Meet the CB team: Sylvie Dulson

Meet the Clitbait Team: an interview with Sylvie Dulson, Society & Community Writer

Name, Pronouns and Role:

Sylvie Dulson (she/her), Society and Community Writer

Fun Fact:

I wrote my whole dissertation on female sexual self-restraint in the early twentieth century which required me to do a lot of reading on the history of sex. So, I can now proudly say I’m a historian of the female orgasm.  

What does intersectional feminism mean to you?

To me, it simply means being empathetic to women and people who have suffered forms of discrimination that I have never (and probably will never) experience. Being able to recognise when to take a seat and uplift marginalised voices is a key part of making feminism a truly impactful force against all manners of oppression, including the forms that aren’t specific to just my experience. 

What is your favourite thing about Clitbait?

Having the opportunity and freedom to write about the things that feel the most important to me, whilst simultaneously having the feedback of a group of people that are so supportive and open. It makes the writing itself a much less daunting process. Also, the blog itself is so pretty. Which I love. 

What inspires you?

My friends! It’s incredibly cliché and probably a bit soppy, but surrounding myself with a predominately female friendship group throughout my life has given me enough content to fuel any writing I want to do for the next ten years. The conversations and experiences I’ve had with my pals has absolutely morphed me into the person I am and they’ve informed the values I hold. Most of these conversations are not even all that academic (unless you count ‘Never Have I Ever’ as a feminist debate). It’s simply just being able to exist shamelessly as a woman alongside other women that’s been my biggest inspiration.

What things do you do outside Clitbait that you are proud of?

I currently work for a little airfield that has a ton of vintage planes that still fly. I know absolutely nothing about planes, so it’s been a bit of learning curve, but it’s pretty rewarding to indulge the nerdier part of my brain that’s obsessed with very niche elements of history. 

A guilty feminist confession?

‘Shake That’ by Eminem ft Nate Dogg was my second most played song of 2021. It’s arguably one of the most misogynistic songs ever written, but it’s an absolute bop and it’s played at every pres. 

A personal feminist triumph?

Being less body-conscious! I was a very self-conscious teenager, as we probably all were, but it wasn’t until recently that I felt like I was genuinely more comfortable in my own skin and accepting of a body that didn’t look like my 14-year- old self. It’s a lot more fun like this, so would definitely recommend the whole body positivity thing to a friend.