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Sophie Edelhart

Sophie Edelhart is a senior at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco. Outside of school, she serves on the San Francisco Youth Commission, a body of seventeen young people who advise the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on issues affecting youth in the city. Sophie is also a complete culture nerd, so when she's not at school or City Hall, you'll likely find her reading, watching movies, listening to podcasts, or browsing political blogs.

Blog Posts

Sophie Edelhart, Cropped

Read My Lips

Sophie Edelhart

When I wrote my first piece for Rising Voices, it was about an experience I had in Israel. It was about the moment I realized what kind of Jew I wanted to be, not compromising any cosmopolitan feminist part of myself for my religion. When I posted the piece on Facebook, someone told me that they totally understood what I meant and often felt the same way. It was among the highest compliments I’ve ever received.

Topics: Writing
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer

For Women in Comedy, A New Jewish Voice

Sophie Edelhart

Jewish women are having a moment. At the end of 2014, Flavorwire published an article entitled “2014 Was—Secretly—The Year of the Jewish Woman.” It profiled Jewish women who made news in culture in the past year: Abbi Glazer and Ilana Jacobson of the Comedy Central show Broad City, Jill Soloway, the writer of the groundbreaking show Transparent,  and Jenny Slate, the comedian who starred in the romantic comedy Obvious Child, among others. 

Topics: Television, Comedy
A Censored Passage From a Book

Recording History, Warts and All

Sophie Edelhart

So, when prompted with the question, “Which piece of culture would you like history to forget?” I truly couldn’t think of anything. To willingly want to erase a historical cultural record really shows no regard for history at all. The culture we create is a reflection of our values during that period. Books, movies, TV, music, are the most compelling historical records we have of the mood of a society, and this includes the ugly parts. 

Topics: Jewish History
Andrew Sullivan at his Wedding

Know Hope: Learning Civil Rights with Andrew Sullivan

Sophie Edelhart

Andrew Sullivan came into my life when I entered high school. At that time, he was writing a blog for the Daily Beast called “The Dish” and I read it Every. Single. Day. He wrote about politics in Washington, the Iraq War, different facets of American culture, conservatism, Christianity. But what he is best known for his role in the fight for same sex marriage.      

Topics: LGBTQIA Rights
Frustrated Girl

Advertising Is Advertising Is Advertising

Sophie Edelhart

Advertising is advertising is advertising. I will preach this from the mountaintops. When people talk about the cultural ramifications of “feminist” advertising, I have to roll my eyes a little bit. Advertising has one main goal: to sell people things. The methods employed to make people buy  these things might change but advertising is not deep, it’s not intellectual, and frankly, I don’t think it’s all that important.

Topics: Feminism
Emma Goldman, 1886

Trying To Be The Iconoclast

Sophie Edelhart

It is telling that the when you Google “anarchy”, two definitions come up: one that calls it a “state of disorder” and the other, “a political ideal.” But in my mind, to paraphrase Ellen Willis, anarchy is not a violent rebellion but an overhaul of societal consciousness. I find it more compelling now to be a critic, of everything, because to live critically is to live truthfully.

Doc Martens

“ . . . So Then I Started Wearing Army Pants and Flip Flops”

Sophie Edelhart

It was sixth grade when I started to feel like a child among women. Up until that point my wardrobe had consisted mostly of gaucho pants, t-shirts, and Converse sneakers, which suited my perfectly boyish body. But the dreaded halls of middle school eventually caught up with me and walking into school the first day I was caught up in a flurry of flowery perfume, tight leggings clung to early curves, lip gloss, and straightened hair flipping over shoulders. Hormones were raging and silly crushes became relationships while“hook up” was introduced into my vocabulary.      

Betty Friedan

"The Problem That Has No Name," Then and Now

Sophie Edelhart

Betty Friedan would end up being best known as the mother of second-wave feminism.

Sophie Edelhart at the Western Wall

Not Just A Jew, Not Just A Feminist

Sophie Edelhart

I want people cheering me on for what I am, not just a Jew, not just a feminist, but forever and always both.

Topics: Feminism

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