How a manicure can help you campaign for trans rights

This comic is part of Charlie Cragg’s Nail Transphobia editorial takeover. To read Charlie’s editors letter and find out more about her work, life and activist campaigns, click here. Charlie’s own brand of activism — fabulous activism — has always been about engaging real people in tiny acts that spur on concrete change. From her...

Alex Margo is an old-school Hollywood bombshell for the digital age

Charlie Craggs selects three Trans sisters to talk to whilst decorating their nails for #Nailit #NailsTransphobia campaign. Meet Alex Margo a.k.a OLD DRAG who is always impeccably dressed from of their archive in vintage pieces and signature dots makeup.  ALEX a.k.a. OLD DRAG I’m an artist based in London. In my work, I consider questionable authority through...

Meet the self-proclaimed Trans Deamon

Charlie Craggs selects three Trans sisters to talk to whilst decorating their nails for #Nailit #NailsTransphobia campaign. Meet Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley the self-proclaimed Trans Deamon. Danielle a.k.a Ladydangfua  I’m a black trans artist working in animation and sound in order to unpack living as a trans body. As well as dreaming of a physical archive which...

What it’s like having Gender Dysmorphia

As a part of Charlie Craggs takeover, she has selected Lucia Blake who runs Transmissions, a club night and support group which acts as a response to the unpleasant and unprecedented rise of the “TERF” movement, to speak on what its like to have Gender Dysphoria.   So recently (after copious amounts of gin) I revealed...

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...

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...

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...

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...