My coming out as an A-ha fan
Keywords:Closet fandom, Crush experience, Female fandom, Lifelong fandom, Pop idolatry, Popular music fandom
Many adult women who fancy a pop star are ashamed of their feelings, instinctively knowing the only acceptable fandom after adolescence is that of the (male) expert, untainted by desire. This might result in suppressing a crush on a band for years or even decades, thereby neglecting a valuable resource in difficult times. This personal account tells of coming to terms with being a fan of the '80s band A-ha at the age of forty-four. [Translation of 2019 German-language article "Mein Coming-out als Fan," Taz, November 12, 2019]
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