💀✨ sophie strauss ✨💀

bitch city is an interview series centering female and non-binary badasses. 

  photo by aja wiley

photo by aja wiley

 

uh remember the time i started a monthly interview series and then stopped writing entirely because my biological father found me on facebook dot com and asked if my daddy issues were a result of a lifetime of his abandonment. 

haha! president of club ptsd. 

it's been six months since i've written or focused on anything creative. it's cool to step back and look at the chunks of time that have been lost to dealing with trauma, but it's cooler to leave shit in the past.  i have officially been diagnosed with ptsd and attending weekly emdr therapy sessions. the only way on is forward. see ya in hell.

it was my pleasure to interview los angeles based hottie sophie strauss to reignite this series. sophie is a musician, artist, activist, and my favorite thirst trap on instagram.  sophie strauss wore army pants and flip flops, so i bought army pants and flip flops. 

  photo by leonardo bertelli

photo by leonardo bertelli

d: fuck/marry/kill: elon musk, the zodiac killer, paul ryan

s: Isn't the Zodiac Killer scientifically Ted Cruz? Cause that makes him way less appealing. 

d: i was introduced to you online by a friend that i refer to as Queen Abortion who told me to follow your instagram because you are the Baby Thirst Trap Queen. nice. if you could abort one man who is currently in a position of power, who would you choose?

s: Ugh well Trump is like the OBVIOUS ANSWER so, no no. Hmm. Ben Shapiro? Jerry Seinfeld?

  photo by maddie cordoba

photo by maddie cordoba

d: one time a man took me to see hamilton the musical and i was so excited until i saw that he was wearing a hello kitty t-shirt to the theatre and i was like “are you planning to wear that?” and he was like “yeah, what do you want me to wear? a tuxedo?” and can you think of a time a man ruined something for you? 

s: I went on a Tinder date once with a guy who got super drunk, asked me to drive him home in his car, and then drive myself home in his car and then he'd come get his car if he could just have my address. When I told him I didn't want him to know where I lived he got really angry, almost cried, and told me I ruined the date. So....that guy ruined ruining dates for me, I guess?  

Also, someone who I can only assume is a man has been screenshotting my instagram and uploading photos of my feet to www.wikifeet.com so that man has ruined my feet for me. 

d: do you like the name sophie? do you wish everyone else named sophie would die? who is your favorite sophie? i like sophie turner from game of thrones because she fed a man alive to hungry dogs lmao. 

s: I love the name Sophie. I feel a strong kinship with everyone named Sophie because they all know the plight of having everyone think "Sophie" is your nickname and your real name is actually "Sophia" but actually your name is JUST "Sophie." My favorite Sophie is probably the OTHER Sophie Strauss, who is a porn star. I love her and thank her for all the comic material she's provided me with. (You can buy a "No, Not That Sophie Strauss" shirt or sweatshirt here).  

d: one piece of dating advice i always give people in the early stages of romance is if you want to know if someone is The One For You the next time things start to get hot turn on the song iris by the goo goo dolls and if the person reacts in any way that isn’t extremely turned on kick their ass to the curb. what kind of unsolicited advice do you like to give people? 

s: I just put on the song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls and am already turned on but it's just me and my dog in the room right now so I'll let you know how it goes. I tell anyone who is going to New York to eat a Levain cookie. Sometimes I tell that to people who aren't going to New York. 

d: what’s your favorite food. i like pizza roll (cheese only). 

s: French fries. I eat them almost every day, I think.  

  photo by aja wiley

photo by aja wiley

d. in the 8th grade i lost my virginity to a boy in high school and my male friends were mad at me for having sex with someone who wasn’t them and kept calling me a slut in mr. banda’s science class and i got fed the fuck up so told the teacher and he sent us to the guidance counselor and the guidance counselor heard us all out and came to the conclusion that the appropriate action was that i had to go home and tell my mom that i had sex with an older man and if i didn’t then she would call my mom the next day and have her come to the school and we’d all talk about my having sex together so i went home and told my mom and she took me to the guy’s house and told his dad we can’t have sex anymore and then i died the end. you die and go to hell: set the scene for us. 

s: I'm stuck in traffic for something I definitely left irresponsibly late for but am blaming the traffic for my tardiness and my phone is dying and a man in the back seat is telling me to quit my background apps and then I remember the event I'm late for is actually a 24-hour screening of my Omegle history for my friends and family. 

d: yoko ono follows me on twitter (lmao) and today she posted this: “It's hard to forgive, but it is better to forgive, so you won't be carrying bad vibes yourself.” i feel like there are two types of people in the world: people who live free and live laugh love and people i don’t hate. please describe two types of people in this world kind of like i did but you make a new one up. 

s: There are people actively and constantly addressing extremely prevalent racial inequality and there are racists. 

