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Hook up culture project | Zine Vol.1

* Mature topics and words that may trigger victims of assault

The start of 2016 My friend Xanthe and I decided to start a project called " Hook Up Culture " to form knowledge and provide education around our youth culture surrounding love, lust and heartbreak, Gender, self-love, sex, relationships, assault ( rape culture ), mental health etc. Our goal was to provide a zine for those interested in supporting this project. We had the help from many talented artists, photographers and writers to form a 20 page publication available to the public. Starting with a survey to collect anonymous answers that helped us understand an honest representation around the topic of " hook up culture " and the general value and respect towards relationships, gender and everything in between.

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Illustartion by Sebastian Rice-Walsh

Illustartion by Sebastian Rice-Walsh

 ' Hook up culture ' a project In which we wanted to explore messages and education surrounding this topic. Our intentions were to create written and photographic material to demonstrate clear and honest representations of personal growth, sexuality, gender and anything associated with hook up culture specifically in our ( Xanthe and I ) generation. We aim to start breaking the barrier of nervousness in our own enviroments which comes with talking about these topics and communicate the reality of how uniform this culture has become in our society.

Photograph by Gabrielle Stoddard 

Photograph by Gabrielle Stoddard 

We have been very privileged in working with some incredible creatives to form hook up culture zine vol.1. A huge thank you to Jess Sinton, Francis Brough, Iris Guevarra, Frances Cannon, Reneé Jacobi, Catherine Boddy, Ethan Broughton, Sebastian Rice-Walsh, Siara Chicane, Evangeline Davis, Luca Walton / Lucid Luca for creating a final product with us!

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Finally after a year of planning, researching, collaborating and creating we can now share the vol.1 copy of our zine and selected posters! The profit will go towards funding our project, Supporting the contributors and helping charities that have been important and relevant in our research. 

 

Illustration by frances Cannon ( Included in zine ) 

Illustration by frances Cannon ( Included in zine ) 

Self Note

I have never found it easy to talk about controversial topics and as a young teen I never really had open conversations with my pairs about sexuality, gender, mental health etc. I've learnt in most recent years that these topics are very quiet and unspoken which is totally understandable but in some circumstances it has a negative effect. Being at the tail end of my teen years I have been surrounded by a more evident experimental youth culture which involves a more common occurrence of relationships, love, lust, and friendships. I've noticed within the different friend circles I've surrounded myself with in the last 5 years many of our behaviors are simply repeated and we tend to find ourselves abiidding to many rules and making similar decisions ( definitly a personal judgment I know many people are wise and aware of their own behanviors ). In saying this it might just be my observations but I truly think that at my age ( 18 ) or specifically my generation we can find it hard to communicate clearly. The motivation behind this project is to try break the silence when it comes to talking about sex, heartbreak, body image, mental illness, consent, assault ( rape culture ), gender etc. Due to a lot of miscommunication many people are uneducated and naive which can lead to a lot of confusion, miss understanding and dangers. I have been Naive, I have been confused and in danger and I think if it takes a few awkward convos to understand some things Its worth it for sure!! Keep everyone safe and educated. 

Illustration by Luca Walton - Lucid Luca 

Illustration by Luca Walton - Lucid Luca 

Thank you for all the support we have received up till this point! Feel free to email us at hookupcultureproject@gmail.com If you would like to get involved in our next zine or if you have any questions!

Xanthe and Gab xx