As long as they avoid going all SFW, s’all good.

Taylor Hicks’ crazier fans–the overinvested, fawning, thudding types–are (it’s no secret) predominantly (notice the emphasis; I know you’re not all middle-aged housewives) females who find him sexually attractive. Not a shocker. But what about over-excited McPhans? To my surprise, the ones who seem to be wetting their pants over Katharine McPhee’s latest “OMG SHES SO HAWT” photo shoot or album cover (or at least the ones posting on the Internet about it) also seem to skew…predominantly female (and young–high school and college-age). Assuming for the moment that Kat’s fans aren’t sexually attracted to Kat in the same way that many of Taylor’s fans are sexually attracted to Taylor, how to explain all the female thudding?

Interestingly, I never even noticed this discrepancy until I stumbled across this New York Times article. Obviously, fans of Katharine find her to be incredibly talented, but what accounts for the gap between those who just like her voice and those who worship the ground she walks on and believe she’s the greatest thing since sliced bread? Maybe the phenomenon described below is the key.

AGAIN with the open mouth...“The woman’s long black hair whipped across her pale face as she danced to punk rock at the bar. She seemed to be the life of the party. Little did she know that she was igniting a girl crush. Susan Buice was watching, and she was smitten…

Ms. Buice, who lives with her boyfriend, calls her attraction a girl crush, a phrase that many women in their 20’s and 30’s use in conversation, post on blogs and read in magazines. It refers to that fervent infatuation that one heterosexual woman develops for another woman who may seem impossibly sophisticated, gifted, beautiful or accomplished. And while a girl crush is, by its informal definition, not sexual in nature, the feelings that it triggers – excitement, nervousness, a sense of novelty – are very much like those that accompany a new romance…

Dr. [Helen] Fisher, the author of ”Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love,” said girl crushes are as natural as any other kind of love. But they are romantic without being sexual.”

Could be. A girlcrush, according to this article, can be pretty intoxicating (hey, I’ve had one or two myself in my time), and I imagine especially so for a teenager or a very young adult just coming into her own and beginning to distinguish between a wide range of emotions (oh yeah, I guess I wasn’t REALLY in love with Johnny back in the eighth grade…). Hey, it’s harmless and cool, especially when the attraction is directed at a celebrity (there’s no chance of ruining a real friendship by revealing a girlcrush that could be misinterpreted by the other party).

(sits back and awaits the barrage of ‘if u posted this about kat u must have a girlcrush on her too i bet u are obsessed with her u r so sad and pathetic!11!one!1’ comments and/or emails)

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1 Response to “As long as they avoid going all SFW, s’all good.”


  1. 1 OsirisShotDown December 19, 2006 at 10:02 am

    I think that makes a lot of sense, actually. This last season of “Rockstar” (I know! I know! BAD!), I totally had a girlcrush on Storm.


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