Beatlemania got entrenched in the American system and a way of life then; it was considered as inevitable as acne or gum chewing and thus the adults had no other way than to weather it out.With the maturity and the prosperity of the United States at the time, it would have been hard to understand why Beatlemania became such a big deal for them. This was partly because of the numerous problems and issues that had bedeviled it (LEWIS, 7). These included racial segregation and others that bordered on how the younger generations were treated and viewed. On an offensive charm, most adult experts went ahead to try and give out reasons why the girls behaved the way they did, characterizing this to the insect behavior. They painted the Beatlemania music as compelling and gave the idea that the young girls were impelled to scream, weep and flip ignoring their willingness. Most people linked the Beatlemania phenomenon with the ongoing wave of racial rioting. It represented an act of defiance and brought out the craziness that existed in younger girls who had conformed to a standard set of good behaviors that had been laid down for them. Previously shy, subdued girls could go berserk with the emergence of this music group. They did idolize the Beatles and clearly saw the defiance in them which they projected onto themselves. Pat Hagan noted that this was a tumultuous young generation that needed its idols, and the same views were shared by David Riesman, who described the Beatlemania as a form of protest against the adult world.Part of the fans’ energy displayed was sexual. One of the major reasons for this craze of Beatlemania by the young American teenage girls was the sexual repression that had preceded this period. Most Americans at the time, despite what Freud had revealed about teenage sexual expressions, did not like to believe that twelve-year-old girls would have had any sexual feelings to repress (LEWIS, 9). No ordinary girl or a fully grown woman was supposed to have the libidinal voltage required for the three hours of screaming, sobbing and incontinent experienced in the Beallemania craze. This caught most psychologists unawares and puzzled as it went against the traditional and regular norms. To explain this, some psychologists argued that adolescents did undergo through strenuous periods of emotional and physical growths that often led to the need for
Work citedLEWIS, LISA A. The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture And Popular Media. New York: Willy & Sons, 1992. print.
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