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Buffy is a Sassy girl

We had a lovely Solstice dinner last night (crab enchiladas! Thanks MiAmor!) with some old college pals. I wish I could say "old" in the sense of "dear", but my friends and I are gray enough that both meanings work just fine. *sigh* However! My darling Kitty, who happens to be McDiva's godmother, gave me a wee giftie that's already got the wheels turning this morning. It is a book entitled, How Sassy Changed My Life (a love letter to the greatest teen magazine of all time).

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:

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!



Dec. 23rd, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
*hands* AHHHH!!! Pratt!! You're a genius.

M. Mere gave me a subscription to Sassy in grad school, and we loved it so freaking much! There was such sadness in the household when it went away. I especially loved the way the movie ratings had menstrual equivalents, with "prostrate atop a crimson tide" supplanting the "one star" rating. *happy sigh* Good times. Also? Because of Sassy, we never refer to Michael Douglas without referring to him as "elderly jellybutt Michael Douglas." I'm totally getting that book.

Happy Solstice! Crab enchiladas sound fabulous. I'm currently conducting extensive testing to see if gingerbread cookie poisoning is a possibility. (The public deserves to know!) I'll keep you posted. ;)

Edited at 2009-12-23 06:02 am (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm currently conducting extensive testing to see if gingerbread cookie poisoning is a possibility.

Ah, science! It's in season! (BTW: watch the mails.)

Heh, one of the theses of the Sassy book is that you can still find the members of your tribe by asking, "Did you read Sassy?" If they did, you know you've found one of your own, and if they didn't (unless too young), well I'm sure they are very nice...

Your memory is much sharper than mine, but now I want to go diving through my storage boxes, to see if I can find my old issues. Alas, it's very possible that they are in there somewhere. (MiAmor found his old Creem magazines a couple of years ago, when I was reliving the mid '70s, so it's likely.)

Happy holidays, darling!