Is it time to quit dismissing the taste of teenage girls and start appreciating Justin Bieber?

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Eric Gruneisen

It's also worth noting, as others have, the important role these artists play for teens and tweens who are preparing to navigate the world of being an adult with issues in love, sexuality, and image.

Lyrics about romance, desire, heartbreak and those little things that make you perfectly imperfect can be liberating to hear when sung by someone close to their age group, and it's an added bonus for them to have these individuals they can arbitrarily obsess over and identify with. When Demi Lovato came clean about her struggle with bulimia, self-injury, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and subsequent treatment, teen girls suffering from similar problems had a teen icon to look up to who was actually a teenager. Seeing a peer in the public eye open up about issues like this allows those who are more terrified to admit their problems feel a little less alone.

See also: Bieber Fever -- the "Fieber" -- can lead to severe discomfort

So while it has yet to be determined whether or not one of those 1D boys will pop off as the next Justin Timberlake or if Justin Bieber's hair-flip will contain the same historical poignancy as, say, Elvis Presley's hip-swivel, it's not unreasonable to believe that, given a few years and inches in height, we'll all collectively decide it's okay to admit your iTunes play count of "Boyfriend" or "What Makes You Beautiful."

In the meantime, it may be worthwhile to think about not only how we talk about the women who make and perform music but the women and young girls who listen to music, as well. Will you have the balls to admit that maybe those millions of girls have pretty damn good taste?

See also:
- Bieber Fever -- the "Fieber" -- can lead to severe discomfort
- It's official: Justin Bieber more badass than Axl Rose
- Justin Bieber's new track, "Boyfriend," defies those snap judgments you just made






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George Abbott
George Abbott

No. Not until the talent level gets back to The Beatles.

K. Lyn Baker
K. Lyn Baker

Closer to David Cassidy than Justin Timberlake.

Michael Howell
Michael Howell

No. This has to be a trick question right? Bieber sucks. Not really a fan of Timberlake either.

David Stone
David Stone

No. Timberlake has style and a cool demeanor, Beiber is a tool.

Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders

Oh nasty. When I first read that headline I thought y'all were talking about eating girls.

Denise Ortega
Denise Ortega

If teenaged girls want to spend all their time and money on a skinny kid who can't dance and certainly can't sing, what do I care? At least they aren't spending it on drugs. Doesn't bode well for the future of music, though, when he gets referenced as an "influence" on the industry. Sad.

Sara Sylvia
Sara Sylvia

I don't think a lot of people hate him just for the sake of hating so much as we're just tired of the same old crap produced for the same audience over and over again. I have yet to meet a full grown adult in person get pumped about anything he does, it seems his main publicity comes from teenage girls and almost middle age rappers.

Vivi Sojorhn
Vivi Sojorhn

Possibly he'll have to suffer a great tragedy for us to believe he's grown up and has something to say...or sing about.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

No. Justin timberlake is talented and can act and sing and dance. Beiber is a phony.

Madison Chelsea Watson
Madison Chelsea Watson

did you read the article? i love the part where it says "So while everyone bides their time loving them in secret or hating them for the sake of hating something, 1D and the Biebz will never be respected because everyone knows their fans -- teenage girls -- are never to be trusted with matters of taste."

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Without autotune, half of these 'artists" would be looking for real jobs.

Tarayn Marissa
Tarayn Marissa

NO. He turned down Justin's help for Usher too btw.

Tony Soto
Tony Soto

Not even close with his fake ass singing!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Some guys like the taste of teenage girls ...

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