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“Dirty Girls” Shows Teenage Girls Navigating A Murky High School Wasteland

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"Dirty girls"

I watched this 17-minute documentary called “Dirty Girls” and my heart fell out of my chest for these girls. Shot by then-high school senior Michael Lucia in 1996, the film investigates a group of 13-year-old girls with a reputation for being “dirty” –as in unwashed and unclean. The “Dirty Girl” crew is spearheaded by two sisters, Amanda and Harper, who just don’t give a fuck what other people think of them. The girls make a riot grrl zine that they distribute around school — and some of the worst criticism they get is (surprise, surprise) not from boys, but from other girls, many of whom appear to espouse an “alternative” aesthetic, too.

Man, high school. Keep reading »

5 Terrible ’90s Fashions We Can’t Believe We Ever Wore

Earlier this week, Lady Gaga went all ’90s on us and wore almost the exact same Versace safety pin dress that then unknown model Elizabeth Hurley made famous in 1994. Gaga had just spent the day with Donatella Versace, so who knows, maybe they’re in cahoots to make what’s old new again.

But let’s be clear — if we’re bringing ’90s fashion back, there are a few things that shouldn’t be resurrected. I’m all for some flannel shirts and some dark red lips, but I draw the line at these five ’90s trends that should stay where they belong – buried underground forever next to a “Boy Meets World” VHS boxset and a Marky Mark CD. Read more…

Get With the ’90s Program, Ladies

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It’s the ’90s, so turn down the Spice Girls, get off your cellular, dial up your modem and let’s get this party started.

Do Not Want: The Return Of “Beavis And Butthead” And “120 Minutes”

Now in most ways, I am thrilled to see the ’90s come back. I loved that, last year, both The Pixies and Pavement were on tour. I’m excited about rewatching both “Clarissa Explains It All” and “Hey Dude.” I watch the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” on SoapNet most afternoons, and get secretly excited when I see girls in babydoll dresses and/or Doc Martens on the street. But, unfortunately, MTV is trying to bring back back the things I don’t miss about the decade. Prime example: “Beavis and Butthead.” I thought this show was funny for approximately two episodes, and then even though I found it uber-grating, I had to endure another year of every guy at school doing “Cornholio” impressions in the hallway. Still yesterday, the show’s creator Matt Judge appeared at Comic-Con to talk about the reboot of the show, which will begin airing on MTV in October. Judging from the clip above that premiered yesterday, it’s just as obnoxious as I remember.

Slightly less offensive—MTV2 is bringing back “120 Minutes” starting July 30. Keep reading »

’90s Teenybopper Crushes Presently Unworthy Of Our Love

Most of us recall the vague sense of pain accompanied by pining for a man who would never know we exist. Luckily, many of our crushes of yore seem much less intimidating now. We’ve come a long way since we got popcorn stuck in our braces while watching Nickelodeon. Click through to see what’s become of our ’90s teenybopper crushes. Keep reading »

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