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Because the future is female

Tanya Davis Radical Self Love Adventurer Alison Levine

Kate Nash An Interview with

Summer 2011

LETTER FROM THE EDITORS It is 6A.M. on the morning of our issue release, and we are securing the finishing touches on our third issue. When Courtney and I created the file a month or so ago, we couldn’t believe how solid “Issue Three” sounded. How exciting! We have such an incredibly thrilling and talented group of contributor’s this issue, and we present each hand-picked feature to you with excitement. The absolutely amazing Kate Nash agreed to be our summer cover girl, and we could not have been more ecstatic. She embodies everything we represent, and we are so pleased to have her. We have made a few cosmetic changes throughout this issue and we look forward to even more changes in the future, including the development of a website and the upcoming possibility of subscriptions! Without further ado, we proudly present our third issue of Missfits magazine—because the future is female. xoxo,

Maddie Maschgeeyr King & Courtn

“We are the alternative; We are a feminist fashion magazine that focuses not only on haute couture, but empowerment. We are an open collaboration of young women from around the world. We are the nonconformists. We are Missfits.”

Table of Contents Dans le Parc Amelia Oakley Musings Gemma Correll The Music Makers Anna Hatzakis Illustrations Caitlin Shearer

Cover Girl Kate Nash

Before the Rest of the World Alexandra Baban Wanderlust Dana Alýce

Devout Barbra Lauren Poor

An Interview with Tanya Davis Maddie Maschger

Risen of Ruins Cari Ann Wayman

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MUSINGS by Gemma Correll


READER outfits from

“To me, my style is influenced by most everything. Everything I like, that is. I just want to be able to express myself, and put a foot forward. Not necessarily a best foot, just a foot. A bad foot, a good foot, a stupid foot, anything. I just don’t want to be told what to do, how to do it, or what decisions to make and how to do them. I guess it all sounds cliché but it’s just how I think. To me feminism is doing whatever you want. Throughout a lot of my life, I’ve just hated how I am and how I look and wished I could change it. You can change your clothes; It’s an aspect of personal appearance I could always change; it’s therapeu(c. My style is always evolving. I’m mostly affected by other people. I follow a lot of style blogs and read a lot of magazines, and if I see something I like, I’ll take it and weave it into my closet or into an ou+it idea. It’s all very spontaneous.”

Blame the Birds Sara Matrazzo

I am six years old, chapped lips pleated like earthworms, ea(ng mulberries o of your ďŹ ngers maroon juices drip down my face and fall from my cheek while birds wait, dig their feet into the grey gravel around us and stare

I am nine years old, voice mangled by adolescence, and you s(ll listen to me brag about my height and joke that I'll soon be the one to shade and feed youwhile birds wait, dig their feet into the grey gravel around us and stare

I am twelve years old, and I don't eat with you much anymore or seek your protec(on or crave your touch. I don't no(ce you wither, or your face knot and wrinkle as your sad branches sweep the ground and search for a reason while the birds smile with answerless eyes and stare

I am sixteen, and I am sorry for abandoning you I am sorry for leaving you alone to be cruciďŹ ed for the birds to pick at you, and the public to cri(cize age has made you disgus(ngly cyclic and you only live for the sunlight, your daughter, even if you can only watch her burn from afarwhile your fruits turn bi0er and loveless and your limbs curl into themselves and the birds they smile and dig into the grey gravel around us and pretend not to stare

Art by Caitlin Shearer

Final Thread Kelsey Cantwell

Dress hanging in a closet. Dreaming to be worn. Ragged. Holes. Dir(ed by the angry feet of owners whom once loved me. My bu0ons missing graduals while my collar stays connected. My flowing skirt confident as the doors to this dark home open and close. My chest keeps shape: the appearance of a bea(ng heart. Unwanted, I will con(nue swaying with the mockery from the frayed jeans and creased Oxfords for I know my ragged holes will be chosen once again. I will know this as my final thread rips from my collar my lifeless fabric drowning. I am the dress, hanging in a closet filled with hope. Dreaming to be worn. Ragged. Holes. Dead.

