“ Scarlet Magazine is a monthly erotic title specifically for women. It contains erotic literature (including erotic fiction and true stories), reviews and adult features and articles covering a broad range of women's sexual and interpersonal issues. „
Scarlet magazine is the UK's hottest women's magazine, you certainly won't find knitting patterns and recipes between its glossy covers instead you will find a collection of erotic fiction and X rated articles that would make your granny blush. Published monthly, it has a selling price of £3.30 per issue and is available at all good newsagents.
The main focus of the magazine is women's sexual exploits, both with a partner and solo endeavours. The features include an article about female sex tourism with a rather unlikely supposedly true life story of a mother and daughter hunting out hunks in the African sun as well as a feature about a woman who pays to be dominated. There was also an article about the Torture Garden parties which are held in nightclubs over the UK.
The middle section of the magazine is a 30 page erotic fiction pull out with a range of stories here including heterosexual and lesbian encounters. The stories are a bit far fetched and contrived but make entertaining reading none the less, the stories ranged from a single page long to more substantial offerings and readers are told they will be paid if their own contributions are published.
The rest of the magazine is much like any other women's magazine with fashion, beauty and agony aunts. The adverts are also racy with male escorts, sex toys and extramarital dating sites peddling their wares.
I liked the message that Scarlet gave about empowering women both in and out of the bedroom. There were articles focusing on Billie Holiday, career choices as a burlesque dancer and stand up comedian, and taking woman minds seriously no matter how they look. There were no sappy articles about pleasing your man in bed, the message was that women were in control and deserve to have fun which can't be a bad thing.
Scarlet magazine is definitely racy but I wouldn't class it as soft porn, the only pictures in the magazine are relatively tame with no boobs or bits on display. The most raunchy picture was probably a topless ex-big brother star and there were also arty drawings accompanying the fiction. The magazine is open about sex without being either tacky or sleazy, it simply recognises women's needs and desires and talks about them in a refreshingly open and upfront manner.
Scarlet is certainly different from the rest of the women's magazines on the market and it makes a nice change to have a women's magazine that is not focussed on diets, kids and Jordan. I was pleasantly surprised at the number and breadth of articles in the magazine, normally you can read a magazine in half an hour but there was less ads and more stories in Scarlet than on average so it will take you a nice long time to read. Are you a Scarlet lady? I know I certainly am.
I found Scarlet magazine in the women's monthly glossy magazine section and as it was new (at least to me) I picked it up and had a browse and quickly realised that this wasn't like the 'normal' glossies and not one to browse at leisurely in front of the whole store so intrigued I bought it and have been a regular buyer ever since.
Why is it so different I hear you ask - well rather than focussing on celebrities, losing weight, fashion etc it was focussing on sex and it was very liberating and accepting of all types, fantasies, sex toys etc. I wont lie this is a female soft porn magazine it includes articles from readers, sex toy reviews, relationship information and advice etc with a little bit of your everyday stuff thrown in as well.
The main feature in every mag is an individual magazine called Cliterature, which can be pulled, out of the middle which includes a few 'porno' (erotic fiction) stories aimed at turning women on!
This magazine is informative and entertaining and can definitely bring back that sexual spark great for single girls and couples alike.
It has a lot of adverts through out for erotic items with many giving discounts for Scarlet readers, which is great. My favourite site is lovehoney.co.uk which has free delivery on everything with no minimum spend!
Available in newsagents at £2.95 per issue monthly or you can subscribe for 12 months for £24.99 (£2.10 per issue) or £17.99 for the digital magazine.
More info go to scarletmagazine.co.uk
Definitely recommended but only for the open minded - warning contains very explicit sexual content - enjoy!
Scarlet - The Magazine That Turns Women On!
That's what it claims anyway
It is like a female version of FHM but grown up. Yes it does have a naked model spread in each issue. Yes it does talk about sex the whole way through. But it's not immature.
It investigates various different aspects of sexualities. Their reporters have been to fetish clubs, visited swingers clubs, had marble models of their (internal) intimate bits made and many many more things. They are always written in a non-judgemental, open minded way, which prompts the reader to be the same.
The mag usually has an article included that looks at relationship aspects a completely different way to others. For example, this months (Aug 09) gives a list of unlikely places to pull!
They cover some hot topics that others may chose to ignore, like the topic of frenemys (people who make out their your friend, but constantly put you down) and articles championing women in their own rights - like strong women from history, and strong influential women from now.
