think about it
Your cart is empty
Visit The Shop
Monday 13 August 2012
Culture Featured

interview: jo corrigan, the commoner restaurant

Zoya J. Patel
No comments

Here at lip, there’s nothing we like more than a good success story, especially when it involves tasty food, a good business mind and an awesome woman! Meet Jo Corrigan, chef and owner of The Commoner, one of Fitzroy’s best restaurants. I caught up with Jo to talk food, business and cooking tips from a…
Read more

Monday 30 July 2012
Featured Opinion

why magic mike is sexist – but to women, not men

Zoya J. Patel
3 comments

Let me pitch a movie idea to you – Right, so there’s this young, naïve girl, who gets kicked out of uni and isn’t sure what she’s doing with her life. She moves in with her protective, and somewhat judgmental older brother, who tries to get her a real job. On one casual shift, she…
Read more

Thursday 26 July 2012
Featured

(sex)uality : show me your sexual agency

Zoya J. Patel
2 comments

Let me tell you a story, about a friend of mine. Sally, as we shall call her, is in her early twenties, single, and at university. A group of her friends often go out on a Friday night, get pleasantly sloshed and dance like maniacs in a variety of clubs. A while ago, she went…
Read more

Wednesday 25 July 2012
Culture Featured

author q&a: nicola themistes, spectacle city

Zoya J. Patel
No comments

Spectacle City is the first novel by author Nicola Themistes, and it is a complex, multi-layered novel about Melbourne, drugs, self-destruction, and most importantly, life in all its forms. I caught up with Nicola to discuss the novel, writing, and self-publishing in the internet age. Tell me more about Spectacle City. I usually refer to…
Read more

Thursday 19 July 2012
Featured

(sex)uality: virginity tales

Zoya J. Patel
No comments

In season one of Girls*, one of my favourite plotlines is that of Shoshanna, the cousin and roommate of Jessa. Shoshanna is slightly awkward, very endearing, and most significantly, a 22-year-old virgin. Her virginity is somewhat of a burden to Shoshanna. She feels cut-off, left out, like she can’t join in with the girls when…
Read more

Friday 13 July 2012
Featured Opinion

(sex)uality : what does a vagina look like?

Zoya J. Patel
One comment

In issue 19 of Lip, we had an article called ‘The Quest For The Perfect Vagina’. The spread (pun intended) for the article had a blown up image of a slightly-unfurled pink rose dominating most of the page. Every time I showed the issue to a friend, they would immediately flick to the article, and…
Read more

Tuesday 10 July 2012
Culture Featured

how being indian made me a feminist

Zoya J. Patel
One comment

(First published on Zoya’s blog, The Coconut Chronicles) If there’s one thing our generation is not known for, it’s our ardent enthusiasm for feminism. In fact, claiming that you’re a feminist is more like a kiss of social death than the badge of honour it once was. The general opinion seems to be that feminism…
Read more

Friday 6 July 2012
Featured Opinion

how to stand up to your anti-feminist tormentor

Zoya J. Patel
2 comments

When I was in high school I often found myself the subject of unwanted male attention. Guys would sit near me in class, watch me avidly during debates and assemblies, follow me around at lunchtime. While I would love to say that it was because I was the cutest girl in school (would I love…
Read more

Thursday 5 July 2012
Opinion

(sex)uality : the morning after pill

Zoya J. Patel
2 comments

I worked in a pharmacy for about 4 years while I was at university. I loved my job as a dispensary tech, despite the often gross conversations I would be forced into with customers. Some favourites include the time a guy tried to make me touch the wart that was blooming under his armpit, and…
Read more

Thursday 28 June 2012
Featured

(sex)uality : STD shame, and why I think it’s stupid

Zoya J. Patel
3 comments

In episode 2 of Girls, protagonist Hannah gets panicky about her vagina. Specifically, what might be happening inside it. A firm believer in the use of condoms, Hannah is confident she has always had safe sex. But that doesn’t satisfy her paranoia – as she says repeatedly throughout the episode, ‘what about the stuff that…
Read more

Thursday 14 June 2012
Featured

interview : the last prom

Zoya J. Patel
No comments

There aren’t many bands around like The Last Prom. Combining flawless pop music with an edgy Apocalypse theme, with costumes and characters to boot, the Canberra band have been making waves since their debut in 2011. Currently, The Last Prom are gearing up for a brand new theatre show, that focuses on the themes of…
Read more

Wednesday 13 June 2012
Featured

Watching ‘Girls’ and why sexual harassment isn’t funny

Zoya J. Patel
3 comments

I realise I’m a bit behind the curve with this one, but I just watched the first eight episodes of the new HBO release, Girls. For those who don’t know, Girls has been lauded as the more realistic, more edgy, more funny version of Sex And The City for 20-somethings instead of 30-somethings. It’s also…
Read more

Tuesday 1 May 2012
Featured

Keeping lip in print – seeking ideas and feedback!

Zoya J. Patel
6 comments

Sometimes, working on an online magazine can feel a bit isolating – all of our staff is scattered across Australia, our readers are names and not faces, and it can feel a bit like it’s just us, in our bedrooms on our laptops, shouting into the abyss. This is what I said in my speech…
Read more

Thursday 26 April 2012
Opinion

The Child Conundrum – Why I Don’t Want Kids

Zoya J. Patel
3 comments

I originally wrote this as a post for my blog, The Coconut Chronicles, but have expanded it here! Let me just put this out there – I’m not a fan of children. In fact, I would go so far as to say that children are like little aliens to me. I see them and I’m…
Read more