Meet the Clitbait Team: an interview with Sophia, Environment Writer…
Name, pronouns and role:
Sophia (she/her), Environment Writer
I am currently knitting a scarf with colours inspired by a recent trip to the Shetland Islands 🙂
What does intersectional feminism mean to you?
To me, it’s an approach underpinning how I view the world and the different issues that come up. It means understanding these through interrogating the power structures that produce how we live in and experience the world- and working to dismantle them. It means trying to believe the best in others when I have the capacity to do so, because they are probably just trying to survive capitalism in their own ways (but not letting their exploitative choices go silently).
It also means not centring myself in this process because ultimately, the goal is to build a community over personal activism.
What is your favourite thing about Clitbait?
The way it brings lots of different issues, people, and experiences together into one place. There is power and hope communicated through an interlinked digital archive. I also love that Clitbait is about celebrating creativity- not just what we often think of as ‘activist work.’
What inspires you?
People who do things from a place of love. There is nothing wrong with doing things for work or other necessities, but I love seeing whatever it is that makes someone tick. The wackier the better.
What things do you do outside Clitbait that you are proud of?
I work on children’s participation in environmental politics through creative research methods. I really love the joy and fun involved. I also LOVE climbing- it would be cool to combine feminist activism and climbing over my year with Clitbait!
A feminist confession?
I love textiles and fashion- I am easily tempted by new brightly coloured clothes in the Scottish weather! I try my best to knit and sew my own things where I can, but it can be pretty hard when you work full time.
A personal feminist triumph?
I campaigned in a former workplace for formal recognition of our workers’ union until it finally happened after a year of hard work. Over half the staff, mainly in traditionally women’s care work, were on temporary agency contracts until the union supported us to change this.