Five Questions for a Feminist: Sophie Whitecross

Throughout 2017, we are introducing our followers to members of the One Woman Project team. Here we have Sophie Whitecross.

What is your name and role with the One Woman Project?

My name is Sophie Whitecross and I’m a member of the Queensland Workshop Facilitator team.

What does feminism mean to you?

For me, feminism means dismantling the current societal expectations and pressures that disadvantage women. It’s ensuring equality of opportunity for everyone regardless of their gender. It’s considering how other issues such as racism or transphobia can impact someone’s experience of gender and sexism. Most importantly, it’s about creating a better world for people of any gender.

Why are you a feminist?

I feel like I was born a feminist. I honestly don’t remember when I first encountered the word, but it was never one that was ‘dirty’ or ‘taboo’ for me to associate with. My parents are both feminists, and very outspokenly so, and my siblings and I have been around and able to participate in conversations about feminism our whole lives. In fact, all of my siblings (the youngest of whom is seven) consider themselves feminists. For me, it has always made sense to support equality and growing up and having to witness discrimination firsthand has just further cemented in my mind that people need to take action to change the world for the better.

What is your biggest focus within the movement towards global gender equality?

It’s extremely difficult to pick one thing to focus on. I am quite interested in human sexuality, so I suppose for me my main focuses are related to that. I think it’s incredibly important to end rape culture and reform legal systems that don’t criminalise things like marital rape. I also think it’s important to provide protections for sex workers, and dismantle the systems that force women to enter that line of work against their will, either through trafficking or economic circumstances.

If there was one feminist resource you wish everyone would read or view, what would it be?

Everyone should just read more poetry in general, and so I would recommend the poems and memoirs of Maya Angelou. I would also recommend The Paper Bag Princess, the most important feminist fairy-tale of my childhood.