Who Is 90s Woman?


The blog 90sWoman.com began in September 2009 as a conversation between book authors and journalists Kara Jesella and Ada Calhoun about a misbegotten era.

Kara left the blog in 2010, but remains the reigning expert on Ke$ha. Ada continues to use the site to rave about forgotten YA books and to complain whenever someone gives Taylor Swift a bad review

Are you a 90s Woman? Take the quiz here. We welcome all testimonies about 90s womanhood. Email your thoughts along with a photo of you in the ’90s to adacalhoun@gmail.com.

This blog’s header image is by the fashion guru Magnus, and is used with permission. 

19 responses to “Who Is 90s Woman?

  1. Hannah

    I recently revisited Monie Love’s 1990 single “It’s a Shame”, then checked out the video.

    No booties, hardly any skin. Baggy clothes. Only hint of anyone having any sex is the presence of those adorable children. Excellent heart to heart, woman to woman advice. And a saxophone solo. A 90s feminist masterpiece. And favorite dance song of mine.
    On to Salt n Pepa.

    • The lyrics of “It’s a Shame” should be 90sWoman’s tagline:

      My sister, my sister
      Tell me what the trouble is
      I’ll try to listen good
      And give the best advice that I can give
      So, what’s up with you this time?
      Your honey took a dive
      And now he’s playin with your mind?
      Oh no, this can not be accepted
      The feelings that belong to you must be protected

    • Right, or this one! (Love how they pretend to be catcalling construction workers in the video!)

      Hot to trot, make any man’s eyes pop
      She use what she got to get whatever she don’t got
      Fellas drool like fools, but then again they’re only human
      And believe me, you, it’s as good as true
      There ain’t a man alive that she couldn’t get next to
      She had it all in the bag so she should have been glad
      But she was mad and sad and feelin’ bad
      Thinkin’ about the things that she never had

  2. Love your site! So many memories!

    Just saw that you had a mention in Bitch Magazine! Too cool! How did you do it? I’m trying to get more buzz for my music blog…

  3. thank you! we were so excited that bitch mentioned us. one of the editors reads the blog and she was nice enough to put us in the magazine.–kara

  4. Jami

    Bitch mag is how I found you! I’m so excited for this site. I remember watching Reality Bytes when I was a teenager and thinking, “I AM going to be Vickie Miner when I grow up!” (minus the GAP) haha. I love this!

  5. I love this site, and this talk about Alanis. I always hated her when she was first huge and I was in my early 20s, but then I dove in and started to love her when I was nearing 30 and falling apart. Her willingness to confess everything, and to stuff all kinds of absurd therapeutic speak into her lyrics, makes her embarrassing when you’re young and really, truly inspiring as you get older and see the beauty in vulnerability. Anyway, wrote about it here 11 years ago:


    Boy, I’m old. Not too old to be a ’90s woman, I hope! Love the site, keep up the good work.


  6. By the way, I found your link in Bitch magazine and just wanted to thank you. As a small-town chick in Alabama, it’s very difficult to find people (especially girls) with an appreciation for the 90’s. But as for me, I’ll keep blasting Alice in Chains, Nirvana and Hole (and keep rockin the combat boots) for a long time. Thanks for the inspiration! 😀

  7. Am I a 90’s woman? Can I be a 90’s teen?
    Also: I think I am deeply in love with this blog…

  8. Totally my new fave blog, you guys. I miss the 90’s hardcore sometimes! Unf, it was truly the best era to be a teenager, as long as you were into rock. Though I hear that about the 70’s, too…but I was like, 3, so that doesn’t count. I’mma send you some 90’s teen pix of myself to y’all.

  9. Hi 90s womens !

    Picked up the thread of this site from reading the most recent piece by Ada Calhoun – ‘Going off antidepressants turned me into a nympho’ – lol – anyway, just wanted to reach out and say hi from the ether.

    I played thrashcore bass in the l8 ’80’s – haven’t read too much on the web about the original hardcore scene, seems under represented, which make sense, as we were all in a paranoid state of shock from the Reagan Years…



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  11. Giulia

    Wonderful blog. Being a European 90’s woman, I find there is just one thing missing big time: the rave/techno/EDM culture and music. They were such a huge part of the 90’s for me and many Europeans (and also Americans, for that matter). Thank you so much for a great/ amazing/ fantastic/ interesting/ thought-provoking (and slightly nostalgic) blog.

  12. I’m excited to have come across your blog, but notice there have been no updates since 2011. Is this endeavor defunct? :\

  13. Useful info. Lucky me I found your website by accident, and I am
    shocked why this twist of fate didn’t took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

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