The Saturday Oreo is a new feature on Oreos and Books. It will be utilized as a space to discuss miscellaneous topics, advertise blogs, update about fun stuff like meeting authors, fan art projects, stuff of that sort. Lots of fangirling from time to time. The Saturday Oreo will vary between being posted weekly to monthly.
Definition of a fangirl, according to a judgemental society: A crazy, horny chick.
Actual Meaning of A Fangirl: A girl that I loves something, and is passionate about it. Not necessarily to an extremist degree.
Definition of a fanboy, according to a judgemental society: boy that likes girl things to impress girls or a boy that is a weak minded nerd.
Actual Meaning of Fanboy: A boy that loves something, and is also passionate about that something.
Because of the whole fangirling thing in The Saturday Oreo, I thought it would be best to address an issue that I have seen outside the book world directed to those inside the book world. Sometimes, it can even happen inside the book world: people have different views of things.
I’m getting pretty tired of seeing other people put other people down for liking things or getting excited about things.
Who are you? What makes you think you have the right to put others down for what they like?
Also, they’re perpetuating a stigma; boys can’t like this. Only girls can. “That’s for girls.”
Most will say with a condescending tone. As if because girls happen to like it, it’s not good enough and a guy should be ashamed for even considering an interest that females also share.
It’s ironic because most will complain about bigotry—-an intolerance to another’s opinion that differs from your own—yet they just can’t resist putting down a male child for liking strong “female-oriented” literature.
I know that we all can be hypocrites from time to time. We aren’t perfect; we make mistakes.
But I don’t think there’s a logical excuse for looking at somebody whether it be a man, a woman, a non gender binary individual; a girl, a boy or non conforming gender binary children and telling them they cannot love something.
We live in a society where we preach the trite cliché—“Be yourself.” But if one person differs from the stereotype or the set expectations set for them; which you (being the hypothetical close-minded society “you”) honestly had no business doing in the first place—people attack you.
Aren’t we all trying to figure out life in the grand scheme of things? Trying to figure out our own life path and find our identities?
Other people shouldn’t be getting in the way of that.
And so, for those that suffer from being stigmatized for liking something: Let them look.
To those that perpetuate it: Let them live.
What are your thoughts on fangirling, fanboying and the external stigma surrounding each?
About The Blogger
Wesaun is a teen book lion. She’s also an art enthusiast: poetry, theater, and fan art, as well as paintings/drawings. She loves to be overenthusiastic over books and authors.
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