One In Five Project

I was raped in 2014. I struggled to function in everyday situations, leaving my flat in London was difficult and the only place I felt safe was my bedroom, I grew confidence to be able to go to university and be in the darkroom printing for hours and hours on end. I started drinking a...

Behind Patriarchy Looms The Spectre Of Tacky Lesbianism

There’s a specter haunting patriarchal beauty standards: the specter of tacky lesbianism. For the purpose of this article, I am going to self-identify as a someone who is: nonbinary butch a lesbian, and (in this case, most importantly) habitually tacky.   I am not going to attempt to define tacky lesbianism in this article, as...

On Subjectivity & What We Call Bipolar

There is no contesting the very real ways that Moods have molded me. Mania has marked my life with heightened creativity, incredible sensitivity, and boundless energy; the madness that follows has brought broken hearts, financial worries, totaled cars, and disordered eating. It has, oh so often, been the gates to depression which pulls me out...

The Jennifer Lawrence Effect

Did you catch [insert any late night talk show]? Spoiler: it involved another slim, probably white, cisgender star sharing quirky anecdotes about their “awkward” adolescence. We need to talk about the celebrity identity crisis. Sure, it’s a little late to challenge the concept of celebrity idolization, but just because we’re image-obsessed skin bags doomed to...

Dicktionary: Frute

Words we wish were in the Oxford English Dictionary, but for now the Polyester Dicktionary will have to do. frute\ [froot] \ adj frut∙er: frut∙est A frute is someone who dresses or displays behaviours that are a combination of funky and cute. 1: CUTE, FUNKY, PRETTY, ATTRACTIVE,FUN, AMAZING, ADORABLE, SWEET, COOL. That coat looks so...

Dicktionary: NFI

Words we wish were in the Oxford English Dictionary, but for now the Polyester Dicktionary will have to do.