Charlie Craggs is our First Guest Editor

My names Charlie Craggs, and I’m officially your unofficial new editor…for a little while. I’m basically the transgender version of Ione gamble though, see photo, so hopefully the change won’t be too hard for you to adapt to. But yeah, I’m Polyester’s first ever guest editor, so hi. For those of you who don’t have a clue who I...

Femmes Omitted: Nellie Bly: The Girl Puzzle

As women, we know the feeling of outrage when our entire existence is reduced to archetypal gender norms: a man telling you to get back to the kitchen, to smile as if you exist for his gratification only, what you can and can’t do with your own body. That outrage, and that fire, is the...

Cherry Stain And Albumen

This project was a way to vent years of fear and anger about menstruating. Age 11, when my period began, I experienced the same detachment from my bleeding body which was now, apparently, a female body, with guilt and shame in every ounce of blood. But I never dwelt on the disparity between the importance...

She Twists, She Falls

At First I was 14 or so. I was at an army family barbecue on the Cotter River in Canberra. A small child darted in front of me. I was already in motion and the small person interrupted my pace. My feet halted but the top part of me kept going. I crumpled over my...