|Dashie got 'tude!|
Short answer - NO.
I thought Dashie, Applejack, Scootaloo, DJ Pon, and Derpy were all boys for awhile. I still get a little baffled by the Wonderbolts. I called Dashie "him" for a long time - still slip up once in a while. But Dashie was my favorite at first. But I didn't like Rarity or Pinky Pie too much back then - too girly. Now I love them all, especially Pinky. Oddly, Dashie is only my 7th favorite pony now - but I still think she has the best color-scheme.
|Applejack "gettin' 'er done"|
|Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle & Scootaloo (far right)|
|Cranky Doodle Donkey|
|DJ Pon 3 and puzzled by-stander|
I get that part of Lauren Faust's deal was doing empowered female characters, and I think that's a really good and important thing. But the show sometimes feels a little unbalanced to me - and the regular male characters less developed. They have done better in season 5 with this, especially with Big Macintosh (what hidden depths he turned out to have!) And then there's Cranky Doodle and Troubleshoes.
|Princess Big Macintosh|
I know I'm in the minority in liking the Troubleshoes episode a lot. I think a lot of it is how he is drawn. That face! I also like the look of Double Diamond, but I hate the way he takes. And don't get me started on Shining Armor. Eeeesh! Too cookie-cutter Prince!
But Dash was an intriguing character for me. I was a censured tomboy as a girl - always catching hell for hating pink, dolls and dresses. I loved horses, climbing trees and hanging out with my animals. I wanted to be a boy. If I'd been born 25 years later I probably would be a boy now.
Dash was so at home in her competitive, brash persona - like I couldn't be - I just naturally thought she must be a boy. But once I learned she was a girl, I was happy that she could be who she was without fear. And the acceptance that she had from the other Mane Six - even Rarity - made me love them all even more.
|Rainbow Dash & Rarity|