Lip Mag

28th Feb 2012


The stylish yet simplistic design of Australian feminist zine Lip reflects the writing within – you won’t find much fancypants design here, rather the articles are left to do the talking. The site prides itself on celebrating all personalities, interests and opinions, and as long as you have interest in feminism, there is something for everyone on this site.

Looking at the culture section you find reviews about things that you would expect to find on a feminist website: reviews of recently released film My Week with Marilyn, and music by reasonably unknown young female musicians show they provide a great platform for all things and  putting the famous alongside the not-so famous promotes new discoveries.

There are also reviews that you wouldn’t necessarily expect on a feminist website, such as the new Muppets film, giving an unexpected and interesting new perspective about something you perhaps wouldn’t have considered before.

There are a mixture of regular and one off contributors to the site, my favourite among the regulars being Dunja Nedic with her feature Love Out Loud. It’s a relationships column with a difference, and I find it refreshing to find such a thing on a feminist website as it sends out a big ‘F- you’ to those that think feminism is all about being hairy, single and hating everybody.

Her writing style mixes humour with poignancy (rather than giving out the real names of her ex-boyfriends, celebrity pseudonyms like Bon Jovi are used, which is funny but also shows that while she’s willing to talk about her own experiences, she isn’t willing to trash talk about those she’s no longer with), and she confronts all relationship topics from what it means to really love someone, to the time she (almost) cheated.

The emblem No Diet Talk adorned on every page shows that this is another in a stream of fantastic websites that celebrates women for who they really are rather than the highly popular ‘loose ten stone in a day!’ flurry of headlines on the most popular women’s magazines. You feel an emphasis on giving your own opinion about the articles which can lead to some interesting debates as well as making you feel really involved in the subject at hand.

There’s a regular Feminist of the Week column that features both women and men, profiling them and their feminist work. There’s also a blog roll promoting their favourite feminist publications and websites, and it’s lovely to see similar zines clubbing together to celebrate feminism rather than fighting for prominence.

By celebrating all opinions and personalities, you’re given a great range of material to read, and even if you disagree with one column, you’ll find another that makes you think “yes, that’s spot on”. My only qualm with this is if they’re going to display contrasting views (which is wonderful for debate and gives a fantastic variety to the site), they could focus more upon the layout so the site doesn’t become contradictory – when I logged on I was shown a column about how men can never be feminist located right next to feminist of the week who was a…man.

With a few minor adjustments, this site could be the perfect feminist escape with content to get your mind ticking for hours, whatever your perspectives and interests.

Gina Kershaw