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that look of sorrow and contempt says so much about how female music fandom was - and in many ways, still is - marginalized. music such as the beatles’ - and later, that of equally squeal inducing outfits such as the bay city rollers, menudo, and *nsync - was marketed almost exclusively to teen girls, and though those girls went reliably crazy for it, they were still derided for doing so by bands and critics and promoters. the subtext - filled in by music critics through the years - was that making music for girls was a profitable, but not artistic, pursuit. even today you’d be hard-pressed to find a male music fan to give more than a perfunctory nod to meet the beatles. he would surely protest that the band’s really valuable, artistic work came later. with the white album perhaps, after the girls had moved on and the band members were no longer mop-topped sweethearts playing to a crowd.

—feminism and pop culture, andi zeisler.

i’m reading about the mass female gaze as being indicative, in beatlemania, of a restlessness in young women at the time. i feel as though the author, zeisler, might be glossing all too quickly over the fact that this mass female gaze still exists for a lot of young girls, and happens ever younger. the restlessness is apparently still there. and still being bought and sold.

(via kirstylouloumitchell)

I read this book. Very good primer for learning about feminism. I think the book was written a while ago, which in reality isn’t that long, but in the pop culture world it was ages. I doubt the Andi Zeisler of that book was around for Justin Bieber.

This even makes me think of Twilight. Everyone who knows literature knows that the book is terribly written. But the book was made and targeted towards young girls. They fawm over how, literally, glittery and shiny Edward is. They’re not drawn in my the authors use of metaphor or symbolism, but by how awesome edward and sexy jacob is. So if we’re going by what Zeisler illustrates, the female gaze exists in Twilight because art wasn’t valued in the pursuit, it took a back seat to profits and selling this vampire craze. Justin Bieber is a pop “heart throb” and works really hard but it’s more important to sell his image then for him to pursue art.

MAROON 5 i feel fell into the female gaze of Zeisler, their first album, in my opinion, was their best. The rest of their music was more focused on pop, & sexualization and less focused on the art & emotion that drove Songs About Jane

That last bit was probably me venting my sadness about Maroon 5, but… yeah. The Female Gaze… interesting concept. I hope my unsolicited, tangential analysis made sense

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