The days of defining our sexuality into ‘gay’ or ‘straight’ have long gone, with many people now describing their sexual orientation in a whole new way… Many of those now class their sexuality as ‘fluid’ with a lot more room for manoeuvre than we’ve ever experienced before.
With celebrities openly discussing their sexuality, it is no surprise that we are becoming more comfortable with the idea of sexual orientation as a spectrum, rather than simply black and white. Of course, these famous names are not the only reason we are opening our minds to the idea of sexuality in a variety of ways. And why must we know how someone identifies? Well, the answer is, there is no need. When it comes to filling out forms – such as job applications – there is often no other choice away from straight, bisexual, gay/lesbian – with the occasional ‘rather not say’ cropping up. But what if we’re unsure ourselves? Or what if we’re just open to the possibility?
The Kinsey scale is an interesting perspective, giving candidates a number on a scale according to their views on sexuality. Do you consider yourself open minded but know you’re 100% straight? Well, then you’re a 0 – While if you continue to be attracted to both sexes equally, you’re landing yourself a 3. This fascinates me for a variety of reasons – Will we eventually be met with a far broader range of choices when it comes to identifying ourselves on paper? Or will the need to select our sexuality simply disappear altogether?
But we can’t forget that panromantic or biromantic exist either, adding extra range to an already long list. There is no reason why this list cannot continue to extend to accommodate the evolving ideas of sexuality. Why must we be prepared to pigeonhole ourselves into a category when instead we can create new ones?