Meet the Clitbait Team: an interview with Lilah Hyman, co-founder
Name, Pronouns and Role:
Lilah Hyman (she/her), Co-founder
When I was little I used to dress up as a dog, eat shreddies out of a bowl on the floor and cock my leg to pretend to wee at lampposts.
What does intersectional feminism mean to you?
Intersectional feminism is an action. It is acknowledging, stepping back, listening and learning. It is acknowledging privilege. It is knowing when to step back to allow someone else’s voice to be heard. It is listening to each other’s stories and learning from them. It is then striving to do better. It is a gorgeous, vibrant and diverse community. I believe it is what all feminism should be.
What is your favourite thing about Clitbait?
Watching and experiencing Clitbait grow! Watching more people join, new projects happen, our first big event be a success and every time we receive a new submission! Each time I get such a rush. We call it feminist energy.
What inspires you?
Big ideas and big hearts. So many women, trans and non-binary people I know are making a difference in innovative and inspiring ways, whilst balancing so much and still being unapologetically themselves! I have asked friends many a time how the hell they are managing so much at once. Laila is definitely one of those friends. She does not just talk about what she believes in, she acts.
What things do you do outside Clitbait that you are proud of?
I am very passionate about refugee rights, partly because my grandma was a refugee herself. Recently, I have become part of Refugee Community Kitchen’s Edinburgh branch, who are starting up a food distribution for homeless and displaced people in Edinburgh. It is a wonderful team doing wonderful things and I feel honoured to be part of it.
A guilty feminist confession?
I’m a feminist but… I got my partner (a cis-man, I know!) make the Clitbait website!
A personal feminist triumph?
Giving less of a sh*t. Channeling effort and love into the people and ideas I care about rather than that one snide comment, sexist action or awkward social dynamic. It is an ongoing process, definitely not a triumph just yet.