Mistress Ravine is a place for young women...
The Main Purposes of Mistress Ravine
- Encouraging intelligence, talent, and uniqueness. I want to help young women to be encouraged to have substantial lives... So that they care about more than celebrities, boys, chihuahuas, and "he said, she said" crap.
- Reviews and recommendation of amazing music and art. I want to help expose others to true talent, share passions, and support the artists. (see Music & Art)
- Sharing news and information about important issues in the world regarding oppression and abuse of women. Helping to make the truth known so that more people will realize the problems around us, be strengthened, and fight for a better and equal world.
- Giving advice to young women about many important subjects, such as: self-expression, hygiene, abusive relationships, being a substantial person, gender equality, making yourself, etc. Many things out there (like magazines, tv, websites, etc.) for young women do not always discuss truly important matters. Many of these sources are tainted, degrading, phony, stereotypical, cliche, money grubbing... they are not answering the right questions and not directing you to the right places. (see Advice & Opinion)
- To cater to girls with more unique alternative style, and introduce new styles. Although Mistress Ravine focuses on an elaborate and dark style, we want to be a resource to young women with any style. We encourage you to be multi-faceted, not sticking to one label of "goth", "prep", "emo", "scene", "raver", "nerd", etc. This is a place for young women who want to decide what they like and how they want to be on their own. (see Shopping)
- Recommending places to get high quality elaborate clothing such as Lip Service, Shrine of Hollywood, Lolita Kisama, Pleaser USA, Coquette, etc. (Instead of relying on certain mall stores with crappy mass-manufactured fake corsets, or overrated lingerie, for example.) (see Style & Fashion)
- Helping young women to find people to communicate with who are on the same level, since it's not easy to find people that think about important things and provide valuable feedback. The blog and forums will eventually make it possible for girls with similar mindset to befriend others. A lot of girls with this style (based on my own experience, as well as my friends') have trouble finding friendships with other girls because they think so differently.
- Designing for my own enjoyment/artistic expression, as well as anyone who can appreciate the designs.
Madame Katarina, Webmaster
Mistress Ravine is not for self-promotion, so I would rather not get too specific about myself. You may refer to me as Madame Katarina. I am the sole creator and designer of MistressRavine.com. I am a 23 year old web designer, graphic designer, musician, dancer, feminist, etc. I've created Mistress Ravine with a personal vendetta.
Mistress Ravine serves a combination of goals, being something that I am trying to use for good because of issues that concern me, as well as for fun! For example, I have created the "Disproportion Is Not Sexy" shirt to fight unrealistic expectations of female bodies, however I also designed an "I Love Creepy Little Girls" t-shirt for certain horror movie fans... that has nothing to do with women's rights! (Well, maybe it does a little, hehe.) I also design characters for it that really have no purpose more than just enjoying them, kind of like how Emily Strange is (whom I am a big fan of).
Frequenty Asked Questions
Q: Is Mistress Ravine about anything sexual?
A: Sexual subjects may be discussed in the Advice & Opinion page. However, this would be in regard to important subjects such as hygeine, making good choices, sexism, sexual abuse, etc. Although the style that MR focuses on a style (dark/industrial) that often embraces sexuality and exposure, this is not a gothic pinup site! We believe that it is a wonderful thing for young women to be in touch with their sexuality, healthy with it, and embrace it. However, we also believe that it should be done with class, and in a certain time and place. We sell sexy clothes in our Minion Store, but this doesn't mean they should be worn or displayed just anywhere. Women should have self-respect and choose wisely with how they display themselves, not giving it all away for free (or to just anyone for a price for that matter). We also believe that young women should be able to embrace naturalness and not feel a pressure to live up to society's common unrealistic expectations. Parents, this website is not something to be viewed as a threat, it is actually something that will support important moral values.
Q: "Mistress" in name makes me assume that it is for more mature people...what is your target age group?
A: Yes, the title it does have bondage influences, which ties in with the dark style, but of course that's not all it's about. "Mistress" also implies a situation of power for a woman (assuming it's not referring to the horrible man-cheating-on-wife kind of mistress...), such as the lead lady of a mansion. Mistress Ravine has a goal of helping to empower young women in a positive and healthy way.
My target age group would be about 15-19, and directed at young women that are mature for their ages. It's definitely not for really young teens or pre-teens. Without doubt, many women 19+ would definitely be able to take advantage of the site as well.
Q: Is Mistress Ravine only for girls/women, or are guys welcome? Are only gay guys welcome?
A: Guys (gay or straight) are welcome, however they may not necessarily be enticed by it since it is for girls mostly. (This website certainly does not intend to serve the purpose of providing eye candy, as that would be against what we stand for.) All genders and sexual orientations are welcome, and any prejudice is not)
Anyway, there would not be a way for me to control what gender uses the site anyway. Of course I would recommend that girls that use this site or any other site to communicate always be extremely cautious about giving out personal information and trusting someone that they only know online... no matter how long you've been talking.
To Be Continued...