When I have been asked if I was a groupie, I never know how to respond. First, I never know how they are defining a groupie. Is it the female lead character in a movie like Almost Famous? Is it like Pamela Des Barres in her books? Do I assume that? If so, then, I assume that they are asking if I follow the band in order to get the ultimate autograph (some sort of sexual contact). Obviously, the answer here is no…but my answer is really not the important part. Of course, some may use the word to describe someone who just follows a band. Nonetheless, the term never feels good. It never seems positive. It always feels like some sort of put down. Then, I wonder if I’m the only one who has been asked this. Are other fans asked this? What about male fans? Do they get asked this? Do fans of actors or sports teams get asked this? Certainly, movies like Bull Durham would say that there could be sports fans who follow a team in order to have some sort of sexual contact.
Do you know what I think is really strange? I have seen and heard other fans call each other groupies or have implied that other fans are displaying stereotypical groupie like behavior. At those times, they certainly aren’t using the term to tell someone that she is fabulous. Nope. They used them as insults. Why do this? Why would other fans use a term like groupie? What purpose does that serve?
So, let me ask the rest of you here. How do you define “groupie”? How do you think others typically define it? Is it a term used only for females? Is it a term used only for fans of rock/pop bands? Have you been asked this question of whether or not you are a groupie? What do you think the best way is to respond to that? Have you seen fans call each other groupies in an insulting fashion? Any ideas why fans would do that? Obviously, I would welcome any and all answers to this. On top of my concern about having to respond last night, I’m also working on a chapter in the book that mentions groupies. I generally would like to know how people define it and how it comes up in our fandom, in Duranland.