So once I told my friend that I was going to enjoy My Little Ponies as a kind of decent into girliness. And she, with a complete lack of awareness, offhandedly said “Oh, well it’s a very male-driven fandom.” And deflated me.
So now I’ve never been able to enjoy MLP as much as I wanted to. Because I wanted it to be a girl thing for me, even if boys liked it to. I wanted it to be mine. And now it can’t ever be.