Kristen Stewart graces the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar and poses for a stunning array of photos. In the issue she sports a crew cut from her last movie role and reaffirms her bisexuality. Kudos to her. Kristen’s most recent love interests have all been women, leading some to speculate that her relationship with Robert Pattinson was just a phase. The logic being, since she is dating women now she must be a lesbian. Like many millennials Kristen seems to eschew limiting labels and confining stereotypes.
She tells Harper’s, “I’ve been deeply in love with everyone I’ve dated. Did you think I was faking it? I’ve always really embraced a duality. And really, truly, believed in it and never felt confused or struggling. I just didn’t like getting made fun of.”
That last sentence echos many complaints I’ve heard from other bisexuals. People don’t take them seriously. They get accused of really being gay but not wanting to admit it. As if bisexuality is just a stop on the way to full homosexuality. Or bisexuals get the reverse criticism, that they are really straight and just dabbling with the same sex for fun. that they’d never stay in a serious same sex relationship. As a result some bisexuals stay in the proverbial closet.
Bisexuality is real. In fact, Kinsey’s ground breaking work on sexuality from the 1940s and 50s, described sexual orientation as a six point scale with heterosexuality on one end and homosexuality on the other. In the center were varying degrees of attraction to both sexes.
Now Kristen Stewart, an A-list celebrity and one of the highest profile actresses of her generation, has made it clear she is open to dating men and woman. That is important. Visibility matters. And who could be a more visible bisexual role model than Kristen Stewart?
More info is available on the Harper’s Bazaar website.