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October: Scarlet in BUST Magazine


“Feminism is believing that discrimination and diff erentiation based on gender, which is itself only a cultural construct, is not OK,” says Dare Brawley, 17, a senior at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, NY. She spreads the word about women’s issues as a contributor to her school’s feminist magazine, Scarlet, that’s written and distributed by girls in grades 7 through 12. Brawley believes being a feminist is important because it allows young women, who become especially vulnerable during their teen years, to reject the modern cultural defi nition of what it means to be female. (Our editor, Dare, quoted in BUST Magazine, October, 2009)

Read the whole article on BUSTs website

November: We just met some really cool people from Ooligan Press, who wrote about us in their book. Buy this book!

There is some very practical advice in this book about how to publish books and magazines at your school, and it describes how we publish Scarlet.
You can find more information about the book and class room publishing on their website


Emily Rems from BUST blogged about Scarlet!

Frankly Scarlet I DO Give a Damn, originally uploaded by Emily Rems (Managing editor at BUST Magazine)

So, a nice long while ago, a big gang of about 30 teen girls from the Poughkeepsie Day Schoolcame to my office to ask us questions about how we run our mag. Apparently they were inspired by what we do, and wanted to make their own feminist pop culture ‘zine for chicks ages 12-18, since there is nothing like our mag out there for them. They were a cool group, and asked us a lot of interesting questions, but I totally forgot the whole thing until this copy of their finished project landed on my desk today. They named their mag Scarlet, and it’s totally great. Being the sentimental wuss that I am, I actually got a little verklempt paging through it, knowing that what I do helped give these baby grrrls such a clear idea about what they wanted to accomplish. Plus these chicas are way funnier and much more sophisticated writers than I was as an early teen. It took me a loooooooooooooong time to shake out of my humorless, “black is the color of my pain,” writer’s voice (some could argue I never actually did shake out of it) but these ladies, even when they’re earnest, are still fresh and inspiring. I was especially impressed with the page where they took a swing at re-defining the word “feminism” for themselves. God knows after all its been through, the term could use a make oves. I’m just happy that they aren’t too scared of the term to engage in this kind of exercise, considering how many women we’ve had in our mag lately who won’t touch the word with a ten foot pole. Hip hip hooray for Poughkeepsie Day! You guys made my Friday!