One Direction’s Harry Styles issues beautiful defense of teenage girls

It’s kind of remarkable how much energy our culture spends belittling teenage girls and their tastes. But in a new Rolling Stone profile, One Direction’s Harry Styles shares a wonderful, impassioned defense of his young female fanbase. As profile-writer (and famed director) Cameron Crowe writes:

Asked if he spends pressure-filled evenings worried about proving credibility to an older crowd, Styles grows animated. “Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That’s not up to you to say. Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.”

You can read the full profile on Rolling Stone’s website.

[Image: Harry Styles on Saturday Night Live (NBC)]

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  1. My just-about-teenage daughter likes Taylor Swift and Chainsmokers.. but she's also, in the last 6 months, asked me to load my Beatles catalog onto her iPhone, and also recently informed me she likes Green Day (which she discovered because all my wife and my music is on iCloud), so there's that.

  2. It's always nice to see someone who doesn't belittle their fans.

    Sign of the Times suuuuuuuucks though.

  3. It's not like teenage boys have better taste. Or adults of any gender. Or children.

    Taste isn't something that comes with age or gender.

  4. As the father of a boy, I've put some thought into this. Young teenage boys are desperate to prove they're not tweens, and - worse - not girls. So it becomes vitally important for them to loathe everything young girls like, especially music and celebrities.

    When I was a kid it was Bobby Sherman. (How it hurts to write that!) I remember when it was Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, who are both treated like (somewhat) serious artists today. Whoever Harry Styles is, good on him!

  5. This is definitely one of those topics on which I discovered I was previously an unwitting asshole. I'm glad this became a topic of public conversation before my daughter got any older and I had to face the "support her tastes, while also sharing mine with her" vs. "be a condescending asshole and tell her what's good and bad." crossroads. I hope I would've seen the light on this myself, but I'm honestly shocked that it took me as long as it did, and that it took people pointing it out to me for me to realize how gross and hurtful it is do heap derision on young girls in this way and treat them like particularly "unfinished" humans.

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