As I mentioned before, my two year old son, E, became obsessed with My Little Pony after his cousins brought their stable to our house. To my surprise, E spent a considerable amount of time brushing a pony’s hair. While I admit my first instinct was shock, I was actually rather touched to see how much care he was putting into the act. After some thought, I decided to go ahead and buy him a pony of his own. Surely, there are some brown or beige ponies, right? Unfortunately, the local stores only had a few options, none of them even remotely masculine. And while I consider myself a fairly progressive dad not tied down to the typical male/female stereotypes and trappings, it was a bit difficult to pony up the cash (pun intended) for a pink My Little Pony with an even pinker flower on its bottom.
I found myself wondering, why doesn’t Hasbro have a boy’s line of My Little Ponies? I wound up driving about 45 miles to find a My Little Pony that was a bit more gender neutral and had a comb rather than a tennis racket, blowdryer or purse. At Toys-R-Us, I found a blue and purple My Little Pony which I gave to him and he seems to enjoy.
My son is not alone
While I was surprised that my son likes My Little Ponies, I was even more surprised that so many readers commented and tweeted that they too, or their sons, enjoyed My Little Pony! So as a service to my readers and to all the boys secretly yearning, but ashamed, to play with their sisters’ My Little Ponies, I offer up some more masculine options for the fine folks at Hasbro to consider.
My Little Pony Soldier
Nothing says boy like guns and a skull tattoo, right? This ultra violent pony comes with his own accessories, including an assault rifle, ammunition, knife and grease paint for when the pony wants to go Full On Rambo!
My Little Pony NASCAR Edition
While some NASCAR traditionalists might question my choice of Jeff Gordon as the masculine symbol and they might even make a “rainbow warrior” joke or two, they are typically the very knuckle dragging homophobes that make boys feel they should hide their desire to play with My Little Pony in the first place. I say, fly your Pony flag high and proudly! And what better way than one of NASCAR’s best, Jeff Gordon My Little Pony, complete with sponsor stickers!
My Little Pony Construction Worker
Boys like tools, right? Move over, Bob the Builder, because this steel toed boot, construction belt wearing, tool toting handypony will delight the young and young at heart. Got an idea for a masculine pony I missed? Leave a suggestion in the comments and I might just draw the best one or two next week. Enjoy this post? Please consider Tweeting it and tell others.
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