Looking back at 80s media, this video curated essay examines the meaning of difference in Miami Vice, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller, through the lens of author Mash Tupitsyn’s own coming of age.
Reflecting on her motivations for identifying with gender-bending as a young girl, she writes, “We thought images were the road to adulthood and independence. We thought boys could be what they wanted to be. Images taught us, even if our parents didn’t, that men, not women, were independent. Romantic. Creative. We didn’t see the girls we wanted to be onscreen, so we thought being some kind of boy was to be some kind of image.”
Further insights on being an “80s child” can be uncovered in this interview.