous (02/25/2012) [+] (9 replies)
I dont hate mlp, i hate bronies. why? because all you guys ******* do is is post ponies, talk about ponies, watch ponies, and everything else under the sun with ponies. its really obsessive. i love dbz, yet you dont see me posting dbz pics all the time, watching it every chance i get or anything like that.
#188 to #185 - pinkythepie (02/25/2012) [-]
<<Is it really that horrible if we post pictures like theese? D:
#181 - ziighostiiz (02/25/2012) [-]
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#19 - SemiAnon (02/24/2012) [+] (3 replies)
If you replace &quot;brony&quot; with &quot;homosexual&quot; it still sounds right.
If you replace "brony" with "homosexual" it still sounds right.
User avatar #30 to #21 - SemiAnon (02/24/2012) [-]
This went way over everyone's head. I was saying that it's almost exactly like an article from the 1950's attempting to understand gay people.
But since you wanted to defend that, the study found that very few bronies admitted to being bi or homosexual.
#5 - iaccidentlied (02/24/2012) [-]
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