Sherilyn Connelly

Sherilyn Connelly

Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer. Her work can be found in anthologies including but not limited to It’s So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style by Seal Press, Good Advice for Young Trendy People of All Ages by Manic D Press, and Unthology No. 1 by Unthank Books. She’s contributed to the periodicals Instant City, make/shift, Other Magazine, and Morbid Curiosity. She’s also written about movies and television for Medialoper and the popular Gawker Media blog io9, and she currently reviews movies for SF Weekly and The Village Voice. She also co-hosts Nose Hair Lint Gland on Radio Valencia, much to their chagrin.

Ponyville Confidential

The History and Culture of My Little Pony, 1981–2016


Beloved by young girls around the world, Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise has been mired in controversy since its debut in the early 1980s. Critics dismissed the cartoons as toy advertisements, and derided their embrace of femininity. The 2010 debut of the openly feminist My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic renewed the backlash, as its broad appeal challenged entrenched notions about gendered entertainment.

This first comprehensive study of My Little Pony explores the history and cultural significance of the franchise through Season 5 of Friendship Is Magic and the first three Equestria Girls films. The brand has continued to be on the receiving end of a sexist double standard regarding commercialism in children’s entertainment, while masculine cartoons such as the Transformers have been spared similar criticism.

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