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Super-Special Summer Concert Report: Lilith Fair, Kelis, Robyn

Marisa and I in heaven listening to the Indigo Girls perform "Closer to Fine."

Last October, Marisa emailed me the press release to Lilith Fair with the message “We’re obvs going to this together. Maybe Jon will come.” I responded “OH MY GOD I am dying of excitement. Excitement that I didn’t feel about Lilith in the 90s. SO PSYCHED!”

We spent the last 10 months preparing for the day that, according to Marisa, would be “somehow really important for both of us.” I listened to a lot of Sarah McLachlan. Marisa talked up Lilith in interviews for her book, Girl Power, and pondered her clothing options, noting, “it might be a matter of how much tie dye I want to wear in one outfit.”

On August 1st, we went to the Lilith in Hatford, Connecticut. Jon has already had his say about it. Here, Marisa and I kinda, sorta give our own review as we chat about the allure of free tampons; how selling condoms isnt very 90s; Amy Ray’s hotness; and more.

Marisa: So Lilith. Where to even begin?
Kara: We could begin with the tailgating Connecticut lesbians who warmed our hearts upon entrance. Our cargo-shorted sisters.
Marisa: I only wish I had played beer pong with them. Confession: I have never played beer pong.
Kara: After we admired the tailgaters we went and walked around and came across the Lilipad.
Marisa: Omg, the Lilipad. Sponsored by ob, stay free and one other… carefree?
Kara: Maybe. I was mostly interested in ob, my favorite. You were pretty psyched. We left Jon outside so that we could go gather up free tampons.
Marisa: Why aren’t tampons always free? If men menstruated, would tampons be free?
Kara: Whoa. That is a really deep and important thought. That reminds me of the flavored condoms that Planned Parenthood was selling.
Marisa: Selling condoms is not very 90s, in my opinion. I’m pretty sure I didn’t pay for condoms once during the 90s. There were free condoms everywhere. Was that a college town thing?

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In the Girls’ Room: Pre-Internet Teen Girl Bedroom Culture

From left: Ada, Marisa, Kara. Photobomb guy in back: music fanatic who in conversation with Neal name-checked 85 bands in 7 minutes.

Back from EMP!

For our panel at the pop music and technology conference out in Seattle, Neal did a reenactment of the Alanis Morisette “Thank U” video. As he was naked for it, security guards carded everyone entering the auditorium and we were locked in the room for those three minutes. It was eerie, moving, funny and the perfect performance to open a panel about pre-internet teen bedroom culture. Continue reading

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90s Woman Is Off To EMP in Seattle!

ALL of 90s woman plus Marisa Meltzer and Neal Medlyn will be on a panel at the EMP Pop Music Conference in Seattle talking about “Pre-Internet Teen Girl Bedroom Culture.” We will be wearing plaid dresses and doing our nails while we talk. Also, glitter and nudity will be involved in our presentation. For more info see the EMP site.

Roundtable: In the Girls” Room: Pre-Internet Teen Girl Bedroom Culture

Venue: JBL Theater

Dressed in 90s-appropriate plaid tunics from the Miley Cyrus / Max Azria Wal-Mart collection, Marisa Meltzer, Kara Jesella, and Ada Calhoun will present a panel on the pre-Internet age girl’s bedroom, and how it shaped Generation X. At the conclusion of the panel, Neal Medlyn will do a recreation of the controversial video for the 1998 hit “Thank U” by Alanis Morissette that will illustrate pre-internet pop culture in all its wonder and cringe-worthiness.


Marisa Meltzer, “In the Girls” Room: Pre-Internet Teen Girl Bedroom Culture”

Kara Jesella, “In the Girls” Room: Pre-Internet Teen Girl Bedroom Culture”

Ada Calhoun, “In the Girls” Room: Pre-Internet Teen Girl Bedroom Culture”

Neal Medlyn, “In the Girls” Room: Pre-Internet Teen Girl Bedroom Culture”

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