Ruby Rose, the creator of this short film, wrote that only 48 hours after posting this video, she got 60,000 new Likes, 45,000 shares, and 900,000 plays on Facebook. Those numbers have gotten a lot bigger since then. Click play to see why.Slightly NSFW: Cameo appearance by a dildo.
Bottom line: Gender isn't just something we're born with — it can also be a function of expression. I love how this film blasts at rigid expectations of who can rightfully present as "masculine" or "feminine." I love even more how it helped me realize that even though gender and sexuality may be cut-and-dried to many of us, it's not for a lot of people. And for that matter, it shouldn't even have to be viewed as a choice.
Ruby Rose is joining the cast of "Orange Is the New Black" for the show's third season, which will air in June 2015 on Netflix. Given the show's progressive and often nuanced exploration of gender identity thus far, Rose seems like a perfect fit, and I could not be more excited to see what she brings to Litchfield.
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