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As Justin Bieber's future mother-in-law, I can tell you from first-hand experience that most young girls love him and that most boys, well, don't! My nine-year-old now signs her name "Mrs. Bieber" and creates monogrammed jewelry displaying her married name. She's also already named her three future Bieber children. Having myself been formerly engaged (in my head) to Michael Jackson, Leif Garrett and all five members of Duran Duran in a past lifetime -- I totally get it! When I suggested, from personal experience, that her marital expectations might be a bit far fetched, she pointed out to me that a young Katie Holmes had wished she'd marry Tom Cruise, and we all know how that turned out!
Now, on the other hand, I don't have sons, but I don't need to in order to figure out that Justin Bieber seems to be the equivalent of "cooties" to most boys. This theory was further proven to me when I recently chaperoned my daughter's fourth grade school trip and the kids -- especially the boys -- started to get rowdy on the school bus. After loudly asking the guys to bring it down a notch several times, I decided to try a different approach. I asked the girls, all sitting in the same section, to sing a Justin Bieber song. They happily obliged by belting out the lyrics to "Baby." The boys started cringing, covering their ears and begging for the girls to stop. I took advantage of their vulnerable state to negotiate their silence in exchange for that of the giddy girls'. To the delight of the teachers, fellow parents and especially the bus driver -- my plan worked.
The bus experience only made me more curious about boys and their aversion to Bieber, so I started asking my daughters, friends, other parents and even some boys themselves. I basically got the same answer from all of them: Boys think that Bieber's voice is too high, his music too bubble-gum and his image too soft. Of course, most of the girls seem to think that boys are just jealous of Bieber's talent, popularity and that unbelievable hair.
The 16-year-old Canadian singer's signature locks are so famous that an MTV video of Bieber drying and styling his hair received over 100,000 hits online. Some of the same boys who ran screaming from anything Bieber are running to their barbers to request his signature 'do. Many of the boys who want Bieber's look are too embarrassed to mention his name when requesting the style. Instead they resort to giving a detailed description or even showing a photo of the pop star all in the hopes of getting the desired result -- positive attention from the opposite sex.
As for this mom of a girl who loves Justin Bieber, I'm just happy to hear that my future son-in-law plans to remain pure. After all, my daughter deserves the best!
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