Meet the self-proclaimed Trans Deamon

Charlie Craggs selects three Trans sisters to talk to whilst decorating their nails for #Nailit #NailsTransphobia campaign. Meet Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley the self-proclaimed Trans Deamon. Danielle a.k.a Ladydangfua  I’m a black trans artist working in animation and sound in order to unpack living as a trans body. As well as dreaming of a physical archive which...

What it’s like having Gender Dysmorphia

As a part of Charlie Craggs takeover, she has selected Lucia Blake who runs Transmissions, a club night and support group which acts as a response to the unpleasant and unprecedented rise of the “TERF” movement, to speak on what its like to have Gender Dysphoria.   So recently (after copious amounts of gin) I revealed...

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...

Exploring the Long History Between Women and Pills

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...

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...

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...

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...

India’s Gaze On Women: Priyanka Shah

It’s hard to be a woman in India. From birth many suffer the consequence of gender hierarchy, where baby boys take the top spot in many families as they are considered both good luck and a blessing. As a female you’re at a disadvantage in society before you’ve even started your life. With a more...

The Performance Artist Exorcizing Her Demons On Stage

Celeste XXX is something that I have created as a rebellion towards conventional views of art, music, and the female form. XXX meaning sexually explicit or provocative content XXX meaning poison “punk” does not have to have a distorted fast pace guitar and angry vocals and pop does not have to be a mainstream thing....

Not Yours

Not Yours is an interpretation of femininity and the unattainable ideals imposed upon women. Using the untraditional medium of 3D, my images aim to scrutinise the role of the internet and its desire to be aesthetically perfect. Through whimsical colour and texture, Bambi moulds glamorous dreamscapes and scenarios. 3D art: Bambi Kirschner

SACROSANCT

I have always found solace in intimate moments alone or with a girlfriend in our rooms, it’s a strong part of what makes up me, and I wanted to display this closeness through my images. Most of my time as a teenager has been spent in scenes like this one. I wanted to portray something...

Computer Magic, Ordinary Life Video Premiere

Polyester are proud to host the British premiere the video for Computer Magic’s newest video, Ordinary Life (Message From an A.I. Girlfriend.) Ordinary Life is a synthesis between a neon gilded sci-fi universe and a raw feminist display of confidence and sexuality. Delving into the inevitable development of Artificial Intelligence and their sentience – Computer Magic...