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Science has upped it's game.

Most researchers seem to be pretty busy with conducting medical studies and making valuable scientific discoveries for society's gain, but this latest survey really takes it to the next level.

Bloom & Wild have worked with London Metropolitan University to undergo an experiment to figure out when the 'love hormone', AKA oxytocin, is released.

The anti-anxiety and stress reducing hormone is pretty special, the chemicals are made when you're in love, and having some KICK-ASS sex. We heart it. 

The study measured how the brain reacts to receiving certain gifts, and it's led to some pretty interesting, and useful, results. We're not hugely surprised at what topped the list, they're all unreal.

Research also suggests that people in the first three stages of love reported higher oxytocin levels that last for roughly six months to a year. At a chemical level, can presents recreate this high of lovestruck heartbeats?

Scientists reported that the subjects of the study showed an average increase of 73pg/ml in the hormone oxytocin after getting chocolates, and 62pg/ml after receiving flowers. Feeling loved comes in all shapes and sizes, it would seem.

The official top five items or experiences included on the list which trumped having sex were; chocolate winning the number one spot, then flowers, food, shopping and booking a holiday.

Receiving chocolate apparently creates a high increase in oxytocin the same rise in oxytocin comes from sex, so a quick nip down to Butlers could solve your stress issues. 

Flowers can spark the same feeling as love, relationships and sexy times, and a study by Havas Worldwide revealed that 57 percent of millennials think that food is better than sex. Damn.

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Retail therapy also made the list, according to the experiment. The neurologist David Linden, in his book The Compass Of Pleasure, explains that the experience of shopping triggers dopamine circuitry in the brain's mesolimbic pathway.

In plain-old-English, the mesolimbic pathway is a key part of how we experience entertainment and happiness, so having a sneaky online shop at ASOS is good for you. Thank God we have a valid excuse to do this now…

Booking a holiday is better than having some intimate. alone time with a partner, according to research. 16% of Brits claim to support this, so those Aer Lingus January sales must have had people feelin' pretty damn euphoric.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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To carry out their research, Bloom & Wild and London Metropolitan University split 30 volunteers into three groups.

Each were to receive a gift of flowers, chocolate, or water, and took saliva samples before the gift arrived, and then again 10 minutes after delivery, and finally 40 minutes after receiving the gift. 

It just goes to show, chocolate should always be cherished. We're in a loving relationship with Cadbury's Dairy Milk, and there are zero signs of a break-up coming our way.

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Otis Milburn has an announcement, and you DEFINITELY want to hear it.

The critically-acclaimed and fan favourite Netflix series Sex Education has won the heart of every single viewer, for it's hilarious script, lovable (complex) characters and important themes.

The iconic show touches on everything from sex, consent, homosexuality, prejudice, mental health, gender identity, abortion rights and racism. Somehow, they also made it funny, with beautiful acting. HOW?

That's right lads, Sex Education is coming BACK for a second season, after leaving us on a major cliffhanger at the end of season one.

The students at Moordale High School garnered a massive social media following (those quotable memes?), and it's estimated that over 40 million households watched the title within one month.

The fan demand for season two was predictably high, and Netflix has confirmed that the series has been renewed for another eight episodes of the heartfelt, funny and honest show. We STAN.

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Season two is slated to start production this spring in England, with Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Tanya Reynolds, Patricia Allison and Alistair Petrie all reprising their unreal roles.

Fans are pretty darn excited, as we guessed. Twitter has had a slight meltdown as the thought of more open conversations about sex, which is SO needed in today's society.

Creator of the show Laurie Nunn will return alongside executive producer Jamie Campbell. The first season achieved popular acclaim for it's poignant treatment of relationships and identity, we're OBSESSED with Otis' sex therapist mum.

Gillian Anderson is a certified boss.

We love the intersectional appeal of the show. I mean, a jock reading Virginia Woolf, and liking it? That's some revolutionary sh*t right there.

