Lips: Expressions of Female* Sexuality started as part of an assignment for their Introduction to Women’s Studies Class. Lips asked women in their campus community to send stories, poetry, and artwork expressing their sexuality for the publication.
The zine served as an outlet where women could express themselves honestly and openly. Its existence empowered those who contributed and even those who didn't. It created and claimed a space where female* voices were valid, valued, and, perhaps most importantly, were heard.
Now the zine is digitizing into a new kind of social media platform to serve as an alternative to media publications and platforms that harm individual's self esteem and mental health, as well as marginalize honest, intelligent discourses of sexuality and the female* experience.
When we encourage sexual expression, we begin to paint a more complete picture of sex and love. We hope readers will learn from others, and use experiences shared by contributors to work towards achieving acceptance of self and others as well as healthy relationships based on mutual understanding and pleasure.
We believe that every female* deserves access to diverse and honest stories about female sexuality. We believe that every female* deserves access to a space where her voice is allowed, acknowledged and valued. We're done with "taboo" and "inappropriate" and "improper." We're ready for real.
To provide a space in digital and print for women* to share their experiences openly and honestly, as well as a space for women to enjoy and support empowering and authentic content. Through our platform and University Chapters, we also aim to encourage women and lgbtq+ individuals to get involved in, and build confidence from, entrepreneurship and technology.
***What's with the asterisks? We recognize the gender binary as a social construct and welcome those all along the spectrum to join our community. Inclusion and acceptance are among our core values because diverse voices enrich our understanding and elevate the conversation, empowering and inspiring even more people. You go, girls*!