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February 02, 2010 | By

Sassy was the best fucking magazine in the entire world. I only got the trail end of Sassy because it ended when I was in grade six. However, I still managed to get my hands on some archives. Looking back, Sassy was years a head of it's time: hilarious, challenging and empowering (after all, it was one of the only mainstream publications that the riot grrrls trusted.) It was everything a teen magazine should be.

'How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time' by Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer is a book devoted to the genius of Sassy. Listen to a radio show with the authors here.

One of the best parts of Sassy was the 'Dear Boy' segment where budding musicians like Thurston Moore, J. Mascis or Iggy Pop would answer love questions for teenage readers. Unlike the premise of Cosmo's 'Ask Him Anything' - a column where women are advised on sex by a mystery hunk - Sassy did it right. Cosmo reiterates gender roles while Sassy set out to break them. They proved that all men are not the enemy, just the shitty one's are and maybe the world isn't full of crappy dudes after all.

J. MASCIS:

"Do boys like big butts? Kim France

I am baffled by this question. Butts are so awesome that obviously the bigger, the better. Any guy who’s not a weirdo will take as much butt as he can get. I don’t know if you’re worried that yours is too big or too small, but it can’t be too big. Whatever it is, just get into it."

THURSTOON MOORE:

"There's this guy that I really like. He tells everyone that he doesn't even like me as a friend, but when we're alone together we do things that are reserved for people who think of each other as more than friends. What do I do?
A friend, more, or less? Huntley, IL

The guy's a jerk. I know that won't discourage you from liking him, but he's got a major personality flaw: disrespecting you. Be careful of this kind of butthead, because his sleaze behavior may rub off on you, and then your life will become more and more hellish. Next time you're alone with him and he tries to get "friendly," tell him your friend Thurston Moore wants to kick his ass. And then tell him why."

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