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This Is What A Fangirl Is Not

'I'm a fangirl, but I'm not...' sheds some light on fangirl misconceptions.

Fangirls. It seems silly that in 2015 they'd be viewed as anything but awesome. Fangirls are the foundations (often economically) of some of the top touchstones in our culture, and they wield all sorts of mighty power that can very seriously make or break a particular music act, TV show, movie, etc.

So why do fangirls sometimes still have to defend themselves? The most immediate answer is likely that the entire concept of "fangirling" is misunderstood. That's why Amplify, a self-described "entertainment hub for teens," took the liberty of talking to some actual fangirls to clear up some of this confusion.

The fangirls in this video all self-identify as fangirls, and then they go a step further, talking openly about what they're not, which, for a fangirl, is just as important to her identity. For example: "I'm a fangirl, but I..."

  • "Will give my idols the privacy that they deserve."
  • "Don't 'ship real people -- fictional characters are fair game, though."
  • "Am not antisocial."
  • "Would never put myself in danger just to meet someone that I like."
  • "Am not always crying."
  • "Am not mindless and un-opinionated."

And there's plenty more where that came from in the video above. So, what fangirl stereotypes do you wish you could break down?