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I Used to Wonder What Friendship Could Be: My Thoughts on the Friendship is Magic Series Finale

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My first experience with the fourth generation of the My Little Pony series began right around the time that the episode “Super Cider Squeezy 6000” had aired. Having seen various GIFs, images, and stories about the series and the “brony” fandom – as well as just being a fan of animation in general – I decided to give the series a try.

Several years later it’s 8:00 PM on a Saturday night and I’m watching the series finale with a mixture of nostalgia, excitement, and maybe just a tinge of sadness. In between that first watching and the finale, I had watched the series, started up an analysis site (that, well, you can see how the activity on that has been), ran a successful forum roleplay site for several years, have a fanfiction that I’m still writing, and even had a ponysona.

I think you can say I became quite a big fan of the series.

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Voltron: Legendary Defender and the Ethics of LGBT+ Representation

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With the controversy surrounding the seventh season of Voltron: Legendary Defender, I offer my thoughts on what the obligations are for creators who are planning LGBT+ representation and did Voltron meet those obligations?

Warning: Spoilers for Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 7

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The Equestrian Exclusion: LGBT Representation in Friendship is Magic

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Politics, it has been said, is the question of “who gets what, when, and how”*. We’re often conditioned to think about this in terms of materialistic goods and the distribution of resources. Who should pay more taxes? How do we pay for healthcare? What’s better, guns or butter? Yet, often the most divisive but fundamental questions in politics is the who. Who gets to vote? Who gets to run for office? Who gets protection against discrimination? In short, who gets to be a full and equal member of the community?

Right now, seven seasons into the show, it seems pretty clear that as far as Equestria is concerned, LGBT individuals don’t even exist, let alone get to be a part of the community.

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Steven Universe and Grief

I really need to make the effort at reblogging other awesome articles I find elsewhere more often. This seems like a good one to start with, addressing how grief is explored in the show Steven Universe.

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I’m not necessarily the best at taking my own advice. So when I said more than a year ago that everyone should be watching Steven Universe, I had intended to follow suit. With the exception of an episode here and there, I unfortunately didn’t get around to watching. In a way, I’m glad for it—I’d much rather marathon a show than wait for weekly updates. With the announcement of Cartoon Network renewing the show for another two seasons, though, dreams of watching it all at once (in the near future) were all but dashed, and I finally sat down to watch the entire series alongside my brother.

Me after catching up Me after catching up.

We’ve discussed a couple of Steven Universe‘s elements before, all in glowing terms. Today will be no different. As much as I want to gush over Pearl’s unmistakable queerness when it comes to her relationship with…

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For Great Justice!: Retributive vs Consequentialist Justice in Equestria

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Is it possible that Equestrian society is too forgiving of crimes? Or maybe the situation is that Equestrian society simply views justice differently? In this article I explore the question of what kind of justice does Equestria seem to favor. Does it favor retributive justice in which criminals are punished because they deserve it? Or is it more consequential, favoring the use of rehabilitation and isolation to advance some kind of societal goal?

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Eudaimonia and Equestria: Part I

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So several months back Nightsphere the Gnostic did a video describing how Equestrian society seems to serve as a model for virtue ethics. He used the virtue ethics system of Aristotle as his framework, but as I argued in my own article, The Equestrian Polis: My Little Pony and Aristotle’s Politics, Equestrian society does not seem to be following Aristotle’s model at all. Within these last several months I’ve been reading up more on the topic of ethics, and have decided to finally do a full response to Nightsphere the Gnostic’s video in order to answer the question: Just what is the good life in Equestria?

I would suggest, then, that before moving on you watch Nighsphere’s video and reading my article to get the full discussion.

I’ll be answering the question posed in two parts. In Part I I will return to the model presented by Aristotle in order to see if it can be salvaged from my initial disliking. While I honestly still believe it fails, attempting a defense of it may enlighten us as to what exactly the answer to our question is. In Part II I will offer another philosopher’s view on the subject that, I argue, is much more accurate as to what the good life in Equestria is.

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The Equestrian Polis: My Little Pony and Aristotle’s Politics

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While Nightosphere already made quite the argument that Friendship is Magic can be interpreted as a representation of virtue ethics in action, I question his statement that it is can utopia in-visioned by Aristotle. Digging into virtue ethics and Aristotle’s views on citizenship and the polis, I argue that Equestria instead presents a powerful, more egalitarian alternative to Aristotle’s political system.

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Transcendence and Princess Celestia: Humanistic Psychology and Alicorns

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Is it possible that Princess Celestia and the other alicorns are living a life in the “transcendence” stage of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? In this article I’ll be taking a look at how humanistic psychology can be used to explore Celestia’s motivations and the nature of alicornhood.

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The Aristotelian World of Equestria: Virtue Ethics and Natural Law

Yet another wonderful video by Nightsphere the Gnostic, with me being referenced *squee*….and now the bar is set rather high for me since I wanted to do an article on this *not squee*.

And my inner utilitarian wants to argue he’s wrong, but I have to concede that viewing Friendship is Magic through an Aristotelian viewpoint works really, really well.

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July 5, 2013 · 6:34 pm

Equestria Girls Review (Spoilers)

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In the lead up to Equestria Girls, I did what I could to try and remain neutral about most of the controversies that occurred in the fandom. The high school setting, the apparent presence of a love-interest in the trailers, the humanization, and other things had a lot of people worried. And in a sense, I could understand where they were coming from; the high school drama genre is generally not viewed in a positive light. Many consider it to be filled with clichés, unnecessary drama and plotlines, and forced love interests. But I remained generally optimistic about it, considering the work the team behind Friendship is Magic had done with a series that was also mocked for producing cliché, overly saccharine shows. So, how well do I think they did? Let’s find out.

Oh, and I tend to accidentally be spoilerific so expect there to be quite a bit. I have a tendency to forget that some people don’t like spoilers as I personally don’t get bothered by it. Heck, I had pretty much read the entire plot of the movie before I saw it from the reviews, discussions, and plot summaries I read before deciding to watch it myself.

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