❤ Gyrl Gaze- The Pastels ❤

Once upon a time, a trio of girls from Australia decided to create a beauty Youtube channel unaware of how massive an impact they would make or how many people they would reach. In December of 2014, The Pastels was born and 74 videos and 4,335 subscribers later, they are making more than a dent...

Why a ‘good abortion film’ should never just be an ‘abortion film’

It’s no secret that abortion is a tricky subject for people to handle. With the recent shooting at Planned Parenthood, the abortion laws in Ireland and stories of illegal abortions around the world, abortion has been hitting all of our news screens in the past few months. But what about our film screens? Grandma (2015)...

Locked Out: What Happens to Women After Prison?

“Everyone’s so nice here. Everyone treats you like a human being, and not this strange alien who’s committed a crime…. You need that after prison, to build yourself up after being told, ‘You’re bad, you’re a terrible person, you’re an outcast from society’. Because that’s what you’re told virtually every day in prison. It’s very...

Boycott Boyfriends 2015

The latest instalment of, ‘My Therapist Gave Me An Assignment: Write about Your Ex’ I’m on this no boyfriend kick right now. It’s a really strict diet. I usually have this tendency of jumping from one relationship to another and right now I’m trying to avoid that. It’s excruciatingly hard. Love and boys are cool,...

Life in 2D: Why Are Video Games Still So Sexist?

  While watching a friend of mine play the latest version of Metal Gear Solid, the Phantom Pain, I discovered the game’s primary female protagonist, Quiet. Quiet, as the name suggests, is quiet. She does not speak, but, despite this and her lack of attire, she is a skilled assassin, accompanying Snake on missions throughout...

“We are all destined for disgusting”- Lola Rose meets Penny Goring

“Showing your age is a radical act because women are socialised to buy and do whatever it takes to hide it. We must feel shame and hide our age – or be ridiculed and reviled. And when we can no longer disguise it we must disappear. Or be disgusting. Disgusting is to possess no value,...

Ugh, Boys! Part Three.

[cycloneslider id=”3252″] A new instalment of our comic exploring all the creepy way guys hit on girls- by Miu Hatano.

Big Tits & Little Shits- on growing up with buxom breasts

I was fine with my big tits until I was 14 in the P.E. changing rooms and another girl told me that I had the body of a 40 year old. Up until that point, I’d always had a sense of faux pride in what my body had provided for me – big breasts that...

Daughters of Darkness

It’s Halloween, and as many of us don our vampire costumes, we look back at the female vampire and its history. The vampire flick is a genre that has a deep-rooted connection with feminism and queer theory, yet is encompassed within the male gaze and is a genre intertwined with misogynistic and homophobic tendencies. It’s...

Where’s My American Pie?

There is an aspect of our adolescence that is ignored by our parents and over exaggerated by the film industry – of older boys and younger girls (note, I said boys). When you’re fifteen, the guys you hang out with are eighteen. And it’s great: they buy you fags and take your virginity and drive...

Ugh, Boys! Part Two.

[cycloneslider id=”2983″] The second in a comic series by Miu Hatano

When I Talk About About Taking Up Space

This is my personal conclusion to the series of interviews I conducted for Polyester, ‘Collective Practices- Making Space For Female Creativity’. The story of how I came to write these and the struggles surrounding women and the spaces in which they reside. When I talk about taking up space, I don’t just mean literal space,...