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Reclaiming Femme Identity: A Conversation with Polyester Zine


To mark International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month NOW Gallery has invited feminist publication and arts and culture platform Polyester Zine to take over our Instagram feed and host our very first Instagram Live event. 

Founder and Editor in Chief Ione Gamble will be joined by Polyester podcast co-host Olivia Graham to discuss ‘maligned femininity’, in other words, behaviours often negatively stereotyped as femme such as gossip, being sensitive or jealousy. They’ll delve into how these traits manifest themselves and explore how we can go about reclaiming them. This is an open conversation, and we would love for your experiences of maligned femininity to shape the exchange. To get involved please submit your stories or examples via email or DM and we’ll pass them on to Ione and Olivia before the event. To tune into simply click the ‘Watch Here’ button at 6.30pm on 8th March which will take you to our Instagram page or join directly from your Instagram app on the day.


About Polyester Zine

Polyester is one of London’s leading, independently published, feminist identity and culture publications. Published biannually, the print magazine runs alongside a regularly updated online platform, the bi-weekly Polyester Podcast and semi-regular events such as curated exhibitions, panels and launch parties.  

Currently on its tenth edition Polyester has featured work by, and profiled, some of the leading voices in contemporary culture including Tavi Gevinson, Cupcakke, Miranda July, Ash Sarkar, Viv Albertine, Aimee Lou Wood, Polly Nor, Sateen Pussy Riot, Cherry Glazerr, Anna Biller, and more. 

Polyester works with some of the most exciting voices across journalism, illustration, music and photography counting Chloe Sheppard, Maisie Cousins, Dream Wife, Arvida Bystrom, Hobbes Ginsberg, Scarlett Carlos Clarke, Parker Day and many others as contributors.

They’ve worked with brands and organisations such as Melissa Shoes, Collusion, Converse, Nike, Lovebox Festival, Tate Modern and The BFI on commercial sponsorships, partnerships, events, and collaborations. Selected press for the publication includes i-D, Dazed, The Guardian, Style Bubble, Huck, Broadly, Refinery29, Bustle, British Vogue, NYLON. 

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