“You’re not a real fan,” said an acquaintance to me as he saw my Avengers themed makeup bag.
He then went on to say that I only watched the movies because the actors who played them were good-looking. This boy, whom I had just met, went out of his way to try and tell me that I wasn’t as big of a fan as he was.
Suffice to say, I shut that thought down really quick when I told him Black Widow’s original storyline. I would like to say that that was my first and only encounter with people trying to tell me that I am a “fake fan”, but I would be lying and I know I am not the only one.
Time and time again, I have seen women questioned on the realness of their love for television series/movies/books/video games/sports, and told that what they’re into is strictly for guys only.
I’ve seen a guy interrogate a girl when she said she was a big fan of a particular football team. I’ve had someone question my sexuality because I told them that I read comic books and graphic novels. I certainly was not aware that my love for another person stemmed from my likes and dislikes of certain books. Any one of us can be a fan of whatever we like.
Society drills segregation of the sexes into everyone’s head.
Girls can only play with dolls and makeup, while boys are only allowed to play with cars and dirt. When people stray from those paths, they are ridiculed for doing so. Can I tell what I learned in my class today? Probably not, but if you ask me a question about Sherlock, I’m your girl. It is possible for women to love “boy” things, just like it is possible for men to like “girl” things.
The world needs to grow up because at the end of the day, it is 2017. Me wearing my Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back sweatshirt should not cause a riot and neither should any girl loving what she loves.