A Step in Attracting Women to Your Group

This is a guest post by Kelley Freeman. She is a junior at the University of South Carolina and member of the Pastafarians at the University of South Carolina.

As Katie Hartman has shown us, women just love the shit out of ponies. How else are the Four Horsemen going to be appealing to women?

The Four Horsemen (Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens) drawn as ponies

I think this is a good start.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Jvarley9001

    This is more likely to attract bronies.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that. . .

    • http://twitter.com/LaMenta3 Hillary

      Women like bronies, too, right?

      • Twilight Sparkle

        YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!

        • Coyotenose

          *squinches an eye* All that enthusiasm? The skeptic in me thinks you sound more like Pinkie Pie in a Twilight Sparkle mask…

    • Reginald Selkirk

      I was going to invent the term Alpha Brony, but Google tells me someone beat me to it.

  • Miss Coconut

    What if you’re not into diseased-looking ponies?

  • Anonymous

    That Hitchens Pony looks like he’s going to cut somebody.

  • Ordinaryskeptic

    This made me LOL.

  • http://disienai.tumblr.com/ Semipermeable

    This blog is now 20% cooler.

  • philosoraptor

    The Denett pony needs more beard.

    Just sayin’

    • joethedouchebag

      I think we all need more beard! Bronies forever!

  • http://twitter.com/manintheskies Alec Axelblom

    What are the different marks on the ponies?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=682343122 Liz Muia Frost

      Dawkins’ looks like a double helix and Hitch’s is a flask.  I can’t figure out the other two.

      • Kelley Freeman

        Sorry! Dennett has a brain, and the logo on Harris is from Project Reason. :)

        • dwasifar karalahishipoor

          Is that what that is on Harris?  It looked like a condom to me.

    • http://profiles.google.com/nathan.pozderac Nathan Pozderac

      It’s called a “Cutie Mark”

      duh…

      j/k

  • Heidi

    Squee! My Little Horsemen!

    Hey, it’s working! LOL.

  • FishyFred

    Brony representation right here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    … and why did we bash the author of that my little princess pink bible?
    Wouldn’t it be very patronizing if we dressed up our conferences/group meets with pink cute puppy dogs, rainbows and ponies to bring in women?

    • Stephanie Van Dyk

      I think Katie’s vid was satire.

    • http://disienai.tumblr.com/ Semipermeable

      It’s a light hearted comment, which is interesting because the internet ‘brony’, meme, fad, thing going on right now is that men are finding themselves enjoying a show typically aimed at little girls. I think there is something to be said for a popular fad that makes it perfectly ok to like ‘girly’ things without them being demeaned simply for being girly. 

    • http://disienai.tumblr.com/ Semipermeable

      It’s a light hearted comment, which is interesting because the internet ‘brony’, meme, fad, thing going on right now is that men are finding themselves enjoying a show typically aimed at little girls. I think there is something to be said for a popular fad that makes it perfectly ok to like ‘girly’ things without them being demeaned simply for being girly. 

    • Walker Bristol

      In our student group, we do that anyway, and it’s a great success. We call it “Pony And Rainbows Night” and invite all the feminist groups on campus. It’s a wonderful time; we cook in our Easy Bake Ovens and talk about our feelings. I’ve spoken personally to women who say they’re out-atheists and huge fans of the Four Horsemen, but are just turned off by the general lack of cuddly things in the movement. I think the author’s proposal is a fantastic strategy for encouraging ladies to join our ranks.

      (That was satire, since apparently it’s really difficult to spot.)

      • Anonymous

        I love the shit out of feminine things. Rainbows for everybody!

        P.S. This is not satire. I really just love being a girly princess, and I like laughing at myself.

      • Rebecca Sparks

        I would go to this.

        /I know it’s satire.  I wouldn’t want an event done because they think that’s all that girls do.  BUT.  For a fun meet and greet I would love a group that could unselfconciously and seriously engage in both traditional girl and boy funtime activities for meet & greet events or icebreakers.

    • Anonymous

      In addition to the rest, there’s the fact that a bible intended for young children is rather wrong to begin with. It was in part the dissonance between the cover design for girls, and the typical biblical content (rape, murder, etc.).

    • Littewoodimp

      Because you could put a hell of a lot of us off honey! I’m a working dog and chainsaw kinda gal.  I am partial to wings though, so maybe skeptical angels to balance out those wishy washy ones that the christians set so much store in.

    • http://twitter.com/TominousTone Tom Lawson

      I thought our meeting on the 24th was good. We had 6 guys and 6 gals! Woot!

    • Coyotenose

      Part of the joke here is that MLP is also very popular with men, to the point that Brony Backlash has started.

    • alex

      THANK YOU.
      Incredibly patronizing. I’m often shocked at how atheism and feminism, which in my opinion have so much in common, tend to snipe at one another. If anything I hear a lot of ridiculous sexism on this blog, and from feminist blogs I hear that atheists aren’t “tolerant” enough of other people’s beliefs.
      Frankly I think everyone is at a loss because of it.

  • Lobar

    My Little Skeptics: Friendship is Naturally Occurring

  • http://twitter.com/sockrateaser Ewan Compton

    Have you heard about the bronies?  http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/06/bronies-my-little-ponys/
    This might appeal to dudes as much as chicks.

  • http://twitter.com/sockrateaser Ewan Compton

    Have you heard about the bronies?  http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/06/bronies-my-little-ponys/
    This might appeal to dudes as much as chicks.

