Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Lately, and I know most people will think that I am a real wacko for even thinking this, it wouldn't be the first time, but I've been having some real issues with the cartoon, "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic". I know, most people are probably rolling their eyes. But the occasional times I let my girls watch this "cute" show about little ponies I just got this uneasy feeling. I couldn't shake it. And today I figured out why. If anyone has ever seen this cartoon and has high standards for what their kids watch then there is obviously a number of things that some would find unacceptable for their kid's viewing. Here are some of the blatant reasons I don't prefer the show - very strong references to magic (I'm not against letting my kids watch things that have fairytale type stuff, but it seems like this show just revolves around it), a lot of rock music in the cartoon action sequences and finally, the reason why my kids will never watch it ever again is, there is one pony in the show that as I watched with my girls I was literally confused about whether it was a boy or girl, Rainbow Dash, so much so that I even googled it. And surprise, there is a huge online discussion as to whether this character portrays a male or female. Most people know where I stand on issues that revolve around this. Well today I asked Lizzie if Rainbow Dash was a boy or a girl and she got this confused, puzzled look on her face, and after a long pause, probably hoping I'd answer for her, she finally said it was a boy. I googled the show info to find out and Rainbow Dash is actually a girl, who the creator says is a tomboy. During the times I viewed the show with my girls, sometimes she sounded like a girl and sometimes she sounded like a boy- and I do find it ironic that they decided to use the rainbow as her "cutie" mark. As a parent I try to instill absolutes in my children. I set boundaries. This is for their own good so they can grow up well adjusted and healthy. This show only genders confusion in my child- Lizzie's look on her face today really bothered me- I don't want my kids, especially at the tender age of 4 to be confused about things that are so absolutely true and that is gender- boy/girl. There's no in between. I'm not a bad mother because I tell my girls that the color pink is a girl color and that boys don't wear jewelry. This is setting an absolute in their mind. Parents who let their kinds "figure" it out are dangerously setting their kids up for a lifetime of heartache. I am solely responsible for how they turn out and now I know that this show is undermining my parenting. Let's let God have the last word on the subject. 1Corinthians 14:33, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace...."