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There are people actively and constantly addressing extremely prevalent racial inequality and there are racists. 

d: i also don’t like people who use those weird flavored popcorn salts at the movie theatre. be honest, do you use the flavored popcorn salt? 

s: No. If I need my popcorn to taste like anything but popcorn I just pour Tabasco on it. 

 tabasco tastes like sour asshole and i cannot condone the use of it on popcorn but this photo is hot/  photo by olivia mcmanus

tabasco tastes like sour asshole and i cannot condone the use of it on popcorn but this photo is hot/ photo by olivia mcmanus

d: the last movie i saw was “won’t you be my neighbor?” and it was great but i actually want to talk about jurassic world 2. a new dinosaur is genetically engineered to be the ultimate soldier and then there is a dinosaur auction in a mansion and in several scenes chris pratt runs faster than dinosaurs and automobiles. the soldier dinosaur is trained to follow a laser and attack wherever the laser is pointing. the money behind the monster says, “humans have always used animals in war. horses, elephants, why not dinosaurs?” this movie has real Big Dick Energy. who is your fav BDE. 

s: I find BDE extremely stressful. My dog Dudley has the most BDE of any being in history.  

 sophie seen at the march for our lives rally in downtown la, exhibiting major BDE wtf

sophie seen at the march for our lives rally in downtown la, exhibiting major BDE wtf

d: let’s not beat around the bush you post a lot of cool pictures on instagram and always have the best t-shirts. i then search online for the t-shirt you are wearing and buy it and hope you don’t see the photos i post of me wearing the same shirt you were wearing because i don’t want you to know i am single white femaling you. sometimes i think if i don’t like the photo of you wearing the shirt then there is plausible deniability that i am copying you but i am not a coward so i like the photo. which shirt will you buy next that i will buy next? 

s: I started hand-painting "don't sexualize me; i'm sexual" shirts that really didn't take off and basically no one wanted them. I still love them and will make you one. Otherwise, I wore this shirt this week that feels like your style

d: here’s a fun game: my dogs are standing on the railroad tracks and you notice a train full speed ahead but my dogs have their headphones on and aren’t moving and you can only save one. which of my dogs do you let die? 

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d: here is a fun game

my dogs are standing on the railroad tracks and you notice a train full speed ahead but my dogs have their headphones on and aren’t moving and you can only save one. which of my dogs do you let die? 

 

 

 

 

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s: Probably Sally  

only cause it seems like Marvin gets more social media attention so I feel more connected to him.

side note: THIS FEEL LIKE A PERSONAL ATTACK. sally does not like having her photo taken and i respect a woman's right to choose. 

d: what were my dogs listening to on their headphones when the train was coming and you could only save one? pick a song for each. 

s: marvin: "Roses" by Carly Rae Jepsen / sally:  "You Suck" by the Murmurs 

d: now one of my dogs is dead and i am sad but it is important to remember that our time on this planet is precious and valuable. as carl sagan once said, “you only live once.” name one more man you’d abort if you could.

s: WOOOOOODY ALLEN ! 

my kink is people who want to abort woody allen AMEN GOD BLESS

 

Sophie Strauss is a musician from Los Angeles.  At 24 years old, Sophie’s music is both warm and biting. She juxtaposes lush synths against sharp, organic percussion and her intimate vocals that bring you into her tense, glistening world. She is aggressively opinionated, girly, queer, shameless, and self-deprecating and her songwriting is as comfortable with discomfort as she is. 

Sophie released the first song "Text" off of her upcoming debut full-length album, Hard Study, which comes out this fall.