Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

Sofia Zettermark

About Me: 

Feminism because it gives me tools to understand and change an unjust world.

Justice because it is a word that needs to be associated with the struggles and experiences of young women, and not only the "big" and "neutral" world where male interests dominate.

Hair bows because they represent to me all that is girly, empowering and norm-breaking. I want to show the world that little girls with bows in their hair have as much to say as grown med in suits.

I am a Swedish girl in her early twenties who is majoring in gender studies and like to win discussions. I also enjoy analyzing commercials, drinking Chinese tea from tiny cups, walking under umbrellas while the rain pours down and engaging in political struggles. I have run a feminist blog for two years where I discuss issues like self esteem, norm-breaking, dealing with anti-feminist arguments, trans politics and the right to be heard.

I am a member of the Swedish feminist party (we have one, yes!) and the local LGBTQ-organisation. My notion of womanhood and femininity is fluent, it is an even on-going process of representation which bear real implications in the world, and I believe that gender is self-identified.

I live in an intersection of two worlds. Because of the way I look (the bows, remember) and behave (I had a privileged childhood) I fit in very well with in the hetereonormative rules, including their class and race implications, of mainstream
society. But what these rules don't see at first sight soon become apparent. To identify as bisexual and have a transsexual girlfriend is not easy, even in a country like Sweden. I love my queer community, as well as my normative friends, and I feel very much my self in both worlds. But at the same time I never quite fit any of these environments perfectly. Something disturbs the harmony as these world try to live side by side in me and the intersection is the only space left. A difficult, bewildering state, but one which never ceases to give me new insights and experiences.

My Passions: 
Feminism, lgbtq-politics, justice, writing and hair bows
My Challenges: 
Being heard in a patriarchal society, which does everything in it's power to silence people like me
My Vision for the Future: 
My vision is a world where girls are never afraid and the variety of personalities and interests that exist among can be expressed, instead of forced in to one of two categories.
My Areas of Expertise: 
Blogging, Gender studies, Swedish trans politics, Feminism
My Languages: 
Other, English (German)

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

Mkandeh's picture

Ebola: Sierra Leoneans feel like prisoners

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

EMAGAZINE: Bridging Borders

EMAGAZINE: Bridging Borders

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative