168 episodes

Ever needed vindication in liking a Jojo Siwa song? Wanted to feel validated in hating Saltburn? Follow Polyester’s head hags Ione Gamble and Gina Tonic on their journey picking apart the internet’s obsessions - girlhood anyone? - through a pop culture informed feminist lens. 
The Polyester Podcast has hosted guests like Euphoria’s Chloe Cherry and Priscilla costume designer Stacey Battat, has come to you live from the Tate and the Barbican, and delivers a new episode every Monday taking on that week’s discourse with the kind of cultural commentary that makes ya laugh over your matcha on your first commute of the week.
Hosted by Editor in Chief Ione Gamble with Senior Editor Gina Tonic. Edited by Olivia Graham. Have faith in your own bad taste!
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The Polyester Podcast The Polyester Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 221 Ratings

Ever needed vindication in liking a Jojo Siwa song? Wanted to feel validated in hating Saltburn? Follow Polyester’s head hags Ione Gamble and Gina Tonic on their journey picking apart the internet’s obsessions - girlhood anyone? - through a pop culture informed feminist lens. 
The Polyester Podcast has hosted guests like Euphoria’s Chloe Cherry and Priscilla costume designer Stacey Battat, has come to you live from the Tate and the Barbican, and delivers a new episode every Monday taking on that week’s discourse with the kind of cultural commentary that makes ya laugh over your matcha on your first commute of the week.
Hosted by Editor in Chief Ione Gamble with Senior Editor Gina Tonic. Edited by Olivia Graham. Have faith in your own bad taste!
Support our work and become a Polyester Podcast member 3
Polyester is a self published, intersectional feminist arts and culture publication aiming to bridge the gap of URL cyberfeminism with the IRL world.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Why Is Everyone 'Neurospicy' Now? On The Individualisation Of Neurodivergence Online

    Why Is Everyone 'Neurospicy' Now? On The Individualisation Of Neurodivergence Online

    Is it five signs you may have ADHD or is it five vague symptoms that could be applicable to anyone? In this week's episode, Ione and Gina are diving into the way that TikTok - and the internet in general - has made being neurodivergent a personality trait, a subculture and a community in and of itself. The pair look at the pros and cons of sharing information on having a condition, how this affects wider society and whether or not we should be worrying about the uptick in social media users centring their lives around being neurospicy.
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    Order Ione's book, Poor Little Sick Girls, here!
    A statement by journalists: We condemn Israel's killing of journalists in Gaza and urge integrity in Western media coverage of Israel's atrocities against Palestinians.
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    • 26 min
    Blockout2024 And How Social Media Gamified Political Issues

    Blockout2024 And How Social Media Gamified Political Issues

    Following the luxury of the Met Gala - and one influencer's mistimed 'Let Them Eat Cake" lip synch - the internet is demanding action from the celebrity class in response to the ongoing genocide in Palestine. The #BlockOut2024 encourages social media users to block celebrities and cut short their income streams until they voice their opinion on the conflict - but is this a useful form of activism or just virtue signalling from people hoping to win the game of social media? This week Ione and Gina are getting into the pros and cons of digital activism, celeb altruism and the internet's dilution of what it means to be politically active.
    Support our work and become a Polyester Podcast member 3
    Order Ione's book, Poor Little Sick Girls, here!
    A statement by journalists: We condemn Israel's killing of journalists in Gaza and urge integrity in Western media coverage of Israel's atrocities against Palestinians.
    Have an opinion and want to be featured on an upcoming episode? We want to hear from YOU! Leave a review, send us your thoughts on this episode to ione@polyesterzine.com, or drop us a DM on Instagram

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    • 29 min
    Polyamory - Empowering Or Embarrassing?

    Polyamory - Empowering Or Embarrassing?

    The day has finally come, the question has been asked and our hosts are ready to tackle the query of a generation: Why is everyone polyamorous now? Taking into account everything from the free love movement to tax breaks for married couples, Ione and Gina get to the bottom of why some people find a bad taste in their mouths in non monogamy discourse.
    Support our work and become a Polyester Podcast member 3
    Order Ione's book, Poor Little Sick Girls, here!
    A statement by journalists: We condemn Israel's killing of journalists in Gaza and urge integrity in Western media coverage of Israel's atrocities against Palestinians.
    Have an opinion and want to be featured on an upcoming episode? We want to hear from YOU! Leave a review, send us your thoughts on this episode to ione@polyesterzine.com, or drop us a DM on Instagram