Multidimensional characters in a teen show can be hard to come by, but this cast has delivered it with heart.

Series creator Laurie Nunn said,

“The reception to series one has been so exciting. Seeing how people across the world have connected to characters that began as ideas in my head is incredible. I’m hugely grateful to every person that has taken the time to watch the series, and I can’t wait to continue this amazing journey.”

Thank you, Laurie, for giving us Emma Mackey's character: the badass Maeve Wiley. We need her so badly in our lives.

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We can't wait to see what's in store for season two.

SPOILER ALERT:

At the end of season one, Otis was smooching his new gal Ola, much to Maeve's heartbreak. Will Maeve return to school? And what about Adam and Eric's burgeoning romance? We can't deal.

Bring on 2019, God exists and she has delivered us this gift.

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We all remember the trends rotating around primary schools; whether it was Tamagotchis, friendship bracelets, Scoobies, Loom bands or marbles, we were ADDICTED.

Apparently, Katy Perry was a little alternative when she was a kid, unsurprisingly. Her brain went pretty much straight to the gutter, the Tom Cruise lust-inspired gutter.

The I Kissed A Girl singer was spending some quality time with her parents last weekend and was exploring some former momentoes, when a letter from 1996 resurfaced and shook us deeply.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Katy naturally thought it was so amusing that Instagram had to witness the hilarity, especially since the reason for her sixth grade suspension was DRY HUMPING.

You might be wondering why on earth Katy was dry humping a tree, understandably. Tom Cruise was to blame;

"At the 2:00 p.m. recess, Katy and four other students were in an 'off-limits' area (behind the backboards) practising a skit. Katy pretended that a tree was Tom Cruise and began making sexual motions (pelvic thrusts) to the tree."

Image: @katyperry Instagram

Of all the 1990s teen heartthrobs to dry hump bark for, Tom Cruise? We're more on the Leonardo DiCaprio circa 1996 when Romeo and Juliet was released kinda vibe.

The letter also stated, "When Katy met with Mrs. Calkins, Mr. White, and myself, she was asked to describe or demonstrate what she had been seen doing on the playground in front of some other students."

"Katy chose to describe it. Her words were 'it was inappropriate' and 'like making out.'"

The star was previously in trouble at her Santa Barbara Christian School for calling younger students "brats". (Fair)

She also admitted to playing Spin the Bottle and Truth or Dare, which the school said "resulted in students kissing on the cheek."

Humping a tree was the last straw for her no-nonsense Christian School, baby Katy sounds like GAS company to be honest.

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We all have that friend that seems to have her head permanently in the gutter, and if you can't pinpoint which pal it is… then it's you, hun.

Every woman deserves to feel sexy and powerful, and some of your friends understand that notion more than others.

You know the one, the gal-pal that's always giving insanely detailed in and out's (pardon the pun) of her sex life, her favourite sex positions and toys, even her tips that you never really asked to hear. 

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If she's the mate you've been given for the Kris Kringle, never fear.

We have the ULTIMATE red hot, X-rated spice guide for buying the best gifts.

Strap yourselves in, fam. No, that wasn't an intentional BDSM reference, honestly….

1. Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment by August McLaughlin

August McLaughlin wrote a powerful book about how she overcame her eating disorder after embracing her sexuality.

The result is an incredible collection of her thoughts on what it means to be a 'good girl', slut shaming, prude-shaming, bondage, BDMS, body image, girl boners and orgasms, among other saucy things.

We advise you to grab it ASAP for your sexually empowered pals, or anyone who needs it for that matter. We've already ordered it from Amazon…*winks*

Buy: Amazon
Price: €14.52

2. Fuschia EROTIC eyshadow palette

Fuschia make-up has decided to gift us with a frisky palette full of delicious berries, bold blues and tantalising purples.

Endlessly daring looks for naughty nights can be created with this gorgeous eyeshadow extravaganza. These shimmers will ensure that you can dance the night away or get your freak on, either way you'll be looking STUH-NING.