  • http://grant10k.myopenid.com/ Grant

    I might be (read: I am) looking too much into this, but perhaps these appeal to women because those are female ponies? Obviously in a show aimed at little kids, they don’t show much variation in the crotches, so they draw the heads differently between males and females. You can see it in the nose, males have a distinct head shape.

    Also Dennett has no ears?

    • Kelley Freeman

      Yeah… someone pointed that out on reddit… I didn’t mean for that to happen. And I’ve honestly never seen the show, so I didn’t realize the difference. Sorry. :c

      • http://grant10k.myopenid.com/ Grant

        It’s all good. We’ll just say they butted heads with theists enough to concave their heads.

  • http://profiles.google.com/statueofmike Michael S

    Managed to get the perfect Hermione eyes on Dawkins.

  • Ben

    I would buy this shirt in a second.

  • heironymous

    I think the stills are nice. But we definitely require video – with a little audio soundtrack: (Not quite SFW – language)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVGI6mhfJyA

  • Anonymous

    Since we have the four horsemen, even though it might seem a little degrading, why not have the four little ponies be the four leading women of atheism?

    • Reginald Selkirk

      You need to think your metaphors through before implementation. So then – the  horsemen would be “riding” the ponies….? Is that the message you’re trying to send?

      • Anonymous

        Thhat could be problematic…

  • http://flyinthefingwine.blogspot.com Mara

    Want!!

  • Adviser Moppet

    I want them all!

  • Hdslkfah

    ehhhhhhhhh…  how about no scott…. ohhkay.

  • Wendy Diamond

    OMFSM WANT WANT WANT the Hitchens one.  I’m crying over here in laughter.  I totally agree with the “looks like he’s gonna cut someone comment”

    Please tell me there’s a t-shirt.  And why wasn’t Hemant a pony?

    • Littlewoodimp

      Yeah, a smiling mexigay pony!!

      • Anonymous

        Would the cutie mark be a sombrero with a rainbow pattern?  Please say yes.

    • Heidi

      Hemant must be in the expansion pack.

  • http://twitter.com/kytsune kytsune

    Eeeee! I love My Little Pony! Adorable, and I am greatly amused by the development of Bronies — I even read a sociology paper on the phenomena.

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    For my tee-shirt order, I”ll take a large, two mediums, and one small.  That should take care of everybody in my family.

    • Reginald Selkirk

      Do they come in 5XL?

  • rdbhcx

    The Four Horses of the Apocalypse.

    • Reginald Selkirk

      The appaloosapocalypse.

  • Anonymous

    Disgruntled pony smoking a cigarette with a drinking problem? Yep, that’s Hitchens alright! This picture made my day!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SU3L6O6MNAPXLBIGJGEX5NW5UQ jqb

    Don’t invite RW, who will brand them gender traitors.

    • Rieux

      You actually want to rehash that mess here? Seriously?

      Adding more bile to the mass of invective, much of it brutally misogynist, that has been piled on Rebecca Watson is not cool. Cut it out.

  • http://eviltwit.wordpress.com/ eviltwit

    How about putting Ayan Hirsi Ali, Ann Druyan, Rebecca Goldstein, Meera Nanda and Greta Christina up there instead?  You know, attract women with women?  What’s the need to make the “Four Horsemen” appealing to women, when there are so many awesome women atheists to chose from?

     (Dawkins and Hitchens, in particular, have pissed me off with things they’ve said about women.)

    • Nena

      I think the point is that it’s funny. “Four Horsemen.” Ponies. Get it?

      • http://eviltwit.wordpress.com/ eviltwit

        Perhaps not my kind of humour…but didn’t mean it to sound like I was offended or anything.  I’m sick and need sleep and am shorter in tone than I mean.

        Simply thought I’d use it to piggy back to a point: which is that even the silly stuff involves the big four men of atheism. we need to come up with a big four of female atheists.  perhaps less horsemen than valkyries?

        • Nena

          I am all for coming up with a big four of female atheists. :)

          • http://eviltwit.wordpress.com/ eviltwit

            then let’s do it:)

        • Littlewoodimp

          OOOO, Valkyries, I like that image. Coming down during the rapture on great winged horses, grabbing hold of floating fundamentalists and bellowing “We’ve got some bad news for you!” and then dropping them off in some forsaken spot, wrecked by war and drought. Where the prayers of the starving and the traumatised have gone unheard for decades while the fundies have shouted “Halleluja!” and “Cure the gays, kill the unbelievers!”

          Oh dear, I think I should maybe go and have a nice cup of tea and lay down somewhere quiet…..

          • http://eviltwit.wordpress.com/ eviltwit

            lol!

  • pureone

    I thought cute Unicorn Ponies were one step better…

    • http://a-million-gods.blogspot.com/ Avicenna

      Not as good a step as Unicron Ponies

  • Nena

    I can’t believe that some people took offense to this in the comments. Honestly, I don’t understand why people can’t just laugh AT FUNNY AND CUTE THINGS.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nathan.pozderac Nathan Pozderac

    I happily watch this show with my 3yo daughter…she loves it…and it is cute…can’t help it…it is.

  • Ottomaniac

    WHERE THE HELL IS RANDI?

    I demand more Randi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GooBallin Goo Ball

    This has seriously been the most interesting and amusing post on this website for a while now. Good job.

  • Reginald Selkirk

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