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!

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00:00:00 Hello, It Is September 1988 00:01:46 Spine Line + In Our Lives 00:04:01 Feature: Living With Racism 00:10:55 Feature: Where The Boys Aren’t 00:15:39 Fiction: The Talking Toes 00:21:26 On The Road: Lexington, Kentucky 00:23:16 Body Talk 00:34:18 Help 00:39:43 It Happened To Me: Tom Cruise Made a Movie at My House 00:41:48 What He Said: What Do You Think of Girls Who Are Jocks? 00:43:41 Stuff You Wrote 00:48:43 Goodbye For Now 00:50:44 Girl School Daze 00:51:49 Ten Little Toe Coffins 00:53:02 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