Art by Caitlin Shearer

Before the Rest of the World

// Photos by Alexandra Baban

No Boundaries Arcle by Rosie Savage With numerous achievements under her belt, adventurer Alison Levine inspires people all over the world and doesn't appear to be stopping any #me soon. Alison Levine is a courageous adventurer who you can’t help but love for her determina(on and sense of humour. She was over the moon when she completed the Adventure Grand Slam last year, which involves climbing the highest peak on every con(nent and skiing to both the North and South Pole. “I think this accomplishment is extremely meaningful because it may actually help me talk my way into ge;ng a free breakfast at Denny’s!” she says. These wi0y anecdotes are dished out by the bucket load at her talks all over America for businesses such as Cisco Systems and Ford. There was the (me when she was escorted by the Indonesian Army, i.e. two men in polo shirts, up Carsten’s Pyramid because they wouldn’t let her do it alone, or the (me she came 4@ away from death during the American Women’s Everest Expedi(on in 2002, which she s(ll manages to make a joke out of. Born in 1966 in Arizona, she originally grew up with the ambi(on of becoming an actress. “I looked at performing as an art form where you could express yourself in an unlimited number of ways,” she says. While it’s clear that she has the confidence needed to be a successful actress, her parents weren’t so keen. “[They] said I would starve to death if I pursued ac(ng as a career and insisted that I get a ‘real job’ a@er college.” Alison’s household was certainly full of austerity. Alison’s father Jack worked for the FBI and spoke out against his boss J. Edgar Hoover, reflec(ng an unafraid man. Alison credits her determina(on and ability to this upbringing. “Whining and complaining were NEVER allowed,” she exclaims. “Even if you were physically ill or injured, it just wasn’t tolerated.” This must have been tough for a young girl suffering from Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, an abnormality present at birth that can result in serious cardiovascular complica(ons or death. “I think this is why my heart condi(on wasn’t properly diagnosed un(l I was 17, because I was afraid to complain about not feeling well when I was a kid.” Despite this, along with Raynaud's Disease which makes her prone to frostbite, Alison decided to climb Kilimanjaro 18 months a@er her second heart opera(on at the age of 32. “I was pronounced cured and wanted to do something to celebrate my new state of good health,” she says. “I went to Tanzania in 1998. I didn’t have much money and couldn’t afford to go with a guided group, so I just went over there by myself and found a local guide at the base of the mountain. He grabbed a couple of porters and off we went!” Since then, Alison’s comple(on of the Adventure Grand Slam is a (tle that fewer than 30 people can call their own. While the feeling of exulta(on must have hit her when she reached the final peak, Mount Everest, Alison remembers feeling solemn. “I thought about my friend Meg who passed away in 2009,” she says. “I dedicated my climb to her and had her name engraved on my ice axe. I thought about all of the blood, sweat and tears that had gone into all of my expedi(ons and wished that all of that effort could have brought her back.” The Everest climb in memory of her was, however, not Alison’s first a0empt. In 2002, Alison served

