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April 6, 2018

#102 Parenting (Parenting Queerfully, or, The AK Summers Power Hour)

Ollie and Sai talk through some more of the slightly behemoth topic of parenting. Please be aware of the many conversations, plans, campaigns, and naps taken to make more inclusive practices for queer women, non-binary, intersex and transgender parents.

A white dog lying back and suckling a ginger and a white-and-light-brown kitten.

Image by Nehru Suleymanovski [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

That this is a bit of a time capsule of things as they stand for our two presenters . They've also put together a tiny starting pool of...

...Links to resources:

Music in this episode:

November 1, 2016

#64 Breasts (Free the Nipple)

From the trope of feminist 'bra-burning' to how uncomfortable underwires can be, to the way breasts are used to sell ethical causes.

How does the movement against bras just open up a market for 'bralettes', and how does it work for bigger-breasted people? Has queer(?) bralessness been taken over by pop-feminism?
Promotional image for Free the Nipple.
Note: This episode was severely affected by equipment issues, so sound quality varies significantly.

Episode links:
Free the Nipple campaign at Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_the_Nipple_(campaign)
Free the Nipple (film) official site:  http://www.freethenipple.com
#ImWithCody hashtag on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/search?q=%23imwithcody&src=typd
First broadcast: 16 September 2016
(Another note: This was first broadcast and recorded some time before, when the Marriage  Plebiscite was yet to be blocked in Parliament and was very much on everyone's lips. The above technical issues meant that we could not bring it to you before now.)

May 28, 2016

#54 Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS I Say So)

You'll want to get your cow's-head diagram for this one.


Izzy and Nida are talking all things to do with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Body positive insulin resistance and the war on carbohydrates. Reproduction insurance and hirsutism. The hormone binary and second-year chats.
All this, and a chance to win free tickets to local BDSM party Fire & Ice!
Episode links:

PCOS 101 at GBHealthwatch:  https://www.gbhealthwatch.com/science-portal-PCOS-101.php

Fire & Ice at Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fireandicecanberra/

Spirolactone at Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spironolactone

Is PCOS an Intersex Condition? at JustAnswer:  http://www.justanswer.com/ob-gyn/5xkgz-pcos-hirsutism-intersex-condition.html

Did Obesity Exist in Prehistoric Times? at Slate:  http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/05/old_and_fat.html

PCOS and food by Dr Tori Hudson:  http://drtorihudson.com/general/endocrine-health/pcos/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-pcos/
Androgen Generation in Adipose Tissue in Women with Simple Obesity by Quinkler, Sinha, Tomlinson, Bujalska, Stewart and Arlt:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15531721

First broadcast: 20 May 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
September 4, 2015

Lip Service Classics: Safe Sex (Fresh Nethers Lip Service)

Our regular episode was called on account of illness and injury, so it's only appropriate we bring you something on the subject of health. This time, sexual health.

Join Annie, Jenni, Izzy and Nida to hear how to keep safe doing what the birds, bees and educated fleas do.
Episode links:
STI vs STD: What's the Difference? at The STD Project:  http://www.thestdproject.com/std-vs-sti-whats-the-difference/
5 Essential Tips for How to Clean Your Sex Toys:  http://www.womenshealthmag.com/sex-and-love/cleaning-sex-toys
Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT:  http://www.shfpact.org.au
The AIDS Action Council:  http://aidsaction.org.au
First broadcast: 1 August 2014
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
May 30, 2015

#16 Quiz (Trivia Pursued)

This week we try out what we hope to make a new recurring feature on Friday Night Lip Service. Daria, Eun-Ju and big-brained guest Brooke challenge and expand each other's knowledge on sex, sexuality, queerness and all the things that can tangent to.

First broadcast: 29 May 2015
February 21, 2015

#8 Periods Revisited (Red Vag of Courage)

About 28 days ago, Jess and Nida brought you their perspective on menstruation. Since then, some of the rest of the team have been lining up our own thoughts on the subject. Tonight a different take on The Curse as your visitors come on to pad your evening.

So pour some blue liquid, don your tight white jeans and get out your cow's-head diagram. It's that time of next month as Daria, Lucy and new guest Amy get bloody irregular with topics, moon over the positives, rag on the negatives, and present their own period piece.
Episode links:
All about menstrual cups:  http://menstrualcup.co
'Period Piece' by Lena D, the song the crew reviewed:  http://itsmyperiod.ca
The beginnings of GST on tampons, via the ABC:  http://www.abc.net.au/am/stories/s95145.htm
Some GST-free dental dams at Family Planning Victoria:  http://www.fpv.org.au/resource-centre/bookshop/women-s-and-men-s-health/
First broadcast: 20 February 2015
January 25, 2015

#4 Periods (Talkin’ ‘Bout My Menstruation)

Jess and Nida bring you a discussion on menstruation.

They'll cycle through what it means personally, culturally and even socially. Don't forget, you can egg them on with a spot of commentary via E-mail or the Facebook page.
Take it as red that they'll keep up the flow of conversation and talk ova the whole bleeding thing - period.
Episode links:
How much do you spend on disposable hygiene products? http://www.menstruation.com.au/menstrualproducts/padcalculation.html
'The Lady's Dressing Room' by Jonathan Swift: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Texts/dressing.html
First broadcast: 23 January 2015