OITNB’s Ruby Rose: “I Definitely Don’t Identify As Any Gender.”
“Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other. 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. So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which – in my perfect imagination – is like having the best of both sexes. I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I’ll put on a skirt – like today.”
So, it’s about a choice that can be made daily?
“Exactly, and not having to succumb to whatever society – whether it’s work or family or friends or whoever – makes you feel like you’re supposed to be because of how you were born. That’s not the case at all. There’s a line in OITNB where Stella is making fun of Piper, saying like ‘Ugh. Women – can’t live with them, can’t live without them.’ Piper’s like, ‘What? You don’t consider yourself to be a woman?’ Stella says, ‘I do, but that’s only because my options are limited.’ It’s a very small line, but what I really read from that is that she is a woman – obviously, she’s in a female prison – but if she had it her way, she probably wouldn’t be. But, what’s her option? To transition to a guy and then be in a men’s prison would be incredibly dangerous. The takeaway is that only you know who you were born to be, and you need to be free to be that person.”
“Orange Is The New Black” star Ruby Rose, who is genderqueer, spoke with Elle about gender fluidity and what it means in everyday life. She told the magazine that with Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, “OITNB” and the emergence of “Transparent,” the world is seeing an enormous transgender movement — which is so exciting! — and that she’s “proud to be alive during this massive shift in the world.” Want more Ruby? Below, check out the film she wrote, produced and starred in last year about “gender roles, Trans, and what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo.”