X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story by Eve Epstein

By Eve Epstein

Seen during the eyes of siblings 14 years aside in age, X vs. Y is a brilliant, humorous, trendy, and visually pushed anthology that com­piles and compares their generational cul­tures. It’s a narrative instructed via lists, infographics, essays, anecdotes, and pictures, with chapters dedicated to style, television, tune, know-how, relationship, books, and films. via musings on themes similar to leg heaters, Clueless, Sassy journal, and MTV, in addition to mixtapes and television characters, X vs. Y paints a portrait of 2 intricately entwined generations.

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Struggling to stay awake the night of, I fished through the piles of Betsey Johnson dresses, ripped jeans, and boyish button-ups on the floor of Eve’s studio apartment; almost equally important as attending a rock show was the outfit you wore to it. ” As you can probably guess, I had no clue this was the logo of the heavy metal band. I just thought it was, like, kiss, you know? So cute. With that, I wore some baggy blue corduroys with platform sneakers and clipped my straightened hair back with colorful clips on both sides.

Today, she doesn’t have time for that shit because she spends all day managing her brand (or “the Oprah”). For my generation—the first to become comfortable, for better or worse, with the idea that you could actually brand yourself—there’s one figure who stands out as the living emblem of this transformation: Madonna. ), here’s a quick review of what everyone on this planet already knows: Madonna, pop star, actress, director, children’s book author, clothing designer, icon, and businesswoman, is the top-selling female recording artist in the United States.

DEEJAY: That’s what I’m saying. Pick up some American men you can control! SCARY: No … you haven’t got it! GINGER SPICE (in an ooh-burn manner): Do you think you need controlling, then? Speaking on behalf of the American men? Because we’ll happily come down there to Seattle and educate you. This side of girl power—sticking with your girlfriends and standing up to boys—was something we needed; for many of us, this would be our first introduction to feminism. And while this school of feminism might have had a shiny, packaged veneer and come with some ethos we may now find questionable, it was clear about female empowerment and positivity.

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