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"I Want It That Way": Teenybopper Music and the Girling of Boy Bands Open Access

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This article uses the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync as examples of boy bands that have attracted significant followings of girl fans. It critiques the devaluing of girls' musical aesthetics and suggests alternative means for understanding the popularity of boy bands in terms of the "girliness" of "boy" performers and the multiple opportunities for gender and sexual identifications and modes of gendered sociality afforded by boy band performance.

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