NY Times/Nina Fineberg
Ha, I don’t think I’m having a mid-life crisis, unless Googling ex-boyfriends during lulls at work suggests otherwise.
I was going to post that same article, because it made me think a lot of things: 1. A.O. Scott is my age?! (Turns out he was born in 1966, so he’s a decade older than us, but still qualifies as Gen-X.) 2. Weird how I feel like Greenberg and Hot Tub Time Machine and all that have nothing to do with my teen nostalgia, even if I may be up for seeing them. (Did men and women really have different experiences of the ’90s? Maybe co-ed teen life is really a 21st century thing.) 3. The Vows section of that same Sunday’s paper was really the most Gen-Xiest thing ever, way more instructive about the demographic than the article explicitly about it. Scared of marriage because of parental divorce? Check. Outwardly hipsterrific but secretly ultra-traditional? Yup. The clincher: “My dream is for us to work together, to share an office. That way I never have to miss her.” At what point in time would that ever be a normal thing for a guy to say of the lady he’d just wed in St. Patrick’s Cathedral?
P.S. Tony Scott, Generation X wasn’t that bad a band!
In honor of the Oscars, we at 90swoman present our top 10 90swomanest of 90s movies. We are not saying these are the best movies ever, just that we feel they are the most 90swomanish. Feel free to correct us. As we learned from the 90s, everything is subjective. And no one yet has determined just what that era was all about. We’re writing history here, you guys!
1. Say Anything (1989, but c’mon!)
K: An emo kickboxer who cant figure out his future woos and wins the smart girl. It is like this movie predicted every 90swoman relationship in the entire borough of Brooklyn. (PS. Personal 90s points: A college boyfriend now has Lloyd Dobler circa the crucial boom box scene tattooed on his upper thigh. This tattooing took place after we broke up, fyi.)
A: Teenagers today have not seen this movie — can you believe it? I have personally shown it to, like, three and they all liked it so much. I am evangelical about this film. Give the DVD to an 00s teenager today and teach them about history!
2. Slacker (1991)
K: There is a woman who produces Madonna’s pap smear. Also, it takes place in Austin.
A: I moved to Austin a few years after this movie came out and people were complaining that Austin was no longer like it was in the movie. There was a “Keep Austin Weird” bumper sticker campaign and everything. But that town always has been and always will be super 90s, and the perfect place on earth to be twenty-two years old and a little trampy.
important note: i actually really liked the SATC book. much darker than the movie or tv show.
Ada, those SATC girls should totally go read some Judith Butler, and perhaps some Karl Marx. I mean, I like shoes as much as anyone–I used to work at fashion magazines!–but the movie is really a perfect example of what happens when feminism meets rampant capitalism.
And you are right, I feel like my life was filled with SATC types sometime in the early 2000s. I remember sitting in my office at Conde Nast with a publicist who was going to St. Barthes with her boyfriend for a long weekend. She told me that she had packed 12 bikinis—3 for each day—then leaned over my desk and half-whispered, “This better be the weekend he proposes.”
Remember in the 90s when it seemed like everyone could live a super boho life in Austin (which you did!) or Olympia, making zines and going to shows and working part-time at coffee shops?
Well, most 90swomen can’t afford to live the Slacker lifestyle now; they realized, eventually, that they needed higher-paying jobs. And they also realized that writing “slut” across their stomach like they did as students wouldn’t really work in an office environment; more likely they would have to deal with a boss like (a very nice) one of mine who said “I’m scared of you right now” when I told him I was a feminist.
But that doesn’t mean we gave up our politics.
Barefoot and bookish Taylor Swift, courtesy of Blogs.VillageVoice.com
Kara, okay I am going to try to respond to your wonderful flurry of post-grad-school-application posts.
You gnawing on that pen is totally the highlight of that Gen X movie trailer. I can’t wait to see it, and yes, it seems a little male-centric, but it also doesn’t seem to be all white, which so many Gen-X things are, so that bodes well.
Now on to the feminist moments of the last decade, of which Double X has a list, and so does our friend Mikki Halpin on Alternet. Mikki’s list is more selective and I found it more useful. I totally agree with her on the top three defining moments being: the Obama election, Rihanna’s battery, and Dr. Tiller’s murder. Continue reading
Kara, have you read Katie Roiphe’s essay on the cover of today’s New York Times Book Review, “The Naked and the Conflicted“? In it, she glorifies the lust-celebrating writing of the Old Lions like Mailer and Roth. By comparison, Gen-X male writers are simpering girly-men, she suggests.
Neal says the whole essay is one long personal ad about how Katie Roiphe likes S/M, hates feminism, but I think it perfectly summarizes the backlash against Third Wave Feminism, which translates to: it’s no fun. Continue reading
i reviewed x saves the world, i had the opportunity to explain to a slightly perplexed gen x panel consisting of jeff gordinier (x‘s author), jeff chang (cant stop, wont stop), and douglas rushkoff (get back in the box) that not everyone who grew up in the 90s hated britney spears. rakeda lashae filmed this pop culture skirmish of the sexes for an upcoming documentary about gen x. it looks like it might have a similar testosterone-heavy vibe, though i still think women had their own very special babydoll dress-clad, sassy-reading, pro-choice marching experience of the 90s. i hope some of that will be represented but, if not, thats what this blog is for.
last year, after
and either way, ill watch it. i cant resist a movie featuring a guy in a “black nerds unite” t-shirt or, for that matter, featuring me, even if it is just biting on a pen for about 2 seconds at 2:44.