And of course, theres the magazine within the magazine. The front cover advertises "Free Hot Mag Inside!" This refers to Cliterature - a magazine of saucy stories, and saucy illustrations. This is the icing on the cake. And the cherry! There is one story (the first) which flows from mag to mag, but can be read on it's on. The end of this Cliterature Mag includes a small interview with the illustrator.
The only thing that grates with this mag, is the adverts. Half the mag seems to include an advert for some sex-linked company. Great if you're after inspiration to spice up your sex life, but a bit annoying for those that have browsed them all already! Most will give Scarlet readers a discount tho
I must mention the price. £3.30 for each monthly issue. But if you think you effectively get two magzines for that price, it's not so bad. Of course, you can't buy the mags seperately.....
All in all, this is an interesting magazine for open-minded women, and men
I love Scarlet magazine as it is SO different from all the other magazines for women out there. It just seems to have more common sense and accepts that everyone is different and that this is fine.
The magazine covers things off a mainly (but not entirely) sexual nature, and always features a pull out section of erotic fiction aimed at women. It properly isnt a magazine for those a little more reserved about things sexual, as it can be pretty close to the mark and a real eye opener at times. But for anyone open minded about such things it makes a great and very interesting read.
In amongst reviews of sex aids etc you also get the normal magazine things such as a problem page, cinema reviews etc so its not all about the sex.
The price is good too, at £2.99 an issue, which is far cheaper than some other magazines out there. If your looking for a fun magazine with an open attitiude to all things sexual, and a much more realistic view of the world around us-not thinking were all size zeros as an example than this could be the magazine for you.
My friend introduced me to Scarlet about a year ago, and I've never looked back. It's got so much in it for such a reasonable price - reviews, articles concerning all kinds of different things, and - the best feature, in my opinion - the erotic literature magazine that comes with each issue!
A nice little touch about the magazine which I quite enjoy is the question near the front which they ask the editorial team each month - for example, this past month it was "The RDA of alcohol units a woman should consume is two to three - We ask the team how many they had last week". This tiny section can be quite amusing, with answers like "Units: 10. Fags: 70. Bridget Jones moments: one."
There's also advice pages, letters, and some celebrities - but it is FAR from a celebrity mag.
It's a very juicy mag, and a far cry from anything else I've seen out there. A great read, lots of pages, and only £2.95!
The first time I bought Scarlet I did it just to make a statement. I didn't really expect anything but half naked men and attempts att making soft porn for women. What I found exceeded my expectations by far!
The magazine includes everything from erotic novells (steaming! I like! :P ), articles about sex and realtionships, beautytips, the newest in sex toys and, well, of course, naked men. The articles are well written and interesting, and there is something for everyone - yes, everyone, even your boyfriend if you have one!
Scarlet succeeds in making an erotic magazine for women by actually giving the women what they want. Many attemts have been made, by copying mens magazines and putting in pictures of men instead of women. That just doesn't work for most women. Instead of doing this, Scarlet gives women an erotic magazine containing what we actually want, not what men think we want.
I say, go get your copy of Scarlet now! Not just to prove a point about women also having sexual needs, but because it is a funny, steaming, hot magazine.
Earlier this year I was sat in my local Borders book shop drinking far too expensive coffee and having a look through the women's magazine section. It was your usual stuff, mags about hair, shoes, gossip, which celebrity has cellulite (surely not - you mean they aren't aliens??) so when I saw Scarlet I made a grab for it. I think it was the first or second edition so thankfully I hadn't missed out on anything. The title was - Scarlet - The Magazine That Turns Women On. How could I resist?
I have to admit that I was expecting something like 'For Women' the magazine that my sister bought in the early 90's (I was too young) which was basically semi naked men. As far as I remember For Women was nothing more than an attempt to make soft core porn accessible to women. It was pretty crap. Thankfully Scarlet was nothing like this. In fact the first few editions didn't really have any pictures that were there purely for women to gawp lustfully at. After a few readers wrote in and asked for this to change slightly they have now added the Gratuitous Letch section which features a different famous man each month.
Scarlet isn't a magazine that purely tries to get women turned on, it's actually a magazine that tries to get women tuned in. Yes there are one or two celeb interviews but these are written with more style than those in other mags. I've been pretty disappointed in the 'quizzes' in other mags - 'Are you wife material? - Is your relationship here to stay?' that kind of thing. I feel like I'm transported back to the 1950's! In Scarlet there was 'How kinky are you?' its not trying to diagnose your neuroses, just a light-hearted way of getting women to look at their sexual attitudes. To me this can only be a good thing.