Buy: Fuschia
Price: €27.50

3. Savage x Fenty lacy teddy

We honestly don't know a sexier feeling than putting on lingerie that BAD GAL RIRI both designed and wore herself.

She is the badass queen of sexual empowerment, and you can be too. While Savage x Fenty is on the pricier side, it's ideal for a Christmas treat=.

The gorgeous range of body types and diversity which the brand represents is worth the money, imagine how extra you'd feel wearing this beautiful lace body.

Buy: Savage x Fenty
Price: €98.28

4. Love Honey's weekend away sex kit

This sex kit features 11 specially selected toys for endless fun.

Included in this spicy set is the all-time favourite rabbit vibrator, butt plug, G-spot vibe, rabbit ears, beads, rabbit rings among other products, it's pretty decent value.

Welcome to the weekend, ladies. Treat yourself, or a sexually empowered mate of yours, if they're brave enough to unwrap the gift.

Buy: Love Honey
Price: 79.95

5. Glyde organic, natural condoms

Glyde condoms are vegan and made with sustainably harvested natural latex, so they're perfect for that environmentally friendly sexually empowered pal. I mean, they're even certified by PETA.

These condoms come in a variety of textures, flavours and sizes so they're just as good, if not better, than store-brand condoms like Durex, but suitable for everyone.

Sir Richard's Pleasure Dot condoms are also an unreal vegan choice, not to mention PETA certified.

Buy: Babeland/Amazon
Price: €13.22 for 12

7. YES organic lubricants

YES WB lubricants are some of the best in the business. 

Made from organic aloe vera, it's arguably the top water-based lube on the market right now. Perfect for moisturising and nourishing skin, as well as for solo or shared pleasure experiences.

It's called YES for a reason, don't you think? *wink* (Did you really think we'd write a sex-themed article without numerous cheeky winks?)

Buy: Love Honey
Price: €8.95 (50ml)

8. Bijoux Indiscrets Blind Passion mask

This soft plush mask is a fun way to change up the bedroom repertoire.

Coming in gorgeous black and white gold packaging, it's a great gift idea for anyone looking to eliminate their sense of sight to boost their sense of pleasure.

Buy: Bijoux Indiscrets
Price: €8.95

9. Rianne S Classic vibrator in deep purple

The RIANNE S Classique is the essential vibrator for any woman, sexually empowered or not.

The toy is 100 percent medical grade silicon and is available in three different colours with golden details, as well as a cosmetic bag for other saucy essentials.

Buy: Rianne S
Price: €29.95

10. ASOS DESIGN Emma velvet & lace padded plunge underwire bra set

Anyone can feel sexy in red, but a red velvet bra, thong and suspender set? You're on fire, gal.

We are GAGGIN' for this entire ensemble, can someone post this straight to our doors ASAP, please?

Buy: ASOS
Price: bra (€30.42), thong (€13.83), suspender (€19.36)

11. ASOS DESIGN button through maxi tea dress in jacquard

You don't need to be showing some skin to feel sexually empowered, are we right?

This beautiful, satin red dress is ideal for feeling sexy and free (like glitter's raining on me, @Jessie J).

Buy: ASOS
Price: €55.30

12. Long distance lamps…to give them a sign *winks*

Uncommon Goods are now stocking this majestic product, which is essentially the 2018 way of issuing a booty call from afar.

These hilarious and absolutely genius lamps allow you to let your lover know that you're thinking of them from afar with just one simple touch. 

The lamps are connected by WiFi, so each time either you or your partner touches a magical lamp, the other will light up with a sensual glow. It's fun, it's modern, it's damn sexy.

Buy: Uncommon Goods
Price: €74.60 (excluding shipping)

13. Naughty Truth or Dare by Running Press

If you're looking to sprinkle a little spice for a date night-in, or a get together between your gal pals, then this is the game for you.

Naughty Truth or Dare features 104 gas prompts and one instruction card for some VERY non-PG fun. 

