As an addition to my last post about Bronies and manhood, I want to add that another aspect of “manhood” is the idea that men must always be in control. Men must always know more than women, be in charge of the situation, and be the one who makes decisions. That idea plays into the construction that men must pay for dates, must make more than the woman, must drive on a date, should choose the restaurant, should make all the decisions, hold doors, pull out chairs, etc… the framing is that they’re “taking care” of women, but it is also about them being in control. And men are very threatened by having that control be taken away no matter how much they complain about it. I’ve had more than one date get really angry at me for wanting to pay my own way because it takes away their control, and the idea that I would owe them after. If I pay my own way, to them, I’m an equal, and free to do my own thing. They feel less in control.
This relates to fandom similarly. Men feel threatened by the “incursion” of women into what they see as their spaces. As women expand in society, it becomes more and more important to manhood that men have their own spaces, because they cannot define themselves as “men” without being able to do things that women can’t. Hence all the policing of “fake geek girls”, the tests to prove that women don’t actually know anything about their favourite comic book, or the idea that they must be a better gamer than any woman who walks in. Sexual harassment, gendered put downs, rape threats, etc are all about this, keeping it a male space, preserving it from women, and keeping men in control. They’re the ones defining the worth of women in their spaces, and which women are, and aren’t, allowed in.
In the same way, “Bronies” that police other MLP fans, that chase out girls, that create a space unwelcoming of girl fans, are establishing the fandom as a male space, under the control of men. As I said in the last post, this is not breaking down gender roles, it’s merely an expansion of manhood into typically “girl” territory. It doesn’t share space, it doesn’t break down manhood, and it doesn’t tell men it’s okay to be girls, it just tells men “it’s okay to like this because it no longer belongs to girls, it belongs to you, and you are in control and must keep control for it to remain yours and not a “girl thing”“.
emphasis mine. That last bit though, that is exactly what is wrong with brony culture. They took a great opportunity to expand the concept of masculinity and what it means to be male/a man in our society and warped into back into the same old shit.
MaxVeers: Rapist Brony and Brony Rape Apologists
(Not Written By Me. Written by another)
Before I begin, I want to make this point very clear: this post will have severely upsetting discussions of statutory rape. Multiple people have already been triggered due to this situation. There are tons of rape-apologia, victim-blaming, slut-shaming and hugely damaging, rapist-protecting attitudes and comments in this post. Please be aware of this, and please proceed with caution.
The moral of this story: Some Bronies are rapists, and even the non-rapists will defend rapists to their last breath. In a fandom filled with young, underage girls, this cannot be allowed to go unnoticed.
This all began on September 8th. The cap of the full post, with discussion between Max Veers, his brother, and the victim, is here: Screencap I will be providing quotes below.
This article is enraging. I know a few folk in the SoCali convention staff scene, and I hope they are aware of and do not allow the cons they are involved in to use this asshat. Because as of right now, the article lists him as a staffer at two area (Brony-not-the-cons-i’m-involved-in) cons. This person has a position of power over attendees, and that’s very what the fuck.
This man has repeatedly applied for (and in some cases, received) staffing positions at Brony conventions, including EquestriaLA (current staffer) and Bronycon (applied for security). Please do not let it be forgotten that he raped an underage girl.
As it stands, he is not currently banned from any conventions. Let’s change that.
Right, so. I can’t draw battles. At all. So I drew the Avengers as ponies!
True fact, this picture took me twice as long as any other picture I’ve worked on all day.