As to why so many teenage girls prefer pouty “sensitive”-looking boys, psychologists long ago explained this as a manifestation of sexual immaturity. Conventionally masculine adult males are too intimidating for the adolescent female to imagine them as romantic partners. The implications of her own role in a relationship with such an imposing figure — what it would mean to be a man’s partner — understandably frighten the girl; it is more comfortable to focus her affection on a somewhat effeminate boy/man. Indeed, from the perspective of developmental psychology, it might be considered inappropriate if a 13- or 14-year-old girl chose an overtly “macho” romantic idol. However, it is even more inappropriate to expect adult men to conform their behavior so as to appeal to the immature emotional needs of adolescent girls, and yet Ms. Gibson sees no problem in demanding that men emulate “excellent examples of masculinity” like a make-believe pirate from a Disney movie or an elf-prince from Middle Earth.
As for why adolescent women give a pass or are even interested in displays of affection (quasi-homoerotic behavior) between members of the say boy band? Or are interested in shoujo anime featuring romance between males? A projection of intense female affectivity onto male friendships? Or a projection of the same sort of sexual "flexibility" that immature women have?
What does one say about a 40-year-old divorcee's proclaimed crush on Justin Bieber to her class? Creepy?