Generalisations and conclusions based on nothing but observations… This is going to be fun!
As you might know already, I am not very positive about current “popular feminism”. It has a lot of flaws, which is what always happens when something becomes the norm, and one of them is especially evident when you spend some time on Twitter.
Twitter is, to say it nicely, infested with Beliebers, Directioners and whatever other kind of fandom you can think of. I will take these two fandoms as the prime example, as they are very typical for this situation. Without needing to do any research, we can quickly conclude that the majority of people in these fandoms are teenage girls, and that finding a male specimen in these groups is going to be rather difficult.
Now, what I want to use as my example for explaining the title of this post is the kind of things these Beliebers and Directioners talk about and the things they do. Of course, we are talking about generalisations here, and what I will say about Directioners in general will go for the majority, or at the very least for the most vocal part. It doesn’t go for every individual, as there are plenty of these fans who have very different interests.
However, if we do have to come to one general interest Beliebers and Directioners have in common, it would be sex. And a lot of it too. The tweets and fanfics that are being written range from disturbing to gross to absolutely-disgusting-please-seek-help-because-I-think-you-just-killed-me-with-your-oversexed-mind. Yeah… and then imagine that a large part of that fandom is under 15.
Fortunately, today is not the day I will talk about how bad this is. What I do want to talk about, however, is the reason why so many of these girls involved in such fandoms end up writing and talking about such disturbing things. Particularly, a question I asked myself is “Why do boys/guys not obsess over female celebrities as much as girls do?”
The answer to that can be summarised in one word: feminism. It is not acceptable for a guy to make the kind of comments these fangirls are making. If a guy, or actually anyone, would write a fanfic about how they would, in the greatest details, have sex with a female celebrity, it would immediately be labelled as sexist. This person would be despised by everyone, because objectifying women like that is sexist and should not be allowed. And that’s where the difference is: society doesn’t disapprove of objectifying men.
And that’s wrong. Not because it’s unfair to men, because that’s not the issue. I’m not suggesting that we should start objectifying women so that everything will be fair again, but if it is unacceptable to write sexual fanfics about women, then it should also be unacceptable to do the same about men.
That is what should be changed. It should become just as strange and disturbing for a 12-year-old girl to describe her sexual fantasies with Justin Bieber as it is for an 18-year-old guy to describe his sexual fantasies with Emma Watson. That is what equality is, and if that isn’t enough, then just think about how many oversexed 15 year-olds we’d be able to get rid of. They would be able to find different hobbies, and the world would be rid of millions of disturbing fanfics, all in the name of equality. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
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