Flashback Friday-90’s Television Teens-Sweet Valley High (1994-1998), California Dreams (1992-1997) & Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)

To a certain generation, there are some television shows (as corny or ridiculous as we may think of them now), that take them back to a simpler time and place.

In the 1990’s television for the younger generation was pretty much cookie cutter. In honor of my generation’s younger years, this post takes us back to a time when our lives were not so complicated.

The first show I am going to write about is Sweet Valley High (1994-1998). Based on the books by Francine Pascal, the television show follows the lives of the teenage blonde California twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield (Cynthia and Brittany Daniel). Jessica is outgoing, fashionable sister while Elizabeth is the quiet, literary type.

Let’s face it, this show and the books are not that deep. But there is something other teenage lives that always seem to bring any audience in.

The second show is California Dreams (1992-1997). The show followed a teenage band, The Dreams as they play music and work through the experience that is being a teenager.

Again, this show was not that deep. But for the then teenage generation, the music was cool and the stories were comparable their own lives.

And finally, the show that started it all: Saved By The Bell (1989-1993).  Relying on stereotypes: the charmer, the nerd, the jock, the fashion victim, the cheerleader and the brain, this was must see television for a generation.

Let’s face it. The show is very much part of it’s era. Everything from the clothes to the technology screams early 90’s. But it is a classic and continues to be must see for teenagers, even if reruns.

Do I recommend them? Why not?



Bad Feminist Book Review

While the larger goal of feminism is equal rights, there are many smaller goals under the banner of feminism that still need to be reached.

Roxane Gay’s 2014 book, Bad Feminist, is a series of essays on feminism. She writes about topics that include Chris Brown, the Sweet Valley High book series and the images of women of color that we currently see on screen.

What I liked about this book  is that it comes from the perspective of a woman of color. Ms. Gay is the daughter of Haitian-American immigrants. Feminism often comes from the view of a Caucasian woman from the upper and middle classes. While the feminist voices from women of color are getting louder, they are not as prominent as they could be. The title of the book is very appropriate. Even the staunchest of feminists may sometimes fall back to the male/female double standard because that is what many of us were raised on.

The last few lines of the book are as follows:

“No matter what issues I have with feminism, I am a feminist. I cannot and will not deny the importance and the absolute necessity of feminism. Like most people, I am full of contradictions, but I also don’t want to be treated like shit for being a woman.

I am a bad feminist. I would rather  be a bad feminist than no feminist at all”.

I agree with that statement completely and I absolutely recommend this book.

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