Spice Girls

Opinion: Why the Spice Girls Were a Huge Influence for Many Gay Kids Like Me

When word got out that The Spice Girls were reuniting FINALLY for an upcoming tour (allegedly, contracts still haven't been signed) in the states and across the pond, naturally I got overtly excited over this incredible news. 

As a kid of the 90's, who pretty much started buying tapes (remember those?) and CD's (REMEMBER THOSE?) when I was 8 or 9 years old, The Spice Girls came around in a time where I was truly debating what my sexuality was.

I knew, from a very young age, that I was unlike the other boys at my school.  I definitely knew that I liked other guys, but wasn't sure yet that all of this was an eventual sleigh ride into homosexuality.  I didn't even know what the word "gay" was until I was around 9 years old, coincidentally when The Spice Girls started coming onto the scene.

I know a lot of gay men have their "gay icons."  To me, what a gay icon is represents someone that you grew up with that helped you identify as your true self, regardless of whatever that is.  For some it was Barbra, for others it was Madonna, and for me, it was The Spice Girls.  The funny thing is, when all five of the girls were together, there was really no type of outward support for the LGBT community from them, however there were subtle approaches that they took that helped this guy embrace who he was and didn't shy away from it.

Something that they did, which other girl groups have tried to no avail for the most part, is that they sort of had an IDGAF mentality about what people thought about them.  Each girl represented something different that many of us could look up to, yet when all five of them came together it represented a power that was simply out of this world amazing.  The kids today really will never understand just how enormous this group was, and whereas current girl groups try to resonate on the same level as they did, it just doesn't add up comparatively.

The Spice Girls were all about "girl power" and empowering and influencing girls of all ages to be their true selves, regardless of what society thought about them.  That thought process triggered for me, and many other gay boys around my age, to do the same.  It's crazy that all of this intertwined, and they may not have realized what they did, but in part, they helped me come out of the closet when I was only 14 years old. 

Over twenty years later, I still listen to their music on the daily.  It's incredible that they only had a handful of albums, yet their songs spoke words to me on many different emotional levels that still tug at my heartstrings all this time later.  I have considered getting a tattoo for my late mother using lyrics from the song "Viva Forever" to exemplify how her memory will never be lost in my mind and in my soul.  On the flip side, if I ever wanted to throw a 90's party, you better believe that songs like "Who Do You Think You Are?", "Wannabe", "Spice Up Your Life" and of course "2 Become 1" will be on repeat throughout the night.

For me, The Spice Girls evoke happy memories and ones that were crucial in order for me to be the man I am today.  I may never meet any of them in my lifetime (fingers crossed that isn't true), but for Geri, Mel B., Mel C., Victoria and Emma... thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an influence on my life and for unapologetically being you throughout it all. "Viva Forever"... indeed. 

OPINION: Should the Spice Girls Reform?

Earlier last week, Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Scary set social media alight when they posted a selfie together, their first one in 6 years. Understandably, my gay little heart, as well as countless others, couldn't take it.

Having missed out on their 2007 reunion tour, I was determined to see them in any capacity in 2018.

Yesterday, rumors circulated that the Girls were to embark on another reunion tour, 11 years after their last, with sources claiming the girls know "its what the fans want".

Girl power is clearly not dead, with their first two albums and their greatest hits climbing back up the charts after the selfie post alone. The fan base is as strong and ravenous as ever, clearly, but I can't help but think, is it really the best idea?

The girls we once knew to stomp about in platform heels and bum skimming dresses are now much more mature women, with their priorities in a lot of different walks of life. they are not the same group that they were 22 years ago. Mel B has carved out a successful career as a talent show judge, Geri has expanded into TV presenting and baking, Melanie C is going strong as a solo act, Emma has a radio show, and Victoria has a fashion empire. Sure, they're icons, but are they really pop stars any more?

Pop music is ever changing, and their brand of bouncy, retro funk contrasts a little too much with the music landscape today, where tropical house, rap and acoustic guitars saturate the charts.

Thinking more and more about it, I'm just not sure if I'd want to see five women who don't really seem to want to be there, up on stage going through the motions for two hours. The reunion tour in 2007 was a fun throwback, but there was no plan to continue afterwards, and it felt more like a remembrance.

The spark they had back then isn't there now, and something so high profile seems like it may not end well for the girls.

We all love a bit of nostalgia, but has the Spice Girls time come and gone now? Is it time to put the union jack dress to rest?

Let us know in the comments if you want the Spice Girls to Spice Up Your Life one more time, or if its just Too Much...

 

(All opinions expressed in this article are of the writer himself and not the opinions of Instinct Magazine)

It's Official! The Spice Girls Are Back!

Just as reported late last year, the Spice Girls are back for new projects and to make our gay fabulous dreams come true!

When their first reunion since 2012 was announced last year, it was thought that Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham, was not on board—per usual—but now we’ve learned that all five spicey pop stars are back together and moving forward in 2018!

Just look at the ladies today:

 
 

Great catch up with my girls! #bffs always  the future is looking spicy!

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We can all thank Simon Fuller for bringing the girls back together.

A source shared with The Sun about the reunion:

This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again. But after a long period of negotiation Victoria agreed the time is right to work on new projects this year. It’s very exciting because she has always been adamant she wouldn’t go back. Victoria and Geri agreed it would be impossible to be part of a  fully-fledged tour because of family and business commitments. Now that she’s a top designer Victoria is concerned about singing but she wants to make money to pump back into her business.

The pop sensation girl group will get $12 million each in order to reunite. The reunion includes new music, television shows, a greatest hits compilation—and can we dream of another cult-classic movie?!