Becoming a fan of fangirls

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art by Jasper Kipp

Fangirls are a baffling species. From the way they faint, literally faint, at the mere sight of Zac Efron to crying over listening to the first single off One Direction’s new album is a bemusing sight to most people. Some girls devote themselves to complete strangers and don’t have second thoughts. Their “fandom” is almost like a religion, with Comic-Cons and concerts as their mecca.

These are the girls who occasionally cry because 5 Seconds of Summer’s voices are so melodic and fume when they find out Zayn Malik is engaged. They pick through Twitter hoping for some new updates and overanalyze each tweet of the unknowing object of their affection. It almost sounds like stalking.

But in a sense they are misunderstood. People look down on fangirls because their consuming love can be overbearing and excessive. They’re seen as less mature just because they found something worth screaming about. At concerts they act like children, yelling and falling over themselves for a glimpse of their favorite band member.

Personally, I think fangirls are pretty brave. They’re usually the most vocal of fans, and they have no shame. When people denounce them for loving something so strongly, they keep their heads high and continue walking. They are the epitome of someone who goes their own way. Unless they happen to cross paths with other fangirls.

There’s truly no desire to conform when it comes to what they love. Of course, I agree with the people who point out the oddity of their fierce protectiveness. But if that’s what gets people through tough times, how can you blame them for wanting to protect what makes them happy? Without devotion a lot of musical acts, or really anything that encapsulates the word “art,” couldn’t thrive. Due to this, fangirls, or just fans for that matter, are the key to the success of many acts.

Think about it, if they ceased to exist, then so would a lot of the landmark musicians, shows and movies of history. Where would the Beatles, Freaks and Geeks or Grease be without fangirls? They would be forgotten about because no one would have cared enough to share them with the world.

In light of that, fangirls should be hailed as pioneers to an industry. Yes, they are loud and often obnoxious, but so are most people when it comes to something they love. I mean, aren’t a lot of musicians, writers and directors loud and obnoxious when it comes to their art forms?

They may be puzzling to many people, but their point of existing is not for people to understand them. It’s for the fandom they love, and I think that should be respected.