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    • 33 min
    AI Girlfriends are Here to Turn us into Baby Making Machines

    AI Girlfriends are Here to Turn us into Baby Making Machines

    Recently, Twitter was set ablaze by another creepy move by the incel community: AI generated women to have sex with while pumping into a boxed fleshlight. The viral video, which promises to put an end to declining birth rates, has sparked debates on the morality of combining intimacy with AI; and in this week's episode, Ione and Gina are getting into the root of it all. Is it gamification? Is it fetish content? And what does gene warfare even mean?
    Support our work and become a Polyester Podcast member 3
    Order Ione's book, Poor Little Sick Girls, here!
    A statement by journalists: We condemn Israel's killing of journalists in Gaza and urge integrity in Western media coverage of Israel's atrocities against Palestinians.
    Have an opinion and want to be featured on an upcoming episode? We want to hear from YOU! Leave a review, send us your thoughts on this episode to ione@polyesterzine.com, or drop us a DM on Instagram

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    • 28 min
    Baby Reindeer And How Social Media Has Made Sociopaths Of Us All

    Baby Reindeer And How Social Media Has Made Sociopaths Of Us All

    It's been less than three weeks since Netflix dropped the true crime, true story drama Baby Reindeer and the discourse surrounding the show feels inescapable. As internet sleuths take it upon themselves to wreak vigilante justice on the real life people the series was based on, those who know Richard Gadd - the writer and star of Baby Reindeer - suffer the consequences. Is it a failure in safeguarding or a marketing ploy? Is this the final form of parasocial relationships? In this week's episode Ione and Gina are picking apart how social media's obsession with true crime has truly killed any kind of empathy and nuance we have for one another.
    Support our work and become a Polyester Podcast member 3
    Order Ione's book, Poor Little Sick Girls, here!
    A statement by journalists: We condemn Israel's killing of journalists in Gaza and urge integrity in Western media coverage of Israel's atrocities against Palestinians.
    Have an opinion and want to be featured on an upcoming episode? We want to hear from YOU! Leave a review, send us your thoughts on this episode to ione@polyesterzine.com, or drop us a DM on Instagram

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    • 29 min
    Chappell Roan, Jojo Siwa And How Lesbians Took Over Pop Music

    Chappell Roan, Jojo Siwa And How Lesbians Took Over Pop Music

    The second weekend of Coachella has confirmed it: Chappell Roan is the lesbian pop star the world has been waiting for. Roan is one of a generation of pop girlies paving the way for sapphic representation in the mainstream - from Jojo Siwa to Renee Rap, we are truly in a queer woman power hour for music. In this week's episode, Ione and Gina break down what is so appealing about Roan's output, whether queer visibility is a good thing and why the culture has been longing for explicitly lesbian lyricism.
    Support our work and become a Polyester Podcast member 3
    Order Ione's book, Poor Little Sick Girls, here!
    A statement by journalists: We condemn Israel's killing of journalists in Gaza and urge integrity in Western media coverage of Israel's atrocities against Palestinians.
    Have an opinion and want to be featured on an upcoming episode? We want to hear from YOU! Leave a review, send us your thoughts on this episode to ione@polyesterzine.com, or drop us a DM on Instagram

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 Ratings

bethany883 ,

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(Not sorry can’t spell or gramma k)

Sometimes the learning stuff leaves me bitter. This show was recommended by a friend, ‘stef with an f’. She reminded me that there were great thinkers out there with backed up facts in their conversations and centred views despite the thoughts and conversations challenging the sometimes negative aspects of woman-ness and the world. I’m binging the podcast, currently on my fifth episode, so far it has felt like a total validation party, whilst also being like a warm hug too. I have more hope for life that I did going in. So grateful for your work it’s rockstar 💚

Clare 🫶🏻 ,

I’m hooked 🫶🏻

Love listening to Ione and Gina chat about the latest social topics, pop culture and more serious or feminist issues etc on the pod. Their dialogue is fun, insightful and offers a critical perspective on thought provoking issues with just the right amount of context and detail behind every (well-researched!!) item! I really look forward to listening every Monday on my silly little walks for my silly little mental health, plus Gina has a really calming, relaxing voice that makes me feel 🧘🏻‍♀️ keep up the good work girls!

Hannah Crosbie ,

Hannah Crosbie

One of my favourite cultural commentary podcasts, each week, Ione and Gina are magically there to bring a fresh perspective and bless my ears.

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