Hollywood is often eons ahead of the rest of society when it comes to social issues. Take sexuality: starlets like Kristen Stewart, who recently refused to define herself as gay, straight, bisexual, or otherwise, are building completely different ideas about love and sex.
That message: quit trying to put sexuality in a neat box.
Stewart gave an interview recently with Nylon, in which she was asked about her sexual orientation. The question isn’t really an appropriate one, but Kristen recently traded her Twilight co-star, Robert Pattinson, for visual-effects producer Alicia Cargile, sparking some curiosity.
When asked to explain herself, Kristen pretty much refused, according to the Daily Beast.
“If you feel like you really want to define yourself, and you have the ability to articulate those parameters and that in itself defines you, then do it. But I am an actress, man. I live in the f**king ambiguity of this life and I love it. I don’t feel like it would be true for me to be like, ‘I’m coming out!’ No, I do a job. Until I decide that I’m starting a foundation or that I have some perspective or opinion that other people should be receiving … I don’t.”
And later, Stewart said something that seems to be a bit of trend in young Hollywood these days, especially among women. Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, Amber Heard, and Ruby Rose have taken a similar view, E! Online added.
“I think in three or four years, there are going to be a whole lot more people who don’t think it’s necessary to figure out if you’re gay or straight … just do your thing,” Stewart declared.
“Old-school, rigid labels” are apparently becoming a thing of the past, the Beast added. While plenty of celebs still make a point of coming out and declaring which gender they love, Kristen and those like her are pretty much saying that coming out isn’t necessary and sexual preference doesn’t need to define anyone anymore.
It’s an idea that really hasn’t caught on yet outside of Hollywood, though, as E! pointed out. Society is more apt to believe people like Kristen Stewart are just wishy-washy, confused, or desperate for attention.
But one expert — Dr. Chris Donaghue — said Kristen’s viewpoint is actually more close to the way humans actually behave naturally.
“Fluid sexuality is a more current and inclusive term which speaks to an individual’s sexual orientation that is open and changing … and may lean more heavily towards one gender while open to all genders. I hope to see more people identifying as fluid both in sexuality and gender, because most of us are.”
Miley Cyrus has said similar things to Kristen Stewart, and has likewise switched between boyfriends and girlfriends easily and without apology. She’s said before that as long as sex doesn’t involve animals, children, or rape, she’s open to it: “Yo, I’m down with any adult—anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”
The boys are a little more tight-lipped about their sexuality and whether or not they are quite as open as the girls. James Franco is about the closest Hollywood has come to discussing it, saying he’s “gay in [his] art and straight in [his] life.” Women, in fact, may be biologically hard-wired to have a more indefinable sexuality than men, anyway.
But Franco said something similar to Stewart when asked about who he enjoys to spend time with in bed: “I really don’t care what people think about my sexuality, and it’s also none of their business.”
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