This Woman Is Getting A University Degree In One Direction
Getting out of bed for class might seem like a drag, but imagine just how up for it you'd be if you knew that when you got into school or uni, you wouldn't be facing an hour lecture on scientific formula or Shakespearean prose but a one to one with your tutor discussing the way One Direction dress for red carpets.
Enter Millie Lovelock, who is living a real life dream after signing up for a master's degree focused solely on One Direction.
While some might shrug this off as not a very serious subject, this is exactly why Millie's decided to study 1D at Otago University in New Zealand, as she's interested in how increasingly important fandoms are to modern pop culture and how academia and scoiety in general has a tendency to dismiss things that groups of young women are passionate about - in the case the One Direction fandom.
Interestingly, Millie wasn't a 1D fan from the beginning and it was actually a bandmate recommending the lads' movie, This Is Us, that got her interested after he explained how inspiring he found what they had to say about songwriting.
After watching the film and seeing the positivity that comes from the way the band interact with their fans, she decided to tailor her degree to explore the fandom, and particularly the intensity and effect they have had on their female fans, both in shaping their identities and in creating such a strong online community centred on a shared love of the boys.
"It's so powerful," Millie tells i-D. "When you think these are guys and they're singing from a male perspective. But the feelings they're singing about are the feelings that teenage girls are having."
"When people say, 'You've got all these crazy girls after you,' they're quite good at saying, 'They're not crazy, they're just excited, they're passionate, they're interested in something,'"
Millie's degree also involves exploring the importance of mediums like fan art, fan fiction and tumblr and the way they are allowing young women to explore their sexualities and identities.
"It's very remote and very helpful," Millie explains. "Because as a young woman there's not a lot being provided to you, no one's really talking to you about your sexuality. It makes sense to retreat into this online community where you can talk about this kind of stuff."
Sounds pretty smart to us, particularly if it stops people de-valuing the passion and strength of millenial women.
Now, where do we sign up too?
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