Monday, April 21, 2008

Sassy, the Magazine With Sass!

"Feeling Alienated? Make it Work for You!" What a refreshing message to see on the cover of a teen magazine. When Teen and YM were pumping out the same "How to Make Boys Notice You" pre-feminist drivel that girls had been subjected to for years, Sassy had the editorial vision and grrl power to be real, to be smarter than high school.

This is what I love(d) about Sassy, the best thing to happen to the teen magazine, maybe to any magazine, ever. I often wish I could find the magical newsstand, where lost magazines live. "Hey look, there it is, next to Spy." Maybe I'd even discover that Sassy had grown up, just like me. That would be so like her.

Now, I'm not saying there are no current attempts to put out a "women's" magazine for smart people—we have Bust, Bitch, and *sigh* Jane, of course—but none of them come close to Sassy. The distinction between Sassy and some of the above-mentioned pubs is the difference between a "Feminist" magazine and one that is pro-girl. That, and I wonder if any magazine today has the editorial integrity, or the deep-pocket luxury, to put advertisers in their place. Sometimes I miss it so much I think I'm going to be sick.

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