as the team captain of the American Women’s Everest Expedi(on; the first of its kind. A@er spending two months on the mountain, with the whole of America watching their every move in awe, the women fell short of the summit by a few hundred feet due to weather condi(ons. The all-female team, ‘No Boundaries’, s(ll came back heroes though. “I definitely enjoy expedi(ons that have that ‘girl power’ feel,” says Alison. “There is just a special energy that comes from a group of women who like to push their limits and test themselves in challenging situa(ons. But I've also been on DISASTEROUS expedi(ons with women who just had melt-downs on the trail, couldn't get along with others and complained every step of the way.” We already know that Alison isn’t a complainer. In January 2008, she became the first American to complete a 600 mile journey from west Antarc(ca to the South Pole. The route was the same that Italian explorer Reinhold Messner, known as the greatest climber in history, completed in 1990. Being in the coldest and windiest place on earth, where -50°c is normal in the summer, meant that “any ounce of flesh that’s showing is basically going to be frozen off” according to Alison. She also had to consume about 6000 calories a day and claims to s(ll have lost 15% of her body weight. “It’s been a really, really tough trip and I think we’re all looking forward to ge;ng to the pole,” she said to her video diary. Along with four other polar explorers, Alison completed the journey a@er six weeks. Two or three days in, however, she was struggling with her load and felt like turning around. “You just have to realise when you’re in those situa(ons that you have to keep pushing through the discomfort,” she says. “There is someone else out there in the world who has it a lot worse so you might as well just put a smile on your face and get on with it.” While she loves going on adventures more than anything else, Alison has also been a successful businesswoman for over 20 years. “I studied communica(ons at the University of Arizona and ended up working in the pharmaceu(cal industry right a@er college,” she says. “I chose that job because it came with a company car and I needed wheels.” Since then she has worked for Goldman Sachs in New York and alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as his deputy finance director in his campaign to become Governor of California in 2003. “I have a great deal of respect and admira(on for him because he really did show people that the American Dream exists,” she says. “He came to the States with nothing and through hard work and determina(on he beat the odds and made his own success. He’s also a very smart guy and an incredibly nice person.” Other ‘celebrity’ people she’s become associated with include Bill Clinton, Be0e Midler and Sigourney Weaver. “When I have the honour of speaking alongside famous people, it makes me think ‘Oh s**t! Someone really goofed and didn’t really mean to put me in that line-up!’,” she exclaims. “I totally get star-struck but I try to pretend I’m not so that I can seem cool.” Her current job involves teaching in the Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Jobs like these have led to some of the best moments of her life. “My favourite moment on an expedi(on was ge;ng to the top of Margherita Peak in the Rwenzori Mountains because I was with Malibina Muthahinga, who that day became the first local woman to climb to the top of Uganda's highest peak,” says Alison. “And at that moment I knew that it was possible to use climbing as a means to be0er people's lives because that was the climb that changed the long-standing belief that Ugandan women shouldn't work as trekking guides.” Alison just loves being called an ‘adventurer’. “Anything that is unchartered territory for an individual could be considered an adventure,” she explains. “I crave change. The thought of knowing what my future will hold feels boring to me. As long as I am learning and growing, I will never ever be bored.” Alison’s next trip is a climb up Mount Ararat in Turkey in July.

Devout Barbra Photos by Lauren Poor

“Worshipping religiously the beauty standards which Barbie is a symbol of; it shows pain and ugliness in the way that these girls are somewhat plastic and fake.�

Tanya Tanya Davis is a Canadian poet and singer/songwriter from Halifax, Nova Sco(a. She is noted for her groundbreaking poem and video collabora(on with ďŹ lmmaker Andrea Dorfman called How To Be Alone. MissďŹ ts was lucky enough to chat with Tanya about her inspira(ons, wri(ng process, and even more. Your poems seem to have a very arul aesthec... Do you do any create any sort of visual art, and would you consider yourself an arst? Well, I’d call myself an ar(st because I consider music and poetry to be some of the many art forms. But I’m not a visual ar(st, per say. I like to draw a li0le bit but I’m not very good. I’m more of a conceptual and performance ar(st. What do you think it means to be an arst? I don’t know.. I guess that your life is guided by ar(s(c principles and that you put (me towards that.

What are some of your biggest sources of inspiraon? People around me, my friends and peers, and family, the world--[both] the suering and the joy, music, books, movies, being alone, going outside, all sorts of stu! What was signiďŹ cance behind your poem How to Be Alone? What made you decide to write it? Well me and Andrew Dorfman, the ďŹ lmmaker, wanted to do a video poem project together, and that was just something we had been talking about--being alone. We talked about how it is important for one, as ar(sts, to spend some (me alone so you can get some work done and just feel fueled and taken care of. But also, we were thinking about how there is a bit of s(gma(za(on with it in society, like people usually expect you to be a) partnered up, or b) in groups of friends. I deďŹ nitely think groups of friends and community are important, but I also think it is important to spend some (me alone. For me anyways, I can be be0er in my other rela(onships if I have a good rela(onship with myself. So we just wanted to talk about that because we didn’t think it gets talked about enough. What sort of process goes into your wring? I need to do it regularly—I’m a pre0y slow writer, so I need to give myself a lot of (me to get things done. Also, I feel like if I’m doing it regularly, I am a be0er writer. The more I prac(ce, the easier it comes. I write on paper in a book with a pen, and I write out at coee shops or in my home oďŹƒce. I try to write o@en, even if it’s just for a half hour some days—at least I open my book and try it. The slam poetry movement has been increasing in popularity as of recently. Do you consider yourself slam poet, and are you inspired by movement? I am inspired by it, deďŹ nitely, but I am not so much a part of it. It has inuenced me indirectly, and when I was ďŹ rst star(ng poetry, I went to a few poetry slams. I appreciate that the community and venue is out there, because it

