Meet Kady Grant

Rebecca Morgan in conversation with artist Kady Grant on her playful painting practice and the importance of humor in art. RM: Can you tell me more about your upbringing and personal narrative? How have some of those experiences from your navigations shaped you or influenced you as an artist and human? KG: I think one...

Blonde Bombshells

From Karina Longworth’s phenomenal podcast series Dead Blondes (where 5 out of the 11 Blondes profiled were of the Bombshell persona variety), to Tumblr fan pages, it seems that society is still obsessed by the idea of the Old Hollywood “Blonde Bombshell”. While Hollywood has had many popular blonde actresses during its century-odd existence, (from...

A Queer Anthology of Rage

Writer Megan Wallace interviews artist Rich Porter about Pilot Press, exploring a spectrum of emotions through a queer lens, Pilot Press is back — and up in arms — with its latest offering. Anger has long been cast as a destructive force, an emotion which razes, rather than builds, bridges. However, true beauty can be born from...

The Currency Of Authenticity: What it means for women in pop

Let us begin with an ancient platitude, from the sacred scrolls buried deep within the comment section of any Youtube music video.‘I listen to REAL music.’ The idea of music being ‘authentic’, staying true to a collection of imagined principles is still at the very core of its credibility. But what is this idea of...

Whats hot or not in 2019 with Travis Alabanza

If you don’t already know the force that is Travis Alabanza, where have you been? Travis is a non-binary performer, writer and theatre-maker who made big waves in 2018 for Gender non-conforming and trans community. Polyester speaks to Travis on their personal experience in 2018 and what’s hot or not in 2019. ❣ ❣ ❣...

Pigtails & Pink: How Baby Spices’ girly image inspired a fight back against the male gaze

The Spice Girls’ members were branded with just one word each, a word that identified them and defined them. Together, all five could have embodied an actual whole of the every-girl, yet each individual took one fifth of that whole as their personality; her anger, her innocence, her cheekiness, her dignity and her physicality. These five...

Question everything with ‘a Guide to Thinking Critically About Your Sexuality”

New Year calls for self reflection: A Guide to Thinking Critically About Your Sexuality A comfortable, acceptable queer narrative begins so: “Ever since I was a child, I knew I was different”. I didn’t. In fact, I was explicitly taught otherwise. I knew I was loved. I knew I had friends, talents, and privilege afforded...

The Monstrous Mystique of Femmes in Horror Films

The scent of sage lingers heavily in the air as female oddities of every form gather in darkness to smudge away the inevitable ennui of kinky kittens and sartorially safe succubi… Feminine monstrosity as a fashion sense- the trashy transcendency, the burning of boundaries and the perverting of perspectives, is hella la mode but never...

Cooking up a storm this Christmas: Three French Hens

For Polyester’s twelve days of Christmas, Gina Tonic’s mum Vicki Jones reveals her winter warmer roast chicken recipe… In between starving myself and bingeing, my mam’s house has always been a food sanctuary. Sumptuous and sickly, rich and rewarding, eating with my mam and back in the house I grew up will never be a...

R.I.P Tumblr Porn

Tumblr’s adult content has cultivated a vibrant, creative and sex positive community. Without it, I doubt I would feel as comfortable as I do in expressing my sexuality today. For diverse body types, LGBT representation, erotica and audio porn, Tumblr surpasses mainstream porn sites every time. For most, the social media platform conjures up images...

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...