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Nov 14, 2016

I loved dances in high school. As an adult, I think the closest we have to school dances are weddings, but it’s still not the same excitement of the unexpected that came from school dances. Except for November of my sophomore year. There was one dance I did not look forward to: Sadie Hawkins Day Dance. I was lucky enough to have a girl who looked enough like me in passing who I got to ask for me. Thank god every girl at the time had the Rachel hair cut.

That, in and of itself, should indicate how times have changed since then. And now, it’s common for girls to ask boys to any dance or boys to ask boys or girls to ask girls or to not have to ask anyone at all.

In this episode, we’ll be talking about the fictional comic strip character; her creator, a misogynist; the Greek myth she may be based on, and and how she inspired women in the ‘50s to chase men around campuses in the ‘50s. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is the story behind Sadie Hawkins.

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