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This NSFW ‘Wet Dreams’ zine and tee talks femininity and sexual freedom

"I stand by my girlhood in a male space, and my body and sexuality, with full agency, sit here with me too"

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“An anonymous compilation of wet dreams, fantasies, and nudes” reads the cover of the Wet Dreams zine, volume one of a collaborative project between NYC’s clothing brand ALIFE and photographer Sophia Day.

One of these aforementioned anonymous fantasies? “This one girl i was talking to we were in the back of my old job watching anime and shit and she randomly brought up ‘have you ever spit in someone’s mouth?’ And i was like i mean when you kiss yea but she meant like slowly drip your spit into the other persons mouth and at first i was weird about it but i did it with her and its kinda cool lmfao”. ‘Wet Dreams’ holds no boundaries.

For its creators, the zine is part of a bigger scheme. “Sexuality is a big part of identity…. We are all sexual beings and need these safe places to explore and discover”.

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For Day, who talks about growing up in a masculine-dominant setting, ALIFE taught her that, in regards to her femininity, her presence is enough; nothing needs to be proven. Wet Dreams zine is about open sexual exploration and identity through your sexuality,” writes Day. “I have taught myself to own my body, my sexuality, and my girlhood. I am proud of being in these spaces. My project, the zine and shirt, taking up space in the shop and having their own presence is very powerful to me. I stand by this project and hope it can open the conversation to the audience ALIFE can attract.”

“I stand by my girlhood in a male space, and my body and sexuality, with full agency, sit here with me too. I know this representation is important here. I feel lucky and proud.”

This is important. The ambiguous, and often indistinguishable, intersection between femininity, censorship, and sexual liberty continues to plague the media sphere. By constructing a dialogue about the stereotypically taboo and providing a space for discussion, Wet Dreams is adding to the conversation – no longer are we able to ignore, we learn best when we are confronted.

Check out some prints from the zine and tee collection in the gallery above. Head on over to ALIFE‘s online store for more information and throw some support behind the project.

  • Words: Louis Hanson
  • Images: Sophie Day / Alife

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