It’s only June and 2015 has already seen huge waves of media coverage and public education on sexuality and socially constructed gender norms, thanks to a number of big name celeb who’ve stepped up as proud representatives for the LGBTQ community.
Orange Is The New Black’s breakout starlet Ruby Rose is the latest face to school the common people about androgyny and sexual fluidity. Not only is her OITNB character, Stella Carlin, getting a lot of attention from the horny inmates at Litchfield, she’s also giving the warm and fuzzies to the show’s hetero female audience.
The Aussie actress – who is also model and DJ – recently sat down with Elle to dish about gender fluidity, which is becoming a hot topic of debate within heteronormative culture.
“For the most part, I definitely don’t identify as any gender. I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one,” she says. “So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which – in my perfect imagination – is like having the best of both sexes.”
Gender fluidity is not anything new to the LGBTQ community, and many individuals who identify as queer don’t feel the need to restrict themselves to one orientation, both in how they identify and in who they want to get down and dirty with.
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Yes, gender fluidity can be a little confusing because humans are naturally inclined to assign labels to people in order to better understand them. But thanks to amazing gender-bending models like Rose – as well as two of the LGBTQ’s most famous faces, Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner – the heterosexual community is slowly wrapping its head around the concept and (drum role, please) accepting it!
Public figures like Rose, Cox and Jenner are amazing civic educators because they embody gender fluidity. Yes, it’s possible to be sexually attracted to both men and women but not identify as either gender; it’s totally a thing to live in a man’s body and identify as a woman, and still be heterosexual; and it’s completely realistic to undergo female-to-male transition and want to get all up on the ladies.
It may not makes sense right away, but it totally does if you don’t think too hard about it.
And to get more insight into this important issue, take a look at Rose’s 2014 short film that she wrote, produced and starred in. In her own words, she says the film is about “gender roles, Trans, and what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo.”
(If you can’t get enough of Rose, be sure to check out her in the 2013 flick, Around The Block, with Christina Ricci).
Ashley Spegel has been writing all the words as a part-time, Toronto-based freelance writer since 2008, following her graduation from Ryerson’s School of Journalism. With a strong passion for written communication, she has been spreading the good word through various online media, touching on a wide range of topics including celebrity gossip, health and beauty and citywide events.
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