Davis gets a lot of people that wouldn’t normally be involved with poetry into it. So I’m really into it, but I don’t consider myself a slam poet. It’s so inspiring, all of these young kids wri(ng about all of these (mely issues, and things that are happening in their lives. I appreciate that it’s there, I just don’t compete myself. Do you think there is a clear separaon between music and poetry? I think they’re like cousins—if art is a family, then music and poetry are cousins. There are obviously different elements involved in both, but they’re both so ar(s(c and rhythmic. They have a lot in common. Do you enjoy touring? I do, I mean, I enjoy being home a lot too. It’s a bit of a grass is greener issue—some(mes when I’m about to go on tour I wish I was just staying home, but then as soon as I get out on tour I remember that I love it. I get to see a lot of cool things, and connect with a lot of people, which is one of my favorite things to do. What goes into your wring process? I make notes all the (me of things I want to write about or something that strikes me as a good topic… Then if I’m wan(ng to write but have nothing fresh in my head, I’ll sort of look through my list of ideas… There’s a lot to draw inspira(on from. My work is highly personal and confessional.. I write from my own experiences, but I try also to relate it to a bigger part of the world—I don’t think I exist within in a bubble. My own inspira(ons are influenced by the people around me, too. Does sharing such personal details ever psyche you out? I feel quite vulnerable at (mes, but that’s worth it to me. I guess I’d call myself a sort of open book kind of person. I like that, even though some(mes it makes me feel exposed and therefore vulnerable or at risk of heartbreak or someone not liking me because they know so much about me. But I think it is worth it, at the end of the day. What has been the best part of the journey? I guess it’s been the people that I’ve go0en to connect to. I really think that’s one of the best things about life, and one of the reasons we’re here is to love each other and connect. Life is full of suffering and it’s pre0y hard. One of the things I’m so grateful for in this line of work is that I feel like I get to connect to a lot of people, and I think that’s the best part. What advice do you have for aspiring poets? Write and put yourself out there. Go for it, and don’t get into too much financial debt. If [you] really want to pursue it, just know that it really takes a while to get established. It’s not a strong money job, but it’s really inspiring and rewarding… and there is a privilege that comes with performing. I would just say to anyone that wants to pursue any sort of ar(s(c lifestyle to just hang in there, because it pays off. Interview + Ar#cle by Maddie Maschger

Dans le Parc An Editorial by Amelia Oakley

Radical Self Radical Self Love (RSL) is a concept I came across when perusing the lovely Gala Darling’s site ( in February of 2010. Gala introduced the concept to her readers on the cusp of Valen(ne’s Day; a few months a@er I’d experienced a par(cularly devasta(ng breakup and was s(ll mired in the mess. I could not get mo(vated to do anything and was growing frustrated with myself. I wanted out of this pit of despair! There could not have been a be0er (me to read her advice:

“I say, it’s me to romance yourself. It’s (me for the greatest love affair you will ever know. It’s (me for a personal revoluon. I say, you deserve to be your own darling! Get enchanted! Bewitch yourself! I say, if not now, when? Let’s get busy adoring ourselves.” - Gala Darling I decided to take Gala up on her idea. The first task? Get yourself some form of a notebook or journal and use it as your “Radical Self Love Bible.” I had a small red leather book that I decided would be perfect for this project. I could take it anywhere with me and write whenever something struck me to include. Gala would assign “homework” via her website for those of us interested in par(cipa(ng in the project. In addi(on, we were encouraged to get crea(ve and fill our RSL Bibles with whatever we thought reflected our concept of Radical Self Love. I decided to define Radical Self Love as loving myself completely, faults and all, and remembering to put myself and my happiness first rather than catering to others needs before my own. Simple enough, right? If you don’t have your own RSL bible, maybe you’d like to start one. Or – maybe you started your bible last year and decided to revamp it this year. Has your defini(on changed? An easy ques(on to ask yourself is just that – what does Radical Self Love mean to YOU? Over (me, I did more homework assignments like defining how I could show Radical Self Love to myself and others, and I took up Gala’s wonderful prac(ce of doing “Things I Love Thursdays” or “TILT”. By keeping a list of all of the li0le things that occurred in the past week that made me happy, made me laugh or smile – it really helps me to focus on the posi(ve and not just the nega(ve. I admit to being a pessimist. I’m also my own worst cri(c. I tend to beat myself up about things a bit too much – something I’m sure many of you are familiar with. My “TILT” lists help to remind me to take pleasure in the li0le things and remember that things aren’t always so bad! It helps you get perspec(ve when your mind is fogged up and clouded by a bad day or an upse;ng event. I have to say that “TILT” lists are one of my favorite things, and I highly recommend them to everyone.


Samantha Baron rediscovers the road to self confidence and personal revolu#on.

For my own addi(ons, I chose to include quotes that I find meaningful to me for various reasons about love, mo(va(on, pain, friendship, values, everything. I am a huge fan of quotes! Some(mes you read something that has put things you want to say but don’t know how so eloquently. When you’re having a rough day you can flip to your quotes and it give you a li0le pick-me-up and remind you that others have felt the same way that you do. You are not alone! A@er that, I decided to add pictures of my friends, family, and even places I want to travel. I included pages with goals for myself from career to tweaks in my personality or my mindset. The beauty is that you set the tone, and it really helps you tune into who you are and who you can become. Lastly, I added a list of accomplishments and memories that make me happy - everything from projects at work to conquering a fear or going to a fun event. Again, taking stock of the good things in your life helps you to remember those things and to be more grateful for these experiences. It’s easy to overlook that stuff when you feel down in the dumps. Aside from wri(ng in your RSL Bible, you can start your own li0le rituals that make you feel good about yourself. I decided to take control of that lonely Valen(ne’s Day last year and treat myself to a massage and a facial. I love myself, so why not?! It was such a great feeling to just do something pampering and relaxing for me and to spend some quality (me with myself. I enjoyed it so much that I decided right then and there to make it a yearly Valen(ne’s tradi(on for me, whether I’m single or a0ached. Of course, you can do more simple or inexpensive things like your own li0le spa treatments at home on your own, or even with a few close girlfriends. It really is a lot of fun! This year, Gala revived and revamped the RSL project. She even held a couple of workshop webcasts that offered live chats. Unfortunately, the fire wall at my job would not allow me to par(cipate fully in the workshops. However, I was clued into an RSL group created on Facebook, and have been part of it ever since. In fact, that RSL group is how I got hooked up with this magazine and the wri(ng opportunity in the first place! For this, I am grateful (another thing to add to my list). Though I am not always able to keep up with my RSL bible as much as I’d like, I do keep it with me o@en and by my bedside each night. For some reason, I always come up with gems of wisdom or things I want to write down in the middle of the night rather than normal daylight hours! The RSL Bible is something that has reinvigorated me and mo(vated me to love myself fully and be the best I can be every day, even when the (des are rough. It’s important to have family and friends in your life that love and support you, but firstly, you need to love and support you! It’s the best thing you can do for yourself. Good luck and get to it!

