Caitlin Stasey should be very proud of herself: a) she just launched a website, and b) she posed naked for said website. Both things take a lot of courage, that goes without saying, but the reasoning behind these acts are both inspiring and admirable.
The 24-year-old Australian actress, who is best known for her roles in Neighbours, Tomorrow When the War Began and CW’s Reign, is bringing issues surrounding body image, sexuality and gender roles to the table through her newly launched herself.com, hailing the website as “a gesture to women for women by women”.
The website shares stories and experiences of female individuals to encourage empowerment of women, accompanied by tasteful nude photography giving readers, according to Caitlin, “A chance to witness the female form in all its honesty without the burden of the male gaze, without the burden of appealing to anyone.”
Caitlin herself has courageously posed full-frontal for the page, while also spilling on sometimes-uncomfortable topics like puberty, masturbating and having “vivid dreams” about women. Even though she’s currently dating actor Lucas Neff, Caitlin also tells herself.com readers that she has always considered herself a “mostly” lesbian.
“I’ve known I was mostly gay ever since I can remember,” she explained in her interview. “I know it troubles many people for me to refer to myself as a lesbian considering I have a male partner.”
She continued, “I think they gather that it trivializes the plight of the LGBTQIA community & although that couldn’t be further from the truth at this point in my life I’m trying to steer as far from labeling as possible. Compartmentalizing myself only leads to condemnation & contradiction. I’m happier being fluid and I’m happier being honest.”
Caitlin is joined by several other women on the website, all of whom commendably join her in sharing their bodies and stories with confidence and empowerment. You can visit the website here to read Caitlin’s entire interview, and see the nude pics for yourself. Be prepared, though – it’s very NSFW.