Humans love nothing more than to file things neatly away; sexuality is no different. “Who do you do?” is as pertinent a question for us as “What do you do?” We want to know someone’s sexual preference so we can put them in a box. Straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual – hand me a Sharpie so I can make a note.
But when someone doesn’t fit so neatly into society’s tightly constructed categories of sexuality? Well, prepare to continually explain yourself, or, if you’re Cate Blanchett, to be met with scandalous headlines.
Yesterday, news broke that the 45-year-old actress had revealed to Variety magazine that she’s had “many” relationships with women in the past. Now, we’ve all had many relationships with women in the past, but Blanchett was talking about her upcoming role as Carol, a bisexual character in a film of the same name.