The Music Makers We are the dreamers of dreams.. Editorial by Anna Hatzakis

We Are Children Poem by Amelia Oakley

we are children children of mother nature is here protector of the lapse of the universe revolving and reloading children who cry. who cries? children of barrels blas(ng out lilies and petals running a@er ourselves mother is here picking daisies from lines from children standing holding tears in their hands trembling with nature at one moment they ask for? but mother it is not given. The birds the bees our souls disappearing. we stand showering in petals crying tears of blood we are children our souls disappearing

Kate Nash, {My Best Friend is You} Missfits had the pleasure of cha;ng with the ever-talented Kate Nash, a Bri(sh singer/songwriter with two fantas(c albums under her belt. She serves as an inspira(on to young women everywhere and has become a stellar example of feminism in popular culture. Kate lists 1960’s girl groups as well as the riot grrrl movement as some of her biggest inspira(ons. She describes 60’s girl groups as (meless and fascina(ng—they somehow incorporate amazing yet simple melodies and harmonies into heavily emo(onal lyrics. “I think people were very much oppressed in the Six(es, and women weren’t really allowed to share their emo(ons or opinions. They sing about wan(ng to be loved and expressing these emo(ons, and they’re singing really sad songs while the music is being very joyous. They’re secretly ge;ng their messages out by tricking you into thinking it’s a pre0y song.” As far as the riot grrrl movement is concerned, Kate describes it as exci(ng, making her feel en(tled—as if she can do what she wants and call herself a musician. She lists Bikini Kill as one of her all-(me favorite bands, and Kathleen Hanna among her heroes. “Mansion Song,” one of the songs on her recent album, My Best Friend Is You, really embodies this riot grrrl influence. With lyrics like, “...Say that you stood for nothing / You were just a whole that lacked passion / Another undignified product of society / That girl should’ve been a mansion,” she embodies her anger at the mistreatment of women, both by men and by women themselves. “It’s about being as en(tled as you need to be and having your own input. Be intelligent and be interes(ng, and don’t let yourself be abused.” Women within today’s society o@en take on the persona of a mansion—they are property to be bought and used for show—to be walked in and out of without care. Like “Mansion Song,” so many of her lyrics seem to have a strong story or experience behind them. When ques(oned on whether her songs were more personal or inspired by outside influence, she responds, “It is quite personal, but I’m also inspired by the people around me and the people in my life. I always try to add to a story and make it more interes(ng.” As far as her crea(ve process goes, she desires isola(on. “I kind of just like to be locked away somewhere on my own. I get really embarrassed,” she responds. Once she finishes wri(ng lyrics, she plays around with different instruments, trying to find a melody that appeals to her. A@er all is said and done, she brings in her band members to play out these parts. Aside from being a brilliant musician, Kate involves herself in the poli(cal as well. She recently started a Rock-and -Roll School for Girls a@er speaking on a panel chaired by Miranda Sawyer for Birds Eye View, discussing the gender gap within the modern music industry. It was at this panel she was shocked to discover that only 14% of the

Photos by Pat Graham

“I think if you believe in equality, you’re a feminist.”

