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April 22, 2016

#51 Lip Readings: The Invisible Orientation (Aces and Queens)

Practical problems prevented the promised previous presentation of this podcast, but here it is at last!

Les Femmes du Lèvre are once more Les Femmes du Livre as Friday Night Lip Readings continues.

Tonight, your hosts take a long-awaited look at The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Sondra Decker, especially the chapter 'A Message for Non-Asexual People'. 

'What if you weren’t sexually attracted to anyone?'

In the studio tonight with their reading glasses on are experienced asexual Daria, and willing-to-learn allosexuals Nicky and Nida.
Episode links:
The Invisible Orientation at the author's site:  http://juliesondradecker.com/?page_id=1767
Julie Sondra Decker's website:  http://juliesondradecker.com
The Invisible Orientation available at: Bookworld (Australia), Book Depository (other countries) and Audible
Julie Sondra Decker/Swankivy's YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/swankivy
First broadcast:  22 April 2016

April 16, 2016

#50 Carol (Love in the Time of McCarthy)

For our 50th episode we take you back to the 1950s. Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt was adapted into the 2015 film Carol, and a six-pack of Lipsters are here to talk all about it!

(Spoilers for the movie within. Caveat auscultator.)


Episode links:
Official site (with trailer): http://carolfilm.com
Carol available at: EzyDVD, via Booko and on iTunes
The Price of Salt available at: Bookworld (Australia),  Book Depository (everywhere else) and Audible
Patricia Highsmith at Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Highsmith
Laurel Lefkow's site: http://laurellefkow.com
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara Talk About Oscars Snub at The Feminism Project:  http://thefeminismproject.com/entertainment/cate-blanchett-and-rooney-mara-talk-about-oscars-snub-oscarssostraight/
Gay Cliché on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/gaycliche/
Reload Bar & Games:  http://www.reloadbar.com.au

Equal Love Canberra on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/equallovecanberra/
First broadcast:  15 April 2016
November 21, 2015

#36 Periods Explored (A Book Not Yet Red)

Hey, you there!

Yes, you looking at the podcast.
Have you recently ovulated? Found yourself with one egg fewer? Let a gamete go unfertilised? Shed some womb lining?
Then you might have had a period.
It's not just you. They're all the rage. People from all corners of the globe are getting aboard this great new craze.
'But, Friday Night Lip Service,' we hear you ask. 'If everyone's doing it, how can I get an edge and impress my family and friends in the field of ovular reproductive cycles?'
Why, dear shopper, by playing this very podcast. When you listen to Izzy, Nicky and Nida talk with Rosie Stevens, a writer researching menstruation for an upcoming book, you'll learn as much fun and interesting new information about The Flow as they do.
Episode links:
Rosanna Stevens on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RosannaBeatrice
How One Man Ran the World's Only Menstruation Museum From His Basement at Vice:  http://www.vice.com/read/how-one-man-ran-the-worlds-only-museum-of-menstruation-from-his-basement-511
The Museum of Menstruation & Women's Health:  http://www.mum.org
How to Simulate a Period (For Transgender Women) at Precious Stars Pads:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcNco-mM700
Lenny Letter by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner:  http://www.lennyletter.com
The Intimate Side of a Woman's Life at The Museum of Menstruation:  http://www.mum.org/intima.htm
First broadcast: 20 November 2015
October 11, 2015

#32 Lip Readings: Popular Cinema and Lesbian Interpretive Strategies (Projecting onto the Screen)

Friday Night Lip Readings returns as Daria, Gem and Yen explore the ideas of Popular Cinema and Lesbian Interpretative Strategies in a so-titled paper by Cheryl Dobinson and Kevin Young.

When lesbians can't see their own kind on the screen, what are we to do? Why, tell ourselves it was there all along, of course. Subtext, the lesbian gaze (gayze?) and strange tangential giggle-fits are the order of the day in this episode.
Episode Links
 'Popular Cinema and Lesbian Interpretive Strategies' by Cheryl Robinson and Kevin Young at ResearchGate:    http://www.researchgate.net/publication/12125634_Popular_cinema_and_lesbian_interpretive_strategies
The next reading will be from The Invisible Orientation by Julie Sondra Decker:  http://juliesondradecker.com/?page_id=1767
First broadcast: 9 October 2015
August 20, 2015

#26 Lip Readings: Lesbian Body Image Perceptions (Written About The Body)

Welcome to the second installment of Friday Night Lip Readings. 

We are discussing the paper 'Lesbian Body Image Perceptions: The Context of Body Silence' by Laura Kelly.

Tune in to hear all about the reading and experience Gem, Jess and Yen bringing some witty, pithy feminist analysis!


Episode links: 

'Lesbian Body Image Perceptions: The Context of Body Silence':
The Marry Happy Project:  http://www.marryhappy.org (see the video at YouTube)
Etymology of 'strewth' at The Straight Dope Message Boards:  http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=187819
Next Reading is 'Popular Cinema and Lesbian Interpretive Strategies' by Cheryl Dobinson and Kevin Young, ResearchGate page here:  http://www.researchgate.net/publication/12125634_Popular_cinema_and_lesbian_interpretive_strategies
 (Apologies that there are some audio anomalies in this episode. We are breaking in new equipment.)
First broadcast: 14 August 2015
June 12, 2015

#17 Book Club: Clitoral Corruption (Academic Cliterature)

This week we are launching not only a new segment, but a new Lipster. 

Nida and Yen are joined by the new voice of Gem for our new Queer Feminist Reading Group Book Club Monthly. 
Tonight we're discussing the Clitoral Corruption : Body Metaphors and American Doctors' Construction of Female Homosexuality 1870 - 1900 by Margaret Gibson. 

Curious? Download and listen to join in - and find out if we can think of a snappier new name for the feature.

Episode links:
Science and Homosexualities available in print at Bookworld:  https://www.bookworld.com.au/books/science-and-homosexuality/p/9780415915021
Anatomic Study of the Clitoris and Bulbo-Clitoral Organ:  https://books.google.com.au/books?isbn=3319048945
Next Reading is 'Lesbian body image perceptions: The context of Body Silence' by Laura Kelly, ResearchGate page here:   http://www.researchgate.net/publication/6116415_Lesbian_body_image_perceptions_The_context_of_Body_Silence
First broadcast: 5 June 2015
February 17, 2015

#7 Book Club: Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Listen Out For)

Well, well. Turns out The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For is no kind of Dutch spotters' guide at all, but actually a book of lesbian cartoons by Alison Bechdel.
Tune in to this Friday Night Lip Service as Jess and Daria give their opinion on this classic piece of queer sequential art in our latest Book Club episode.
If you have your own opinions or want to join the discussion, you can E-mail them to fridaynightlipservice@gmail.com or post them right here or on the Facebook page.

Episode links:
The website of Alison Bechdel, with more about Dykes to Watch Out For and her other work:  http://dykestowatchoutfor.com
Venus Envy by Erin Lindsey:  http://www.venusenvycomic.com
Home of the creator of Dar! and Oh Joy Sex Toy, Erika Moen:  http://www.erikamoen.com
Website of Roberta Gregory, creator of Bitchy Bitch and more:  http://www.robertagregory.com/Robertagregory/Home.html

And here Autostraddle have a look at some queer webcomics:  http://www.autostraddle.com/seven-queer-webcomics-that-are-not-dar-184960/ 


First broadcast: 13 February 2015

January 21, 2015

#3 Queer and feminist biography (She Herself I)

Ever said to yourself, 'Story of my life, that is!' 

Well, if you're one of the women we look at in this episode, you might say it while holding up an actual book. Tonight, Daria, Nicky and Nida see if the world of queer and feminist autobiography can be judged by its cover.

Episode links:
Caitlin Stasey's new feminist project, http://www.herself.com
Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson: http://www.jeanettewinterson.com/book/why-be-happy-when-you-could-be-normal/
Carla Williams: http://www.mocp.org/detail.php?t=objects&type=browse&f=maker&s=Williams%2C+Carla&record=0


Original broadcast: 16 January 2015

(Notice: there were some tech troubles with Daria's microphone - for all her faults, she doesn't sound that distorted in real life.)