By Natalie Brown
What’s in a name anyway? Our younger generations appear to be leading the way in casting off the shackles of the labels that have defined our sexual orientation in the past, and opting for more ambiguity in their sexual endeavours. Not only are they more likely to choose for themselves, but they are empowered enough to stand up for what they believe in without hesitating about what people might think of them, or their choices. Speaking with members of Generation Y, (loosely defined as those who were born between 1980 and 1996) has revealed that they refuse to categorise themselves as either straight, gay or bi, and are opting for a more fluid representation of who they are.
A rejection of linear values appears to lay at the heart of this new movement of sexually aware, intelligent, forthright ‘gender irrelevant’ folk. This diversity of choice appears to be redefining the rules on sex, marriage, ‘the family’ and race. They may want to be with a man one month and a woman the next, and then back to a man. They may choose to dress like a man one day and a woman the next, or their identity could be neither, or both. Any way it goes is ok. Any way is acceptable, as long as they are happy with being who they are at the time. These new generations refuse to be defined under the traditional values and labelling systems that the mainstream generally slaps on minority groups. As long as things are fluid, moving and changing they are happy to adapt and redefine themselves according to wherever they choose to go, and whoever they choose to be with.
In the bigger picture this means that these younger, more open-minded generations are leading the way in demanding change in policy at a political level, to better reflect the changing face of who we are as human beings. According to CNN’s exit polls, it was Gen Y who played a large part in the election of Barac Obama. 66% of 18-29year olds voted for him, not seeing his ethnicity, or the party that he was representing, they voted for him because he asked them to join a movement for change. What do we want? Change! When do we want it? Now! In this more diverse view of society and the world, the traditional values around sex, marriage, race and religion are no longer valid and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us. The movement of diversity is leading the way for all human beings towards a state of oneness, greater understanding, acceptance and more love for each other. Bring it on, I say!
By Natalie Brown