Why I’m Still Saving Myself For Logan from ‘The Babysitters Club’

Since I was young, I’ve been saving myself for Logan from The Baby-Sitters Club, the young adult fiction series from the 1990s about a group of industrious tweens who banded together to provide childcare in the sleepy bedroom community of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Logan first appeared in #10, Logan Likes Mary Anne (ugh – for now!) and moved to Connecticut from Kentucky and he looks like Mary Anne’s favorite music icon Cam Greary, who is also made up. So, yeah, he’s a hunk who I fell head over heels for along with Mary Anne. I’ve always known Logan was the perfect man for me, so I’m not going to compromise my standards just because he is fictional and not even that great of a boyfriend to Mary Anne in the first place. I want my first time to be with Logan, and I’m not going to accept any less.


Let me first address the issue that Logan is a child. Actually, no. He’s not. Maybe he’s perpetually 13 years old, but he’s mature beyond his years. Logan displays none of the toxic masculinity of his peers. He’s a feminist. He was not afraid to babysit; he is comfortable with his masculinity. He’s also very responsible: he declined full membership of the Baby-Sitters Club, even though his membership would have been a revolutionary shattering of the male babysitting glass ceiling, because he was already committed to track and football. Time management is the signature characteristic of an adult. So, the age thing is fine. I will lose my virginity to Logan when we are both ready.


Next let me address the fact that Logan is a fictional character penned by Ann M. Martin. I get that. But, in a way, aren’t fictional characters the realest people of all? Their struggles are designed by the author to reflect our own humanity. Logan may be fake, but when he almost joined a gang at Stoneybrook Middle School, it was as true of a crisis to me as anything from my “real” life. Logan has real life commitments like his job as a busboy at Rosebud Cafe. Yes, all the children in the BSC world work jobs that are the main focus of their young lives, but Logan works where Dawn had her last meal before moving to California. His work is important. I want to save myself for someone who has work ethic, specifically this fictional someone.



Lastly, sure, maybe we don’t have any evidence that Logan is a particularly good boyfriend to Mary Anne so it’s curious I’m even interested. When they broke up in #41 Mary Anne vs. Logan, Logan very quickly started dating Cokie, of all people. (Cokie famously started rumors about Mary Anne.) And when Mary Anne lost her cat Tigger, Logan was the only who wouldn’t help find it, which was weird. Still though, remember how he looks like Cam Greary? That’s a man/boy you want to lose your virginity to.


So maybe society doesn’t approve of my choice to save myself till the day I can make love to fictional tween Logan Bruno, associate member of Baby-Sitters Club, but society didn’t approve of Romeo and Juliet either, but I don’t know how that ends because it’s above my reading level.