bands are for boys, girls are just groupiesThe shirts don’t just cast women in the role of fans; they specifically frame them as potential groupies, whose fandom is filtered through a romantic/sexual attraction to individual members of a band. Communications scholar Melissa Click argues that female fans are often dismissed because there is a “persistent cultural assumption that male-targeted texts are authentic and interesting, while female-targeted texts are schlocky and mindless—and further that men and boys are active users of media while girls are passive consumers.” While the image of the groupie is as well-known as that of the band, the groupie is usually viewed skeptically, seen as someone with a superficial, inauthentic appreciation of the music, “a particular kind of female fan assumed to be more interested in sex with rock stars than in their music.”
source - society pages
protest idea: every dude buy one of these and wear it to every show regardless of the gender of the singer
I kind of want to steal (not buy — I’m not giving these fools my money) one of these and change the words “FANCY” to “AM”. I can’t sing, though. I’m sure there’s a “I FANCY THE CRAPPY GUITARIST.” I could alter that.