Being half a gay, Lush’s #GayisOk campaign struck a peculiar interest with me. By half a gay, I mean broadly, bisexual, however I do sort of struggle with labelling my sexuality. Lush’s Gay is Okay campaign is raising money for grassroots LGBT rights groups and their struggle for human rights all around the world. The entirety of the profits from buying a bar of oh-so-sparkly #GayisOk soap go towards these groups. But I thought I would use this opportunity to talk about my thoughts on sexuality as well.
This soap smells of strong roses and lemongrass. It smells very much so, like a Lush product. The sparkly glittiriness will attach itself to your bathtub and your parents will wonder why there is glitter all over it. In which you can use it as an opportunity to come out to your parents as gay. But in all seriousness, it’s an great soap with an even greater message.
For the life of me, I will never understand why people are so obsessed with what other people do with their genitals I’m going to be honest. But ultimately, homophobia is a thing and it’s a thing sparked by fear of the sparkly militant homosexuals (*sarcasm) But essentially, homophobic views do spark out of a fear. They spark out of a fear of complete and utter freedom, how they do not understand how somebody could have those feelings for somebody of the same sex. How somebody could act on these ‘bizarre’ feelings for another person of the same gender.
Labels exist historically because of nosey people that think they have some business in what you do with your genitals. Therefore you have to explain and explain it. Now don’t get me wrong, I think labels can be a great thing for some individuals. They help them to understand themselves more, look up more information on what they are feeling like, and reduce the level of chaos going on in your head when you are confused.
Personally for me, I struggle with labels, as everybody and their mum seems to question the legitimacy of bisexuality and ‘how can you be bisexual if you’re with a man?!’ Well it swings both ways, that’s kind of the point you know. It honestly depends on the circumstances I am in. It doesn’t mean that I’m attracted to EVERYONE and that I’m suddenly going to go on a rampant STD binge. It’s just… I like both you know?
Let me know your thoughts! And holla at me with #GayisOk!
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.