‘Reign’ Star Caitlin Stasey Opens Website for Women, Discusses Sexuality
Reign star Caitlin Stasey is outspoken and opinionated on sexuality and women’s rights. The Australian actress also has a talent for getting her point across in engaging, eloquent fashion.
Of course, not everyone is going to agree with her opinions, nor her methods for getting them across, as Stasey has opened a new website called Herself, which features intimate interviews and (extremely) NSFW portraits of women of all races, sexuality and sizes.
It’s a sort of motivational website for women, encouraging them to embrace who they are. In fact, the very first interview/portrait session is of Stasey herself, discussing everything from her sexuality to the changing cultural context for the LGBTQIA [Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual] movement. Some excerpts:
On puberty: “Puberty was devastating for me. I suddenly had stretch marks all over my body, cellulite, hair, lumps, acne. Looking back now I know I wasn’t alone but at the time I couldn’t have felt more isolated. I was developing at a rate that wasn’t mirrored in my social group. I was always surrounded by long, lean, hairless, blondes who excelled at sports & were entirely asexual & then there was me, swarthy, curvy & short – I’ve always been slight but I was womanly WAY before my peers. I was embarrassed by the changes I was going through and that I had no real outlet for my confusion but more than anything I was embarrassed by my interest in sex, one that was present in me LONG before puberty.”
On growing up as a child of divorce: “My parents’ divorce hugely changed my life. I was suddenly the daughter of a single mother. I felt as though single mothers in my community were somewhat pitied by other mothers, by other families,but my mother would never succumb to self pity she never seemed effected at all by the social stigma. In fact she took it in her stride. The few years between leaving my father and meeting my stepfather she was my hero, she was fair, even-keeled, brave, hard working, resilient (fastidiously tidy) & supportive.”
On her sexuality: “I would have vivid dreams about other women. Every night I’d drift off into this utopia of women being available to me & knowing nothing other than my desire for them. There was no one in my life who also expressed these desires, no one in the entertainment I consumed, the books I would read, the company I kept. A lack of monumental events shaped my sexuality, masturbating in secret, telling no one, saying nothing, concealing all sexual queries or thoughts. It’s the single reason I’m so adamant that LGBTQIA characters be involved in children’s entertainment.”
On her gender identity: “It was always thrust upon me. I never had an awakening it was just understood that I was born cisgendered so there was never any turmoil over my sexuality or upset. I was given gender neutral toys but for the most part I opted for barbies, toy kitchens, lovely little dresses, the only truly non-gendered items I loved were art supplies (although the reason I became interested in art was because it was the only way I could access images of naked women without question!) I was a HUGE girly girl save for my blundstone boots. I was always wearing a tutu & these heavy duty workman’s boots. The simple reason being that I did NOT care for shoelace tying and my blundstones were incredibly comfy. I’ve worn them consistently all my life.”
On her sexual preferences: “I’ve known I was mostly gay ever since I can remember. I know it troubles many people for me to refer to myself as a lesbian considering I have a male partner. I think they gather that it trivializes the plight of the LGBTQIA community, and although that couldn’t be further from the truth at this point in my life I’m trying to steer as far from labeling as possible. Compartmentalizing myself only leads to condemnation and contradiction. I’m happier being fluid and I’m happier being honest.”
On reproductive rights: “No one anywhere ever should EVER be able to tell a woman what is right for her body regarding her reproductive rights. If you’re pro life/anti-contraceptive, swell, just keep it to your fucking self and practice it—don’t enforce it on others.”
You can read the rest of the interview, and check out the portraits and interviews from other women, by heading over to the official Herself website HERE. However, be forewarned that the images are EXTREMELY NSFW. I’m talking not-even-a-little-bit-SFW. Still, the interviews make for a genuinely interesting read. It’s certainly worth checking out, whether you’re a male or female, since the site offers some unique perspectives on gender and sexuality.