Science Fiction Is For White People

The concept of science fiction was built for white people; it took off near the start of the Industrial Revolution and age of Enlightenment in Europe. Scifi is then a very Eurocentric box, though The Arabian Nights and other folklore may contain elements of scifi. Scifi is an expansion, along with technology, in the human...

Bitchcraft

I was raised part-time by ghosts: grandmothers, cousins, the ouija board channels a family tree still hairpiled in ‘60s bouffants, still listening to Rumi on the radio. I occupy the absence of these women, whose lives I remember in a pre-Revolutionary Iran that I’ve certainly never known. And to their company I am adding, like...

What Makes Us, Reel Good Film Club

For Maria Cabrera and Grace Barber-Plentie, their experiences of the world don’t just come through their gender, but their role as black women in society too. This affects everything: from what they wear, to how they embrace feminism as well as their work at Reel Good Film Club. Most Polyester readers will be familiar with...

Chosen Family

This photo story is based off of the idea of “chosen family” and unity, or acceptance within a group. Through these images, I wanted to convey the value of spreading love and acceptance during this period of hatred and non-inclusivity that the US has been facing in its current state. Within my concept, I wanted...

Girls of D.C.

At the first mention of Washington, D.C the first thing people think about is the White House. It’s safe to say that DC is not known for the artistic youth that live and work in the crevices of this capital city, slowly stirring up an artistic revolution that is sure to take the art scene...