Now for something completely different...

I am going to say something and I want you to tell me the first image that pops into your head: fangirl

*whistling as you think about this image*


Now another one, same deal - tell me the first image that pops into your head: fanboy

*more whistling*

Were your images the same or completely different?

This popped into my head yesterday while I was reading something (can't remember what it was, sorry) that mentioned fanboys. I got to thinking about the images behind the fanboy and fangirl labels. I don't know about you, but when I think of fanboys, I think of geeky guys who are obsessed about something. The first things I think about are Star Wars and technology. When I picture a fangirl, I think of teeny-bopper girls screaming about a hot guy, probably from Twilight.

It's rather sad for me to realize that's what I picture, but it's the truth. Because it's strange for me to picture guys being "fanboys" about an attractive person, they must be fanboys for something worth while like computers or the internet, or at least something with a following like Star Wars. But it's totally normal to think of girls screaming over boys.

So I'm curious to hear what you all pictured. Please share!


At Tue Dec 22, 01:04:00 AM Danny said...

Oddly when you said "fangirl" I thought about female anime fans going nuts over bishonen type guys and when you said "fanboys" I thought about guy gamers.

I don't think its a matter of an attractive person being "worth while" or "not worth while". Take for instance women like Halle Berry, Pamela Anderson, and Cathrine Zeta Jones. There are lots of guys (and I'll bet women too) who will agree those women are hot and are "worth while".

At Wed Dec 23, 06:52:00 AM seatangle said...

for "fanboy", i thought of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.

At Fri Dec 25, 11:42:00 AM frau sally benz said...

I agree that certainly admiring attractive people is fun and everyone does it, but I think that no matter how you look at it, admiring attractive people will never be taken as a serious hobby, whereas obsessing over the latest in technology would be. Even obsessing over something that's become something of a classic, like Star Wars or even LOST! garners some respect in a lot of social circles. Somehow I don't think people would be as on-board to label the "fangirl" behavior I describe in the post as a hobby or anything more than something fun and/or funny to pass the time.

At Sat Dec 26, 12:39:00 PM Danny said...

I wonder though if the idea of admiring people being taken would be considered objectifying.

At Sat Dec 26, 03:13:00 PM frau sally benz said...

I think it definitely is considered objectifying by some people, while others would say it's just "silly." It's sort of one of those things that keeps coming up lately, particularly when considering fangirls and Twilight and all of that -- girls freaking out about shirtless men makes everyone all nervous.


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