The gender psychology of pop star worship

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Peter McFerrin, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. I rip on my mom a lot because she starts acting like a 12-year-old whenever the topic of Clay Aiken comes up (and she brings him up constantly). Tonight, after she demanded that we all stay silent while she watched a TiVo recording of the Bravo Entertainment Weekly special, which had a segment about Clay and Ruben, she admitted that she projected all of her neuroses and angst about the way she raised her sons onto Clay. I've noticed that at concerts, men don't scream and work their way into states of euphoria/hysteria at the sight of the lead vocalist, while even that whiny pansy Ben Gibbard was all but getting panties thrown at him when I saw Death Cab for Cutie (fairly well-known emo band).

    Is it just women who wholly invest themselves emotionally in entertainers, male and female? Why do men not do this? Is it a sexuality thing? Is it cultural conditioning?
  2. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Er, you DO know that there are various,,, THINGS that are different about men and women?

    We need to have a talk........

    Why do women read those lame cheesy love books that are churned out like frozen pizza? Why do they watch soap opera after soap opera? This is not true of every single women, but it seems that they are more sensitive (dur) to sensory input as a whole. Thusly it will easily "come over the top" of the kettle.
  3. I've thought about that, Poly, but men are more visually responsive creatures than are women (thus the relatively greater popularity of pornography among males). The mere sight of a heartthrob-type--not even hearing him, just seeing him--sends an enormous portion of the teenage female population into ridiculous hysterics.

    Perhaps it is just a question of greater sensitivity to stimulus, the difference here being that the stimulus in question is internal.

    Wow, I'm glad I'm going into economics and not psychology.
  4. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Come on man, wheres the r-e-s-p-e-c-t?

    I knew that, (men being more visual than women) but it had not entered my brain (it's 2 in the morning) until after I posted.

    Maybe it is more enternal. Maybe since we get our kicks by sight, we get our goods just by looking. Maybe thats not so for them, as they are more "touch" then "sight". Maybe their brains go haywire, since it's mighty damn hard to touch a super star.

    (Lets start one more sentence with "Maybe"....)
    Maybe I need to go to bed, reformulate my thoughts, and respond in the morn.

  5. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    For what it's worth, studies have found that men tend to have neural activity within one hemisphere at a time. For women there is more neural activity between hemishperes.
  6. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    Something to do with the fact that they're from Venus.

    Must be all that Sulphur. That does crazy things to people.