Oh, how the memories flooded back! Both Kitty and I were well out of our teens by the time Sassy came along. And truthfully, lots of its admirers were not in the (supposed) target demographic. I remember Joey Ramone saying it was his favorite, for instance. I'm guessing one Joss Whedon was also a true believer. Sassy was gone by 1994, but just check out this description from the flyleaf:
Sassy was the arbiter of all that was hip and cool, inspiring a dogged devotion from its readers while almost single-handedly bringing the idea of girl culture to the mainstream. [It had a] unique fusion of feminism and femininity.
It's this last bit that got me thinking about Buffy. She's definitely got that "glad to be a girl" thing going on, which I always love to see, being glad to be a girl my own self, and she is perfectly fine with being the power, all her complaining to the contrary. For me, one of Buffy's greatest moments is in Gingerbread, where she steps between the jocks and their target (goth boy, in this case) and asks brightly if there's a problem. No ma'am, no problem, assure the jocks, backing away. The implication is that Buffy does this all the time, culminating with the umbrella trophy scene in The Prom, which makes her public heroism explicit.
Anyway, I'm now thinking that Sassy editor Jane Pratt was a direct inspiration for a lot of what we see in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, possibly including Spike/William's supposed "real" last name. I'd like to think that was at least part of Joss' leetle joke there, anyway. I could go on and on about how great magazines have far-flung cultural influence even when they are small, but I'm a believer in brevity, so I'll just say Happy Holidays and Boy Howdy!