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Seventeen or Sassy?

Posted by Ryan Morgan on August 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Seventeen or Sassy? For a certain generation of women, this question needs no elaboration. But each of these teen magazines had a distinctive style in the late '80s and early '90s—particularly when it came to discussing sex ed. They both had monthly sex columns, but where Sassy took a more frank, casual, well, sassy approach, Seventeen struck a somewhat clinical, but informative cord. Sassy’s sex ed was like talking to your older sister; Seventeen’s sex ed was like talking to your doctor. Let me put it another way.  While Sassy’s this:

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Seventeen is more this:

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Check out how each mag responds to the perennial question in teen magazines of "How far is too far?" While Seventeen’s “Sex & Body” columnist advised in a June 1993 issue:
Everyone has their own idea of what’s right and wrong, what’s too far or not far enough. The problem is, one single, definite, no-exceptions limit for everyone doesn’t exist. What’s right for you has to do with your personal beliefs, values, and feelings, as well as the relationship you’re in…
Sassy responded to the question in their June 1988 issue, “Am I weird if I don’t feel [turned on]?” with:
No. Neither are you a weirdo if you have constant daydreams about sex with Brian Bloom. (Well, if your fantasies are about Brian Bloom, you’re walking a fine line.)...   …The key to understanding your own sexuality is knowing what you are—and aren’t—ready for. Maybe you’re ready to take your sexual feelings a step further by masturbating or having sex. Or maybe you’re content with you Brian Bloom fantasies. Either way, remember there is not ‘right’ decision—except the one that you feel ready for.
So are you more Seventeen or Sassy?  

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