Friday Prom Post “It Is My Revolution That I Dance To” Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, November 5, 2010 14:15 EDT
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One reason I’m glad the election is over is that it means I can spend more time thinking about and promoting our Radical 80s Prom on December 3rd at the Bowery Poetry Club. Marc made this ad for it that mocks Wham a little, and I have to say I find it quite funny:

If you want to come, I’d be so grateful if you RSVP on Facebook.

It’s $12 at the door, and runs from 10PM-2AM. It’s going to be a mix of 80s music, with an hour of 80s mash-ups. There will be a contest for who has the best outfits, for those who like to dress up, with prizes being donated by Babeland. Jill Filipovic, Deanna Zandt, and Twanna Hines will be our judges, as they all look fabulous all the time. The whole thing is for a good cause, to support Women, Action & the Media, a group that supports progressive women in the media through training, advice, networking, and professional seminars, all in an effort to get more progressive female voices out in a world where men own most of the platform.

That, and I can tell you from experience that feminist dance parties are off the hook.

With that in mind, I thought I’d spend the weeks moving up towards it changing the Friday threads a little to highlight songs I’m planning on playing, to give you a taste of why this is going to be awesome. For one thing, we’re trying to remember the ladies more than most DJs do. Also, a foray into fashion.

“Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” by Indeep

More below the fold. “Burning Up” by Madonna

“The Cars That Go Boom” by L’Trimm

On Facebook, Lindsay Beyerstein has been digging through eBay for 80s clothes inspiration. An excellent recent find:


Stealing her idea, I grabbed a few more inspirational looks off eBay:

For men, I recommend the Member’s Only jacket for a classic look:

Though I will add it works better with red leather pants.

I was also fond of this:

And you can’t go wrong with the classics:

John Hughes movies are highly recommended as a source of inspiration. I’m not going to tell you what I’ve got to wear, because I want it to be a surprise, but I promise you. The words “over the top” were invented for the dress I found.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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