The State of One Direction: updates on the power structure of a boy band

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As sinister as it is that their yearly album drop is just days before the holiday shopping season begins, and as much crap as they get dealt for recycling vintage rock with slightly more swoon-worthy harmonies, One Direction deserves a lot of our appreciation for what they do for young womenBy deciding to belong to teenage girls, One Direction decided that they didn’t need to be taken seriously.

Boy bands are harmless first romantic interests, gateways to more diverse and better music, and a golden promise that there are men who don’t think your every thought and feeling is silly. But what happens when one-fifth of your daydream is out the door? When Zayn Malik parted ways with the other four-fifths of One Direction in March, there…

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