Ruby Rose Doesn’t Mind That So Many Straight Women Would “Go Gay” For Her

“I think people are just saying that to be complimentary. I don’t think anyone’s doing it to be derogatory or to take away from what it really means to come out and identify as a different sexuality than what people will think you are. Maybe 10 years ago, people would watch someone onscreen that they would be attracted to, but they wouldn’t be able to make a funny meme and say, ‘Oh my God, I’m gay!’ because that would be so frowned upon.

I, personally, think that the moments we try to nitpick who can and can’t say that they are genderqueer or gender-neutral or trans, or who’s gay or who’s bi — who are we to tell other people how they can live their lives and what they can tweet and what they can say? It’s really none of our business. I think we should let people go and say what they want to.”

Well shit, Ruby Rose somehow managed to make herself even hotter, how is that even possible? I absolutely love what she has to say about all of the attention she’s received since being cast in season three of “Orange Is The New Black,” especially from straight-identified women who say they would “go gay” for the gender-fluid Australian.

While I do get why the phrase “go gay for” would be irksome, I have a less cynical outlook on its impact than, say, Madeleine Davies at Jezebel, who wrote that straight women were just saying it to be “edgy.”

Look, straight women have long couched their attraction to other women in non-committal, cutesy ways, like calling someone their “girl crush” — and we could have a whole other convo about how straight-identified men aren’t really even “allowed” to express their own, well, boy crushes. So, I agree with Rose that saying you’re “gay for” someone with a gender identity that is different from what you’re usually attracted to is a sign of progress.

First, because people are treating the word “gay” as a positive instead of avoiding it like it’s a bad thing, and second, because it demonstrates that people (well, women at least, in this case) are acknowledging that sexual attraction and gender are on a spectrum. Hell, even some gay men say they would “go straight” for Rose.

Critics say you can’t “choose” to be gay, but, respectfully, I don’t think that takes into account how much our sexual identities have been informed and shaped by society’s narrow view on attraction in general, which largely dictates that you must choose one of three labels — gay, straight or bi. I think it’s a great thing that people are starting to push back on being boxed in.

Besides, if you’re human and you don’t want to fuck Ruby Rose, chances are, you’re probably dead.

[Huffington Post]