Why does it matter if it reaches these arbitrary criteria or not? It is a children's show about talking ponies, I seriously doubt it is trying to spread a misandrist agenda.
The gender-inverse could also be said about many shows the "normal" Bechdel test is used to criticise.
Spike had that argument with the owner of Quills and Sofas! They weren't talking about a female there! MLP passes!
Heh, well there you go.
Still though, now I'm curious as to the standards of "not about the opposite sex." Is the entire
conversation not supposed to be about someone of the opposite sex? Is it supposed to not be motivated
by someone of the opposite sex? (Spike was looking to get a quill for Twilight Sparkle, after all.)
It's strange that even such seemingly specific criteria can be so vague.
I am personally of the opinion that it doesn't necessarily matter how many members of your cast are one gender or another, so much as it matters that you portray that gender realistically given the setting, time period, and environment that character grew up in.
Thing is, what counts as "realistic" is never really certain. It's an assumption by its very nature. Calling something "misandrous" or
"misogynistic" doesn't necessarily prove it unrealistic.
"Our schools are crumbling, and we want to teach everyone else a lesson?" - Bill Maher, on the United States