Buy: Book Depository
Price: €6.58

14. Sex Stack (Basically spicy Jenga…)

This game is possibly the greatest creative experience of foreplay invented. Sexy Jenga? It sounds absurd, but trust us, you'll have more than a few laughs playing it.

Each block has a number that coincides with a task or position, so it's pretty darn great for trying out some new experiences with a lover.

Buy: Amazon
Price: €22.09

15. Lovehoney Oh! XOXO Sex Cheques (26 Pack)

This flirty chequebook from Love Honey ain't about finances, in case you hadn't guessed.

26 cheques to choose from and two blank ones for your own filthy minds to fill in, these are a gas gift for a sexually empowered friend who needs a little creativity.

Buy: Love Honey
Price; €6.95

We hope these gift goodies will give you all the inspiration necessary this Christmas.

For your sexually empowered pals… and for treating yo'self too…*winks one final time*

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Every woman needs her pleasure, eh? Enjoy the presents, you saucy mixes.

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Speculation about Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer AJ Pritchard's sexuality has been rife since he joined the BBC show two years ago.

The 23-year-old has been hit by rumour after rumour and it seems that he has had enough.

After being romantically linked to his celebrity partner, Paralympian Lauren Steadman, he has spoken out and refused to put a bale on himself. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He said, ''I don’t think I should have to define it.''

It seems that the question of his sexuality began at a young age when he started dancing. 

He continued, “From the age of 12 when I decided to dance in high school, everyone was saying, ‘Oh, you’re a dancer’, and there was that kind of stigma about it.''

“But I try not to think about it. I just live my life – but the support from the gay community is always fantastic.”

AJ is a big fan of the gay community, who he thinks are always great people to be around.

He said, ''I love being around gay people, going to gay clubs. Obviously in this industry there happens to be more gay people, so it just seems to work perfectly."

It's a shame that he felt the need to address these rumours about his personal life but we think he handled them perfectly. 

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What on earth is a 'sex recession' and why are our generation having less sex?

Kate Julian, writing for the American publication The Atlantic, has carried out research regarding the latest sexual habits of our generation, and it's fair to say her findings were pretty damn surprising.

Despite our culture of sexualisation, Grindr, Tinder dating and normalised pornography, apparently we are having less sex than our parent's generation. Eh, that is NOT COOL.

Cases of HIV are at an all-time low, birth control is far easier to acquire and the internet has a ridiculous amount of information (often inaccurate) about sex, so why are we not engaging in sexual activity as much? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Julian claimed that in American high schools:

"Teens are launching their sex lives later. From 1991 to 2017, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behaviour Survey finds, the percentage of high-school students who’d had intercourse dropped from 54 to 40 percent."

Jean M. Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, has argued that our generation are on course to have fewer sexual partners in our lifetime.

Twenge also found that the average adult went from having sex 62 times a year to 54 times, using data from the General Social Survey. Well, this is alarming.

Helen Fisher, co-director of Match.com’annual Singles in America survey of more than 5,000 'unpartnered' Americans, stated:

"The data is that people are having less sex,” she said, with a hint of mischief, according to Julian. Mischief… not managed?! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Julian argues that in America, “about 60 percent of adults under age 35 now live without a spouse or a partner.”

Japan is one of the most fascinating cultures to study sexually, they are one of the world's biggest porn producers and consumers, yet are having a HUGE demographic crisis.

None of them are having sex. Legit, NONE.

In Japan in 2015, 43 percent of young people (ages 18 to 34) were virgins. 47 percent of married couples said it had been more than a month since they had sex.

I have so many questions. One of them being, why are we waiting until later in life to have sex?

According to studies, porn is a prominent factor in terms of the sexual decline. Or rather, the decline in our generation having sex with each other, having a human experience.

Apparently, porn means that men and women are having sex with themselves instead.

Maureen O’Connor recently described the porn preference popularised in Japan, hentai, and how it transmogrifies body parts. It's unrealistic, fantasy and almost hallucinatory.

