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...

The Girl as The Loaded Gun

Through a cinematic story of analogue photographs taken by Kirsten Bode we explore the complexities of the modern Femme Fatale and challenge the power of seduction as a means of survival. ♥ Through soft inner monologues a woman growing madder in a state of disconnect to social norms in a world full of influence she seeks...

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,...

This Queer Chinese Electropop Star Is Speaking Out

Chenta Tsai aka Putochinomaricón (translated as “FuckingChineseFaggot”) is a Chinese electropop singer and musician who talks about racism and being migrant and LGBTQ+ in this homo/transphobic country that is Spain, minorities, being bullied, and pop culture. His videos are always very DIY, and he’s so charismatic. His first hit in his career was to sing...

Louise Cook: The First Woman To Gain A World Rally Championship Title

Polyester spoke to the champion few days before the beginning of the World Rally Championship season. In many countries, the road ahead is long and full of obstacles for a woman who wants to drive or to get involved in a Motorsport environment. Until September 2017, women weren’t allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. At...

Poetry For The Heartbroken

The Lie   She brought me back a lemon from Naples, So I put it in the freezer Without quite knowing why.   When the freezer broke, The lemon grew mould And I couldn’t bring myself to tell her.   Next time we met she looked at me With her citrus eyes, And I saw...

How Being A Woman Affects A Chronic Illness Diagnosis

I remember being a sick 12 year old searching the internet to understand my diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I would stumble across forums of people asking if it is a real disease, and I would angrily write long responses, trying to sound like a sophisticated adult. “Why would people fake an illness that causes...

Femmes Omitted: Wu Zetian

As controversial figures go there are few more divisive than Wu Zetian, the first and only female Emperor in the history of China. She was the concubine that rose to power, but her legacy is one of wickedness. Was one of the most powerful women in history a callous tyrant, or just another victim of...

Is Yoga A Scam?

                                  Our monthly comic from Yaga Sara is focusing on yoga: Ignorance is bliss it can be easily achieved with the help of these three asanas, suitable for beginners. Comic: Yaga Sara

Sophisticated Pervert

He has exquisitely poor taste. It’s not hard to spot a thinly-veiled affinity for the raunchy and lewd in the very way he carries himself. He’ll agree, subversion has its kicks, but indulgence is his top-priority. He’s probably the bastard son of Dorian Gray and John Waters. I’ve been calling him a “sophisticated pervert” —...

MAKE SOME NOISE: Polyester x PUSSYLIQUOR

PUSSYLIQUOR are one of the hottest new bands around, self- described as ‘unapologetic punk female power,’ the four piece from Brighton are taking no shit when it comes to making their way in the world. In the first in her monthly msuic column for Polyester, Georgia Evans caught up with lead singer Ari to talk...

LIMBO – A New Monthly Polyester Comic

Limbo is relatable for people who are in the in between stages of adulthood, this is a mainly autobiographical series about constantly going to the pub, getting with rubbish guys, dropping out of uni, etc. Comic: Maddie Cottam-Allan