November 1988 Teen Life: Sick Moms, Fighting Sisters & Virgins

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Sassy is, of course, very proud of the work they did in their first few issues — describing what readers’ first sexual experiences might be like, demystifying boys’ bodies, profiling out queer couples, and so on. But apparently the hate mail we read in the October issue was just a tiny fraction of what they received, or so we must surmise given November’s lead feature: “Virgins Are Cool”! The issue then wends its way through how to land very cool jobs; what life is like for sisters who just cannot get along; a trip to Portland, Maine; and not one but two pieces about living with a mother who is ill. All this and much more: we hope you’ll be thankful for our first episode on the November 1988 issue!

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Episode Rundown

It Is November 1988

In Our Lives + Spine Line

Feature: Virgins Are Cool

Feature: Terrorizing Your Sister

Feature: Ten Amazing Jobs (And What It Takes To Get Them)

Fiction: Visitation Rites

Body Talk

It Happened To Me: Lynnโ€™s Mother Died Of Cancer


On The Road: Portland

What He Said: Do You Want To Live With A Girl Before You Marry Her?

Stuff You Wrote

Goodbye For Now

Crack Is Wack

Episode Notes

Notes To Boys on Bookshop
FX's Cake
Slaves Of New York on Thriftbooks
The Slaves Of New York movie on JustWatch
Sweetbitter on Starz
MTV's Museum Of Unnatural History
Daniel Carter Beard
"Should You Electrically Vibrate Your Period Pain Away?" at Slate
Betty Beauty Malibu (Aqua Blue) pubic hair coloring kit at Amazon
Billy Gallo on IMDb
Billy Gallo's website
Billy Gallo on Instagram