For a long time the leading men's mags such as Loaded and FHM had their own, erm, interesting way at looking at sex and sexuality. In their own way these mags seem to make judgements on men - you should want this kind of woman, you should want sex this often, that turns you on -what's wrong with you man??! I'm so grateful that some witty, intelligent, sexually aware women (and some men) got together to create Scarlet, you can like whatever, with whoever, whenever as long as you aren't hurting anyone (unless they want you to!) or yourself. No judgments.
Scarlet's features look at the types of relationships and sex people are having, different scenes - swingers, fetish large lady lovers, in fact everyone is pretty much catered for. I don't want it to come across as though this is a magazine only for women who are into hardcore s&m or anything like that because its not. If that's not your thing you will probably still be interested to read about it and there will be articles that are more your cup of tea. All the celeb magazines look at how other people live don't they? Well this just looks at what real life non-celebs are doing but in a more intimate way. If you are into more extreme stuff then this magazine will still be interesting too, it could give you a few ideas to try or just reassure you that you are not actually in a minority.
There are articles written by men, single women and those in a relationship so we get lots of people's point of view on sex and relationships. There are obviously health related articles as you probably couldn't have a magazine in this day and age that talks about sex without being responsible and talking about the stuff that can go along with it.
Scarlet is apparently the only women's magazine which features erotic fiction. For those of you who aren't sure what erotic fiction actually is it's basically short stories that are, well, erotic. This bit is now in a sealed section, I'm not sure why, it could be that they were worried about kids having a look through at the newsagents or something. These stories are purely there to get you in the mood. These are usually quite well written too and are obviously aimed at women which again makes a nice change from the male orientated stuff out there. These stories won't be everyone's thing, some may think them too rude, some people may feel uncomfortable reading that kind of thing and for others they won't be rude enough! They are only a small part of the magazine so it doesn't really matter what category you fit in to.
There are usually two or three pages of the usual girly stuff, make-up, clothes etc. There's also book, DVD, cd and website reviews as well as a problem page and horoscopes with a difference.
So who's it for? Well it's aimed at women obviously, probably for anyone who has started being sexually active or is about to be and although any age group would probably enjoy it it's probably most suitable for those 20 - 40. It comes across as a magazine that's aimed for heterosexual women as the Gratuitous Letch is always a bloke and most of the sex is male-female although with this magazine pretty much anything goes. As for men well a couple of my male friends have read most of my copies, not least because a lot of the adverts feature women in their undies. I think it's a great idea for men to read Scarlet; they may learn something and will probably enjoy reading it at the same time. My friends were particularly interested in an article which looked at texts that men sent, what they actually meant and what we usually think they mean. One of my friends actually started sending one word texts for a few days after reading this article in case the female recipients thought he was either falling for her or that he actually couldn't stand her. I'm sorry to say that I found this all quite amusing.
I can't really think of many negative points. They try and cater for everyone so if you don't like one article you may well love the next one. It's easy to read but may be too vulgar for some. I'm not sure how they are going to keep coming up with new material to fill the magazine. Sometimes I find the humour a little bit childish (when I'm having a mature moment which is rarely) and once in a while I find myself rolling my eyes at the daft terminology they sometimes use. Oh and as much as the articles are about empowering women and are for women of all shapes and sizes most of the adverts show white, slim, gorgeous women. In some ways this kind of defeats the point!!
As far as the practical stuff goes, the December issue is issue number 14. The magazine costs £3.50 for around 100 pages (worth every penny) and isn't actually that easily available yet. As I said I first saw it in Borders and I believe it's sold in WH Smiths. It's slowly being rolled out to other newsagents but as some people wont even like the idea of this magazine it may take a while. They offer a good subscription deal which changes regularly. When I subscribed it was £39 for 12 issues and you get a free gift pack. There are three choices of gift pack and I'm not going to go into detail about what's in them! You can subscribe on the website too. I didn't find the website particularly helpful as you can't really get a good idea of what the magazine is about. I would recommend finding a copy in a newsagent, seeing if you like it and then getting yourself a subscription, or even asking Santa for one!
I've already said this magazine won't be for everyone. Some people just think things like this are personal and wouldn't enjoy reading about them. Some people may even actually find it offensive. I personally think it's about time that women have a magazine that isn't about how beautiful people are or putting people down to make us feel better. This magazine is about being you. Doing what you want to do, not being forced into anything and being feeling comfortable with yourself. You may find it an interesting read once a month but on the other hand it could really make your life a whole lot more interesting!! Either way it's definitely worth having a look at.