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What an attack at an Ariana Grande show means for teen girls and their world

Pop concerts provide safe spaces for them to express pent-up emotions.

Ms Grande’s concert was where girls danced silly, belted out lyrics and flailed their limbs together, glorying in loud music and flashing lights.

THE pink balloons, floating above the maelstrom of panicked concertgoers, are what struck me first. Images of innocence, bumping along above hordes of shrieking children, many of whom refused to release their balloons even as they fled the arena.

Do you remember your first pop concert?...

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