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Ponies by Kij Johnson
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Feb 13, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, literature
Recommended to John by: Alyx Dellamonica
Read on February 13, 2012, read count: 1

Heavy handed preaching from the pulpet, this letter to the editor attempts to say something about female adolescence, growing up and fitting in.

Summary: Every girl has a pony. Every pony has three fantastic traits. Every girl must sacrifice two of the three traits as the girl grows up. In this story, TheOtherGirls that the FMC wants to hang out with make her give up all three traits and in the end the Pony dies. Then, because she doesn't have a pony, TheOtherGirls reject her.

The story can be summed up with a single line:

"You give up everything to fit in, and then you have nothing."

I expected to find a feminist argument break out in the comments at the Tor website where the story can be found for free. I was amused by Response #51 (because I fully expected it) where the commentor suggested the story should be re-written with a protagonist who told TheOtherGirls were they could stick it. I'm surprised the typical victim mentality argument didn't break out.
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