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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:

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!

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rebcake
Jan. 11th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
a little monthly dose of fun feminism

Yep! It was a much more positive experience than getting Ms which always made me furious at the inequity everywhere. Sassy was all about the joy of being a girl. Tempered with reality, of course.

However, if you can find Bust in your area (it is in grocery stores in my neighborhood, but my neighborhood is unusual), I think you might find it does the trick. Alas, it is not directed at teenagers.

Sorry for the late reply! I blame the holiday madness.