Why care about the victims when Stalker could focus solely on the men: the men who stalk, the men who angrily smash bottles against the wall, the men who douse women in gasoline, the men who say, to their partner at work, that they stared at her breasts because she was “wearing a silk blouse, hint of a bra, red fingernail polish; I took the male leap that it was meant to be noticed and my eyes lingered in hopes that you would be flattered.” Later, Larsen asks Davis, “Why do you wear sexy things if you don’t want men to notice?” When she replies that she dresses for herself, he waves away that answer: “Nice try.” Maybe you can make the argument that this is Stalker‘s way of showing Larsen’s vile characteristics and immediately painting him as Davis’ villainous enemy, but I get the sinking feeling that this is the show’s way of establishing him as cool and flirtatious.

i was in the library and this one guy saw my sub pop records sticker on my laptop and goes up to me and is like “Do you even know the bands on Sub Pop? Or are you just like those people that wear ramones shirts but only know one song?” and it was so annoying but i was like “Yea i mean i don’t know that many bands on subpop but ther are a number i like..and i love the ramones and punk music too” and he was like “Really what’s your favorite song? Or punk bands?” (obviously thinking that I was going to be stumped) and i was like “Uh.. off the top of my head: Minor Threat, Black Flag, Ramones, Sex Pistols, old Pennywise, and Bad Brains” and he had the most stunned look on his face LOL. 

BUT WHO CARES IF I KNOW THE BANDS OR NOT. I didn’t even really think about this exchange until I saw that quote about how teen girls are ridiculed constantly for their music taste.


Last year, when One Direction released “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks),” a combination Blondie/Undertones cover they recorded for charity, the Guardian’s Adam Boult was prompted to start a list of songs that “must never be covered.” Never mind that 1D’s medley got a seal of approval from Blondie’s Debbie Harry herself; Mr. Boult said it was an “abomination” that somehow “tarnished” the original versions. So it’s not about the gender of the artist doing the cover—it’s about the gender (and age) of their fans. Think about it: Young, poppy acts, have largely young, female fan bases. I believe the reason rockist dudes feel so dang uncomfortable watching these artists cover songs by bands they love is that it points out that they might have something in common with fans of Miley, Lorde, 1D, etc. They might actually have something in common with teenage girls. And what could be worse than that?

Here’s what I want to tell these people: You could do a lot worse than sharing a teenage girl’s taste in music. The pantheon of acts who couldn’t have gotten famous without the support of teenage girls includes a lot of people and bands you probably respect a lot: Michael Jackson. Elvis Presley. The fricking BEATLES. When Nirvana were around, most of their fans weren’t 50-year-old rock critics; they were kids.