Teenage Girls Run the World
by Natalia Escobar
Society dismisses teenage girls’ interests, when, in reality, they compose the bulk of pop culture. One continual example of this is boy bands in the music industry. Boy bands even in their peak popularity, are often overlooked and dismissed due to their fanbase, composed of mostly teenage girls. Growing up during the One Direction era, I remember whenever One Direction released an album and it dominated the charts, it was always credited to their appearance and not their musical talent. However, despite the constant dismissal from my male peers, One Direction won 242 awards and were nominated for 366 awards in their career. Another great example of this phenomenon is The Beatles, one of the most popular bands in modern history, who faced a very similar backlash during their era. Critics constantly bashed their fanbase, calling girls “crazed” and even alluding that their passion for The Beatles was similar to a disease, calling it “Beatlemania.” Yet, according to Insider, The Beatles are the best-selling musicians of all time. Nowadays, people of all ages call The Beatles one of the greatest music groups of all time. However, they tend to overlook the fact that teenage girls were the first to bring them to mainstream audiences. Despite the constant mainstream and financial success boy bands have showcased throughout time in the music industry, they all face the same criticism.
Music is not the only industry in which girls' interests are looked down upon. Many movies and TV series suffer the same tragic fate as boy bands. Romance films are another victim of society’s warped view of women. Because they are primarily targeted towards women, they are immediately seen as superficial and mundane by others. One example of this is the Twilight franchise, consisting of four novels and five films. Despite constantly being shunned as ridiculous by everyone except it's teenage girl audience, it grossed $3.3 billion worldwide and quickly became part of the top 20 highest grossing film franchises of all time. No matter how someone feels about vampires and werewolves, they must admit that for a franchise constantly being diminished by film critics and people everywhere, it was clearly enjoyed by many.
Society’s instant reaction to dismiss anything cherished by young women is very clear to girls everywhere, and yet, is not acknowledged by many. No matter the generation, no franchise or music group is safe from the harsh judgement they will face if they have an audience composed primarily of women. But, it is this audience that continuously works together to make these franchises, music groups, book series, and beyond, mainstream and historical in their own fields. I advise everyone to start paying more attention to what a teenage girl likes, it most likely will be the next big thing!