Charlie Craggs is our First Guest Editor

My names Charlie Craggs, and I’m officially your unofficial new editor…for a little while. I’m basically the transgender version of Ione gamble though, see photo, so hopefully the change won’t be too hard for you to adapt to. But yeah, I’m Polyester’s first ever guest editor, so hi. For those of you who don’t have a clue who I…

Alternative Film Poster of the month

Illustrated by Charlotte Tymm

The Imaginary World of my Life as an 18th Century Dapper Dyke

Seeing myself in Radclyffe Hall, Dykeon Tortured by Queer Pathology In 1899, two years before Radclyffe Hall would use her inherited fortune to clothe herself in tailor-made menswear, my apartment was built in a Dutch settlement then called “The Town of Bushwick.” Though the Brooklyn neighbourhood has now seen over a century of commercialisation, my…

We Catch up with Jess “Biig Piig” Smyth

Jess “Biig Piig” Smyth is a half-Irish, half-Spanish singer-songwriter based in Hammersmith. At just the age of 20 she exudes soul, confidence and writes with a certain conversational poetry. Creating tunes with London’s cutting-edge Nine8 collective, a group of underground musicians, artists, and designers. Collaborating on projects spanning music, filmmaking, and clothing design, Biig Piig…

Pure Confidence

Alyia Soraya states on her Photo Series Confidence “Confidence is such a simple and common word that’s tossed around to give a message but how rare it is to look at a photo and say, “hey, I could do that too. Hey, I wanna be dancing in my bra, too.” and that’s what I’m trying…

Where do we go from here?

“We have now landed in Heathrow Terminal 2.” I have heard these distorted, muffled words leaving the airplane microphone a dozen times. As I exit the aircraft, mentally preparing myself for another 4 hours of travelling to rainy northern England, my anxiety is nowhere to be found. Frustrating isn’t it, that this feeling of finally…

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Women and Pills (part 2)

“Women who misbehave, who refuse to conform, and what is done to them.” Women are controlled by medication; many women even control themselves, voluntarily submitting to sedatives or stimulants in order to suppress or enhance whatever it is about their mind or body that they believe needs suppressing or enhancing. We are taught to control…

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Exploring the Long History Between Women and Pills

Women and pills have a long, troubled history. From opiates like morphine and laudanum, which were used as painkillers and to mitigate anxiety in the nineteenth century, to contemporary psychiatric medication, women have always been more likely to be prescribed, to take, and to suffer from addiction to drugs. There is some gender bias at…

A lesson in behavioural intervention

When you think of playground behaviour, name calling, bickering, games of kiss chase and stuck in the mud are probably a few of the things that come to mind.

Minus the mud, these are a few of the things that could also come to mind when you think of the modern-day internet.

For women, this can pose…

What Pornhub’s Most Searched Terms tell us about our sex lives

From incest to Rick & Morty parody porn, writer Rebecca Rhys-Evans investigates how culture creates trends in pornography.     Pornography, porn, hard-core, soft-core, smut, filth, adult material, explicit content – whatever you want to call it, we know you’re watching it. Pornhub has released its Most Searched Terms of last year and the jury…

Happy Halloween

This spooky photo series comes from horror movie stills mostly from the 60s and 70s, drawing inspiration from Dario Argento, Jess Franco, and Jean Rollin among other directors.   “It comes from the idea that good horror stills can often be more satisfying than the movies themselves because they can’t disappoint you with bad dialogue…

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Sisters of the Succubus

Something wicked this way comes… Most Bewitching Bite, Fabulous Fangs and Miss American Vampire 2018 – we reimagine a beauty pageant for the undead to ring in Halloween. ☾☾ ☾☾☾☾☾☾ Photography by Joanna Wzorek. Art direction by Mona Leanne and Ione Gamble. Makeup by Mona Leanne. Hair by Paul Jones. Set design by Stefania Lucchesi. Styling by…