The supernatural is eroticised, allowing sex to become a total escape, but yet it's not based in the real world.

Debby Herbenick ascertains that young people today are more likely to engage in sexual behaviours which are prevalent in porn, which might be scaring some people off, seeing as porn nowadays is FULL of hugely violent tendencies towards women.

This would easily put people off sex, to be fair, if someone tries a random sex act which they saw in porn, without the partner's consent or enjoyment.

Julian cites a few reasons such as:

Parental pressure

Julian describes the term "helicopter parents,” as parental anxiety regarding their children’s educational and economic prospects. Peer pressure from parents has resulted in a deterrence from romance.

Parents are telling their kids to focus on building their academic credentials instead of investing in romantic relationships

They are also giving their kids less private time, and less alone time for potential sexy-times. No sign of Regina George's "cool mom" vibes here then…

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Issues with Dating Apps

Less people are actually going on dates, social skills have drastically decreased (maybe because of… THE INTERNET numbing our brains..)

Kate Julian discovered that Tinder actually tends to be a colossal waste of time. The average person takes more than 60 swipes to get a single match, and most matches don't even result in a conversation.

Matches are not evenly distributed, Julian claims that the "highly photogenic" people (a nice way of saying the Hot People) are the only ones who get proper use from it. Sound.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Today, the company says it logs 1.6 billion swipes a day, and yet only 26 million matches

Julian also feels that Tinder can lead to troubling consequences, where casual conversations or social cues can now come across as creepy.

To be fair, women (and men) statistically are seeing a lot of assault and danger from dating apps, so she could hold her judgement there about us being cautious.

If it is seen as problematic to ask people out by approaching them randomly, or even online, finding opportunities to have sex realistically is going to be a challenge.

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Body consciousness and inhibition

Women especially are worried about their bodies, and there is a new-found nervousness of nakedness, despite it being all over the media and entertainment industry.

Inhibition is a major factor in the sexual decline, as inhibition prevents orgasm. Without orgasm, and with anxiety, people are drastically turned off sex.

Ian Kerner, the New York sex therapist says that women are rebuffing their sexual partners in terms of oral sex because they hate how their vagina looks:

“I know the stereotype is often that men are the ones who don’t want to perform it, but I find the reverse,” he said.

“A lot of women will say when I’m talking to them privately, ‘I just can’t believe that a guy wants to be down there, likes to do that. It’s the ugliest part of my body.’ ”

Self-consciousness is a mood killer, for sure.

Anxiety levels have surged in recent years, our generation has helped to de-stigmatise mental health, but this means there is an increase of people on anti-depressants; notorious libido killers.

Julian suggests that today’s young adults may struggle more with these issues.

Hook-ups Instead of Romantic Relationships

Hook-up culture is on the rise, which means that people are dating less often and are less likely to have steady relationships.

Kate Julian’s summarised Lisa Wade’s book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, as follows:

“Roughly one-third were…”abstainers” – they opted out of hook-up culture entirely. A little more than a third were “dabblers” – they hooked up sometimes, but ambivalently."

"Less than a quarter were 'enthusiasts,” who delighted in hooking up. The remainder were in long-term relationships.”

It goes to show, you never really know what's going on with other people's sex lives.

Painful sex

The sex which many young people are having is apparently painful, or just plain bad, because there is no valid communication.

People nowadays are also more willing to say no, to only have sex when they are in the mood, and not just to please others.

Julian writes that young adults are carrying out sex acts popularised by porn, such as anal sex and choking (asphyxiation).

She says that studies show “in the absence of high-quality sex education, teen boys look to porn for help understanding sex.” This is bad, trust me.

Many women, it turns out, are simply not enjoying sex in terms of penetration (anal and vaginal).

In 2012, Julian notes, 30 percent of women experienced pain during vaginal intercourse and a whopping 72 percent said that the anal sex they experienced was painful. Yikes.

