8.1 Prevalence

Bronies are fans of the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The brony fandom is, in many ways, comparable to the furry fandom for its interest in anthropomorphized animal characters (not unlike the furry fandom’s association with series...

8.2 Attitudes toward Bronies

Given that upward of one-quarter of the furry fandom may self-identify as a brony,🐾 and given that furries, themselves, experience a significant amount of stigma from the general population,🐾 it’s worth asking whether bronies and furries hold negative...

8.3 Stigma Justification

While there are many furries who hold positive opinions of bronies, it raises the question of why so many furries feel negatively (or at least ambivalent) toward bronies. We asked participants, if they held a negative attitude toward bronies, to indicate why they felt...

8.4 Furry/Brony Distinction

As mentioned elsewhere,🐾 part of the animosity felt toward bronies may have to do with the belief that bronies as “invading” the furry fandom, a fandom which, past research has shown, is particularly important to the identity of many furries.🐾 Evidence...

8.5 Furry/Brony Similarities and Differences

The controversy surrounding bronies in the furry fandom have led some to discuss whether the two groups are distinctly different or whether they have more in common than they have differences. To put it another way, it’s worth asking whether the distinction between a...