September 1988 Teen Life: Racism, Boarding School & Talking Toes

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Sassy‘s first back-to-school issue makes a few major missteps: a feature called “Living With Racism” whose white author relentlessly others her interview subjects, all young women of color; and an imbecilic fiction story from premiere issue Justine Bateman harasser John Elder. But “Where The Boys Aren’t,” about the all-girl boarding school Emma Willard, leaves at least one of your co-hosts yearning for some single-sex scholastics. Then we go On The Road to Lexington, where Sassy is disabused of some of its hick stereotypes; get an It Happened To Me from a girl whose house was used as a Rain Man shooting location; hear What He Said about female athletes (and, as usual, wish we hadn’t); and take a trip through the feelings being expressed in Stuff You Wrote. All this plus an itchy Body Talk and a typically squicky Help in our latest episode!

Episode Rundown

Hello, It Is September 1988

Spine Line + In Our Lives

Feature: Living With Racism

Feature: Where The Boys Aren’t

Fiction: The Talking Toes

On The Road: Lexington, Kentucky

Body Talk


It Happened To Me: Tom Cruise Made a Movie at My House

What He Said: What Do You Think of Girls Who Are Jocks?

Stuff You Wrote

Goodbye For Now

Girl School Daze

Ten Little Toe Coffins

Pam Never

Episode Notes

Dave overstated the death toll from hurricane Gilbert by a factor of 10 because he's a monster
Nancy Toy on LinkedIn
Emma Willard School
Inderal drug facts (including side effects)
"What Your Skinny Jeans Are Really Doing To Your Vagina" on
"10 Facts About Toxic Shock Syndrome Every Tampon-Wearer Should Know" on
Pauline Ach at the Wooster Voice in 1989...
...and 1991
1984 Velveeta Slices commercial starring Kirk Cameron and Jenny Lewis
The Midnight Miracle on Luminary