Jess “Biig Piig” Smyth Interview

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...

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...

Women and Pills (part 1)

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...

These Latinx artists dicuss subject and photographer

Interview between Blair Cannon and two up-and-coming young Latinx artists, lberto Vargas (A) and actor/artist Andrea Granera (B), discussing the roles of photographer and subject.  This improvised shoot is a project about how being a subject can be a performance in itself—it points to a confidence in us that we may not have in our everyday lives and...

What it’s like to be actressin’

Building a career as an Actress brings with it a set of tasks and hurdles that are unique to the profession. I caught up with Rose Williams, most famous for her roles as Young Vinnie in A Quiet Passion and her most recent role as Princess Claude in CW’s Reign. With both an upcoming film, Changeland, and a series, Curfew, airing on...

Use This Spell to Hex TERFs

This summer, we have a rare opportunity to improve trans rights. Come Out For Trans Equality and have your say on reforming the Gender Recognition Act. We turned to YaYa Bones, the non binary witch and musician  (musical moniker of multi-disciplinary artist Ayesha Tan-Jones) to bring us tools, a spell and a video, for erradicating TERFS. Follow the spell...

Collusion is the New Label Putting Gen Z Front and Centre

“When I was growing up there wasn’t something that reflected who I was or who I wanted to be,” says Rene Matić, founding collaborator of Collusion. “That’s why Collusion feels hopeful to help form something for the coming of age.”  A new brand from the people behind ASOS; Collusion aims to cut through the bullshit...

The poetry anthology published by young female authors for young female authors

Mix a spoonful of sugar, some spice and all things nice with slugs, snails and puppy dogs tails… that’s what Smear is made of. Smear is the all-female poetry anthology circulating in the Polyester office and, since June, has been sitting pretty on the shelves of Urban Outfitters. Containing the work of 34 poets in...

Why We Need To Treat All Skin Tones Equally

The story of colourism is deeply anti-feminist. It is the story of femininity diminishing with skin darkness, romantic rejection by men both black and white and a society that denies women of colour agency and fullness of emotion. I argue this because the elevation of black women of lighter skin tones indicates a society with...