a vintage “pseudo-womanist boys” rant

by marjorieingall on December 19, 2017

On Twitter, writer Meg Nesterov reminded me via her Instagram that I wrote this in Sassy in 1994. It seems….relevant. 

I feel like I need to footnote this for the Youth of Today. But the Youth of Today can Google. WE DIDN’T HAVE GOOGLE IN 1994, YOUTH OF TODAY! (Here’s a freebie, though: The last line is a reference to Antioch College’s affirmative consent policy, which people were horrified, furious and sneering about back in the day.)

I would cut the line about Republicans if I were writing this now. But back then people still talked about Rockefeller Republicans; Republicans then were not the semi-sentient garbage fires they are today.

Also, shut up, Matt Damon. When this was published, Matt Damon was best known for School Ties, starring Brendan Fraser. Ben Affleck had seventh billing, playing “Chesty Smith,” which, fun fact, was also the name of his character in Justice League.




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tanita December 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Oh, Sassy. How your unique and snarktastic voice is missed. And there is SO much snark in this, I laughed out loud.

Adelaide Dupont December 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm

I mostly remember School Ties because of Chris O’Donnell and this article in TV HITS in late 1996/early 1997 which featured him.

And, yes, Damon and Affleck from the time.

I think Ethan is probably Ethan Hawke – or there were names from the time?

And Crichton Crichton Crichton!

That Chesty made me snort!

marjorieingall December 20, 2017 at 9:45 pm

I still have never seen School Ties even though I loved Brendan Fraser. I do remember seeing Chris O’Donnell as a teenager in Men Don’t Leave a million years ago, and man, he was good!

Oh, and Alex, Ethan and Mike were dudes who worked at the magazine.

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