In hookup culture, women experiencing orgasm is rare. Julian described, just 31 percent of men and an INSANE low of 11 percent of women were experiencing orgasm in hookups. God help us.

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It's hard to deny that #MeToo has possibly put a lot of people off sex, especially hookup culture.

We have to learn how to trust people again, and truly understand consent, so our personal sexuality can grow in a safe manner.

Growth of masturbation: Lovin' Yo'self.

Self-love is on the rise, according to Julian.

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This is possibly due to huge range of pornographic content found online, especially in books and erotic fiction for women.  

From 1992 to 2014, masturbation doubled for men and more than tripled for women (26 percent! YAS ladies).

As of 2014, 54 percent of men claim that they masturbate every week at least.

An issue with Kate Julian's arguments is that there is an element of blame for single people.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her sources appeared to be quite anti-casual sex, anti-porn and anti-masturbation, despite the fact that women need masturbation especially to find out what they like.

Also the benefits of being single are huge. Statistics show that married people are not happier than singles, and that divorce rates remain high. Married people aren't even having more sex than single people.

Author and sociologist Bella dePaulo Ph.D. agreed:

"Maybe instead of spending 15 printed magazine pages explaining the decreasing frequency of sex among young adults, most of whom are single, Julian should have instead focused more of her attention on married people."

Her iconic 2004 work Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, follows this idea.

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Why are rates of sex decreasing for married people? 

Instead of judging people for how they live their sexual lives, maybe we should take the pressure off them and leave them alone, hmm? 

Especially since asexuality is now recognised as a sexual orientation, rather than a dysfunction.

We are learning so much in recent eras about sex and human nature, but I think the crucial issue is shame. Remove the shame from the equation, and we can communicate our needs and desires, and express ourselves sexually.

Do what you feel comfortable with, find what you like, and always make sure you feel safe and trust who you are with. 

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Since rising to fame as a young Disney star back in 2008, Demi Lovato's love life has long been the subject of headlines across the world.

Whether it's a story about a rumoured romance with Niall Horan or the more recent photo showing the 25-year-old holding hands with DJ and producer, Lauren Abedini, Demi's romantic endeavours have never been far from the spotlight.

That being said, the singer rarely reveals details about her personal life and in a recent interview with Pride Source, she explained why she prefers not to comment on speculation regarding her sexuality.

“I love who I love,” Demi said.

“I just feel like everyone’s always looking for a headline and they always want their magazine or TV show or whatever to be the one to break what my sexuality is.”

“I feel like it’s irrelevant to what my music is all about. I stand up for the things that I believe in and the things that I’m passionate about, but I like to keep my personal life as private as possible when it comes to dating and sexuality and all that stuff just because it has nothing to do with my music.”

The singer went on to reveal how her upcoming documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, will answer a lot of these questions because when she does discuss her sexuality, she wants it to be on her “own terms.”

The highly anticipated documentary will be released on YouTube on October 12.

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Kristen Stewart has always been open about her sexuality. Having been in relationships with both men and women, the 27-year-old has compared her dating preferences to eating sandwiches, admitting she wants “to try everything.”

The actress, whose leading role in the hit Twilight series shot her to stardom, is currently seeing model, Stella Maxwell, but says she is completely open to dating men again in the future.

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar UK, Kristen explained her thought process:

“Some people know that they like grilled cheese and they’ll eat it every day for the rest of their lives. I want to try everything.”

“If I have grilled cheese once I’m like, ‘That was cool, what’s next?’ ”

Having previously dated her Twilight co-star, Robert Pattinson, fans of the actress were surprised to learn that she was in a relationship with Alicia Cargile a few years after the couple's very public split.

“Did you think I was faking it?” she says. “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.”

Earlier this year, the actress told The Guardian she is “just trying to acknowledge that fluidity, that grayness, which has always existed.”

So, while Kristen's "grilled cheese" analogy may not be the most eloquent we've ever heard, what she's saying makes perfect sense. 

