How Protest Has Become Profitable

If there’s a scheduled protest on the horizon, there’s a good chance you’ll engage in the following routine:  someone will send over a Facebook invite to register your attendance, you’ll accept, and make plans with friends or colleagues to make signs the night before (often over a bottle of wine). On the day of protest,...

Why Wasn’t I Marching?

21st January 2017, the day of the Women’s March, I was sat at home enjoying a leisurely Saturday. I was scrolling through Instagram, which was full of photos of placards, pussy hats, and masses of people taking over cities all over the world, and I could feel the pride welling up. Pride in being a...

Woman In The World: A Letter to the Boy I Could’ve Been

“Donald Trump nominates conservative Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court: America’s highest court will likely become more conservative.” … “The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on March 28 in the case of a transgender teenager from Virginia who sued his school board for the right to use the boys’ bathroom, a case that...

Woman In The World: Trump As Trans

Monday, November 7th, 2016 Two pairs of underwear, Skintight slip, & A thin black dress, resting upon the loose soil of my pointed-toe pumps (medium height, conservative but delicate). Or so I’d like to think. This is my name-change outfit, my woman-in-court robe. Today is the day I take my plunge into the dark river...

Art Is History

In the dining room of my mum’s house lives a painting, and no matter how many times I ask her to take it down, she refuses. “It is a piece of you” she says. And she is right, it is a piece of me: my journey, development, struggles, successes, emotions, many selves and a turbulent...

I’m so into EU

Ahead of tomorrow’s EU Referendum vote, Polyester regular Eleanor Hardwick shoots Philip Ellis’ recent, politically charged – and pro-remain – graduate collection, asking six London-dwellers why they believe we shouldn’t break up with the European Union. Charlotte Sykes – Member of SIREN Collective and activist. “The key thing to remember about this EU election is...

Aliens From Your Planet

👽 A short visual story by 19-year-old photographer Dmitry Comarov about a family of aliens which land on planet earth, their outlook too forward thinking & complex for the modern world. His work looks at the social & political climate of Russia & its effects on the younger generation. 👽 Photography: Dmitry Comarov. Styling: Daria Remizova. Hair...

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...

“I don’t want to make something that’s universally enjoyed.”- Reba Maybury

Walking through the Barbican café clad in an ankle length black PVC coat, emblazoned with badges that read, “tory slave” and “bollocks to austerity, tax the rich”, Reba Maybury isn’t your typical ex fashion student.

The General Election 2015- Politics and the Patriarchy

The political world is in need of a makeover. The bleak coalition conclusion of the last general election resulted in four years of false promises, rising house prices and destruction around the world. On the eve of 2015’s general election, the young female vote has never been so important.