EMA Co-Host Ruby Rose And Gender Fluidity
We So Can't Wait For The EMAs.
Australian actress, and newly-announced co-host of the EMA, Ruby Rose, is totally reigning as queen of the internet.
Since her Orange Is The New Black Season 3 debut, she’s been pretty much the world's number one crush. Taking part in a show like OITNB, which carries such positive and thought-provoking messaging around gender, sexuality, and social issues, is reason enough to be a fan of the Aussie.
On top of this, Ruby has been doing some pretty amazing stuff in her own right for years, altering how we all think about gender and sexuality. Ruby has been very open about her sexual orientation - she came out at 12 and she’s spoken out about having a tough time at school because of her lesbian identity. More recently, however, she explained that she identifies as gender fluid, something that’s been picking up a whole lot of press coverage.
Miley Cyrus announced recently that she too is gender fluid. So what exactly does gender fluid mean?
While sex refers to the state of being biologically and physically a man or a woman, gender refers to the male or female identity you create through how you feel and live. Basically, sex is biological, gender is socially constructed.
Ruby has said that she doesn’t feel like she was born in the wrong body but that she does identify as both male and female, feeling like a boy from a really young age and binding her breasts in a dangerous attempt to prevent them from growing. She’s specified that she prefers to use female pronouns to refer to herself.
When she was trying to make it in the entertainment industry in her younger years, she tried to feminise her appearance to fit what casting agents wanted from her. After realising that that just wasn’t her, Ruby cut off her hair and went back to what felt comfortable. Ruby Rose released this short-film, Break Free, which she wrote, produced, and starred in (disclaimer: there’s a fake penis shot at 3 min 25s!)
The film explores gender as a concept in a pretty novel, experimental way. In Break Free, Ruby Rose transitions from a long haired, very feminine woman in a tight dress to tattooed man complete with bound breasts and a prosthetic penis.
She said that the short-film was a long time coming, is certainly autobiographical, and that she found it pretty therapeutic to make.
For shining the light on gender as a concept that’s sometimes far from binary and straight forward, we certainly are converted to Ruby Rose fandom! We can't wait to see her joining Ed Sheeran onstage in Milan on October 25th.