Sorry to bump to this old thread (well, it's not so old), but I just want to voice out my opinion. I have to admit that if SCANDAL just stuck to rock, or whatever some of the fans think to be rock, I would have never been their fan. The main reason why I became and choose to be their fan is because of their musical diversity. I get easily bored of an artist especially if they repeat the same thing over and over again. I don't care if this artist sold a million or even a billion copies. If there are no new material worth listening to then you're out of my list. My opinion won't even harm the sales anyway since I'm just one person anyway. Just a matter of taste.
And oh, I beg to differ to some that say that they have reached their pinnacle (aka Shoujo S or Shunkan or whatever song that is). No, they haven't, and I'm glad they haven't... yet. Because that means that they can still push further up! I know they will. I will always love the SCANDAL of their indie days, but I also love the SCANDAL now. I can't really imagine them staying as what they are back then. That would stunt their growth as musicians!
As for the sexism thing, I have to admit I have sexist tendencies, but at a different perspective. I would have never taken SCANDAL seriously if they are all guys. Hahaha! Totally the reverse of most people (But still, I should stop being like this).
I would have just listened to a few of their songs and enjoy the music, but not become a fan. Male bands for me are so common, I take them for granted. But I would respect them as musicians because they know their stuff.
Also from experience, it's not just the guys that are being sexist about an all-girl band playing rock, pop rock, pop and everything in between, sadly gals also put down fellow gals, believing that girls should just be classified as follows: a female vocal solo or in an idol group. I think SCANDAL went through a lot before making this far. That's why I salute them for being strong and just shrugging off, or even laughing at the bad comments about them being a girl band.
And another thing, at which most of us already know, is that part of what made SCANDAL popular was unfortunately or fortunately (? I'm having mixed feelings for this), is their looks. Their looks is like a double-edge sword for them. Their looks may catch the attention of the general public, but this also hinders in process of them to be taken seriously. Somehow, I'm also saddened by the way some fans reacted to Taiyou Scandalous and PHS. Some of the comments were unnecessary and just plain rude, it's not logical anymore. Sure, they are pop tunes and these singles are not at the top of my list, but to say that they are going to ditch their instruments just because they danced in a single PV without their instruments is just wrong. It was like some are already waiting for SCANDAL to make that move and then rant out. That was totally uncalled for.
Personally, I've experienced what spin_along experienced, but in a different way. I know how to play guitar and whenever I see a guitar, I look for its owner and ask if they'll allow me to play it. Some even say, "You know how to play guitar?" I'll just flatly say "Yes." and play the guitar. Also, since my calluses disappear so easily, and my hands are small, they could never imagine that I can play guitar.