“I really believe in being healthy and being true to yourself.” writers receiving royal(es in the UK are women, and she decided to do something about it. A@er seeing an interview with Kathleen Hanna in which she discussed summer schools created for the purpose of teaching young girls how to play rock-and-roll, she knew she had to bring the concept to the UK. She now visits schools around the area to connect with young girls and teach them how to u(lize their musical gi@s. In fact, she recently partnered up with Music Unites to donate over 30 guitars to underprivileged schools around the UK and the U.S. As far as women’s issues are concerned, Kate has publicly declared herself a feminist, loud and proud. “I think if you believe in equality, you’re a feminist.” One of her biggest concerns for the industry today is how virtually “shocking” the media seems to find it that women can be successful musicians. She hears (me a@er (me how great it is that she is both a woman and a musician, and her response is simple. “It’s not ‘wow!’ It’s not shocking that a woman can be a musician—I am not at all surprised by it at all.” In respect to insecurity and body image, she tries to avoid it. “I try to kind of ignore it. I really believe in being healthy and being true to yourself.” People tend to focus on her waistline or her fashion—in fact, in an interview in 2010, she was ques(oned on why she didn’t priori(ze her personal sex appeal, and why she had yet to par(cipate in any risqué photo shoots. “I think it’s pre0y important to not pretend to be something else. No one is airbrushed or perfect—there is no such thing as perfec(on.” She stresses the importance of human imperfec(on and her love of natural beauty, and says that it is important to not give into the societal race for perfec(on and to “not sell out in that way.” In the past, Kate has men(oned her clear opposi(on to labeling sexual orienta(on and her strong support of gay rights. She describes this avid support by saying, “I don’t understand how you can bully someone for something like that… It’s crazy that someone could be bullied for who they fall in love with, and that we live in a world where you can’t marry someone of the same sex—who made that rule?” It’s almost the same concept of saying that someone is “too pre0y to be a feminist”—you can’t really dictate what a feminist looks like. “I honestly don’t know how people can be so f***ing stupid.” She says she is lucky to be surrounded by an extremely accep(ng, mul(cultural, musical community, but she cannot imagine growing up in a situa(on where you can’t turn to anyone for support, especially for LGBT youth. Her advice for kids and teens struggling with these issues is simple; “I think you have to be really strong and believe in yourself. Find music or art, whether it be film or books or any art form, and get lost in it. Empower yourself and feel like you’re worth something.” To create is to feel accomplished, and it uses that energy and that frustra(on in a posi(ve way.

Arcle by Maddie Maschger

Photo by Pat Graham


Photographer: Dana Alýce Hair: Holly Burnham Makeup: Leah Sarrah Bassett Stylist: Veronica Gjerde Production Assistant: John Boroughs Kellogg Car: John Bubniak


Risen of Ruins An Editorial by Cari Ann Wayman

Emma Goldman: Anarcha-Feminist In 1869 the world was introduced to a feminist revolu(onary, Emma Goldman. Born in Russia, she experienced, at an early age, the terrors of poli(cal unrest as well as the oppressed Russian society. While she was s(ll young she took part in intellectual debates concerning social, poli(cal, and labor issues of the day. When she was in her early 20’s Goldman went to great lengths as she fled to the United States to avoid an arranged marriage. She arrived in the New York as an independent woman ready to take on the world, which is exactly what she did. Emma Goldman became close friends with revolu(onary Alexander Berkman, together they formed a revolu(onary team, although Berkman was imprisoned for a0empted murder in 1892 and Goldman was imprisoned for urging the unemployed to steal the food they needed the following year. A@er Goldman and Berkman were released out of jail they edited and published the journal, Mother Earth (1906-1917), this feminist journal communicated the early ideas of feminism, sparking the feminist movement. Within these journals Goldman expressed her passion for feminism as well as anarchy, crea(ng anarcha- feminism.

Goldman defined Anarchy as a response to the natural human response, calling it an “organic and natural event, free from human control”. She based all of her theories around love and libera(on. Many confuse the idea of Anarchy with violence; Goldman made it her goal to advocate Anarchy as freedom to live, to work, and to love, as she painted capitalism with violence and brutality. More potent than her passion for poli(cal libera(on was her belief in feminism. Her direct quotes, that are s(ll famous today, clearly communicated her strong belief in males oppression of females. My personal favorite quote, “Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open”. This quote represents just a small por(on of Goldman’s aggressive stance on her ideologies.

Goldman sought to recreate society rather than to reform it. She protested against the ins(tu(on of marriage, (which she made the equivalent of being forced into pros(tu(on), middle class morals, and capitalism. She was one of the first women to encourage lesbianism and birth control, marking her as a grass roots leader of the feminist movement. Emma Goldman inspired many revolu(onary ideologies and movements that has shaped modern thinking today, her works inspire women to take part in their poli(cal systems as well as to unite together for the common cause of woman.

Ar#cle by Erica Raines.

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Missfits Magazine: Issue 3  

We are the alternative; We are a feminist fashion magazine that focuses not only on haute couture, but empowerment. We are an open collabora...

Missfits Magazine: Issue 3  

We are the alternative; We are a feminist fashion magazine that focuses not only on haute couture, but empowerment. We are an open collabora...