Nor is it more prevalent in this fandom than it is any other.
Yes, R34 is more prevalent in the FiM fandom than any other. You can’t post statistics within a group and make comparisons between other groups with the only numbers coming from a pony site. You’d have to go and see what the percentage of R34 was for other such sites (e.g., a Homestuck image site, a Pokemon image site, etc.)
However…I did make a comparison between groups. I am confident that the Friendship is Magic fanbase creates far (no exaggeration) more R34 than any other. I’ve posted this a couple of times on Derpibooru, so I don’t have to type it up again. Just reformat it.
I could actually make a case for the brony fandom producing more R34 than other fandoms:
On Paheal, there are three tags with more entries than “Friendship is Magic.”
- My Little Pony (3rd most)
- Touhou (2nd most)
- Pokemon (most)
“Friendship is Magic” is always with “My Little Pony,” and most of the My Little Pony images (20721, as of now) are Friendship is Magic images as well (20466).
So there can be no attributing it to the rule of Rule 34: that porn is going to be produced of everything in the same proportions. There were less than 300 images were of My Little Pony before FiM.
Touhou (32237) has been around since 2002 and Pokémon (54100) since 1996. So it follows that they’d have more images than Friendship is Magic which debuted in late 2010.
But it’s not by much considering the 8-year “head start” that Touhou had and the 15 years that Pokémon had.
In only a bit more than 2 years, Friendship is Magic has over 20,000 images. At the current pace (unless we expect the fandom to die down dramatically in the next couple of years,) FiM would have about 40,000 images.
In six years, 60,000.
In eight, 80,000. (Touhou has 32,000 in eight years)
In ten, 100,000.
In 12, 120,000…
In 14, 140,000…
In 15, 150,000. (Pokémon has 54,000 in 15 years.)
So at both comparison points, FiM has about three times as many R34 images as two other massive fandoms.
All that to say that bronies produce a ton of R34, and more than any other fandom, by far.
Now that likely won’t hold up for 15 years, because the show probably won’t last for 8 years. I expect there to be a decrease, but I think that even a conservative estimate would show that FiM ends up with more R34 per time unit.
Also, I run around on KYM causing grief by banning people and sending out threatening PM’s, but in the midst of that tyranny, I’ve noticed anecdotally that most of the images proportionally belong to MLP, especially when you consider only SFW entries. (Again, R34 doesn’t hold up, even though you do have to consider uploading bias.)
An updated count of numbers shows this:
- Pokémon: 54,774
- Touhou: 32,756
- Friendship is Magic: 21,439 (Let’s say 3 years for a conservative estimate)
So on a site that houses R34 from any fandom, FiM is being uploaded at a much higher rate. Like I said above, there is a possibility that Paheal just has a lot of bronies uploading R34. But this is more evidence than saying that FiM doesn’t produce much R34. In comparison, in the only data set available, FiM is producing a lot more R34 than any other fandom.
Yes, bronies produce a ton of R34 and more than any other fandom at this point.
Don’t even mess with a social scientist, son. You know I been doin’ this for a minute.
The fandom is too big to tell if it’s dying or not. It was dead on KYM PG for a while, it was revived, it began to get quiet again, and now it’s somewhat active again.
Furthermore, unless you study the online fandom for a living, then no one probably has a good, prospective idea of the demise of certain sub-hubs of the fandom. A lot of people don’t frequent Equestria Daily for pony business, so even if that hub was beginning to die (and looking at the amount of comments there for the posts and the poll results, it’s just as active as ever,) it wouldn’t be a good indicator of how the fandom was doing in regards to its life.
For me, I’ve made friends from the fandom so that the topic of conversation is rarely FiM anyway. I’d miss the fanart terribly, but the community on the whole isn’t very important to me now. So even if the fandom was beginning to wane in its zeal or “membership,” it doesn’t really bother me.