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Shannon Purser, who rose to fame in Stranger Things, and now stars on Riverdale made the decision to share an insight into a deeply personal aspect of her life on Twitter today.

In the aftermath of a discussion where the actress appeared to insult fans of characters Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, Shannon clarified her stance on the matter.

 

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After being accused of 'queerbaiting' on the social media platform late last night, she felt compelled to open up about her own sexuality.

Addressing her critics, Shannon explained that she recently came out as bisexual to friends and family, and was ignorant of the term 'queerbaiting'.

"I don't normally do this, but I figure now is as good a time as any to get personal," Shannon began in the post.

"I've only just recently came out as bisexual to my family and friends. It's something I am still processing and  trying to understand and I don't like talking about it too much."

"I'm very, very new to the LGBT community. I have never heard the term 'queerbaiting' in my life until today. That being said I have never ever wanted to alienate anyone and my tweet was thoughtless."

 

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"I wasn't referring to all the beronica shippers, just the ones who had been particularly cruel to me personally. Either way it wasn't a wise or kind thing to say and I'm disappointed in myself, especially as a Christian who has always been taught to speak love to others."

"Thank you to all the people who kindly reached out to me and educated me about the reality your feelings about queerbaiting and I apologise to those who were hurt."

Shannon was inundated with messages of support following her decision to open up last night.

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Earlier this month curiosity was sparked among fans of Bella Thorne when a photo of the actress kissing a girl began to circulate online, and this event eventually led one avid follower to ask the star a very blunt question over Twitter.

“Are you bisexual?,” wrote the fan.  Bella’s response?  An appropriately simple answer: “Yes.”

While it is somewhat unusual for celebrities to open up about their sexuality in such a straightforward way – no groundbreaking interviews here – the former Disney star’s fans are loving Bella's basic approach.

 

 

So far Bella’s post has been liked more than 27,000 times, as fans continue to tweet the 18-year-old celebrating her honesty.

One Twitter user wrote: “DAMN @bellathorne is one of the coolest girls in Hollywood imo.  This chick is constantly real af.  Keep breaking them social conventions bb.”

The Shake It Up! star – who recently announced that she and British actor Gregg Sulkin had ended their year long relationship – has thanked her fans for their support by writing: “Aww thank you for all the accepting tweets from everyone.  I love you guys #pride.”

 

Go Bella!

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There is a time and a place to ask personal questions – and twenty minutes into a press conference is NEITHER the time or place. 

This is what one reporter found out yesterday when he asked Tom Hardy about his sexuality.

Daily Xtra reporter, Graeme Coleman posed the disconcerting question to Tom during the Toronto International Film Festival.

"In the film, your character, Ronnie, is very open about his sexuality. But given interviews you've done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous. Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?"

"What on earth are you on about?" Hardy asked, drawing the audience to laugh.

"I was referring to an interview given to Attitude magazine a few years ago," Graeme said.

This is where the interview takes on a whole new level of awkward.

"But what is your question?" the soon-to-be dad posed.

"I was wondering if you find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality," Coleman said.

You really need to see it to believe it, so here is a short clip of the awkwardly-funny moment. 

Also look at actress, Emily Browning's face at the end – it is priceless. 

 

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After both Cara Delevingne and Kristen Stewart announcing this Summer that they are sexually fliuid, it seems that Johnny Depp's daughter, Lily-Rose is following suit.

The 16-year-old made the move silently on Instagram, with just one photo posted from the Self-Evident Truth series. 

The series documents 10,000 people in the U.S who identify as not 100 percent straight. Lily-Rose, as photographer Tillett Wright notes in the caption, "falls somewhere on the vast spectrum [of sexuality]". 

Cara  Delevingne is also a member of this club and believes that the idea of sexuality should not be reduced to labels. 

Lily-Rose also appeared in Love magazine last weekend alongside Miley Cyrus's rumoured girlfriend, Stella Maxwell.

The photos were taken as part of the love goes beyond labels series in the magazine. 

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