Originally published through the Age
Melbourne actress and former Neighbours star Caitlin Stasey has launched a new website called Herself.com, which features interviews with women on topics such as sexuality, womanhood, marriage and masturbation – accompanied by full-frontal nude photographs.
The feminist website has been set up as a space for women to “witness the female form in all its honesty without the burden of the male gaze; without the burden of appealing to anyone,” Stasey, who now appears in the comedy Please Like Me, explains on the site.
“These women are simply & courageously existing, immortalized within these photos,” she says on the website. “Let us reclaim our bodies. Let us take them back from those who seek to profit from our insecurity.”
The website features an interview with and photos of Stasey along with eight other women. In it she reveals her thoughts on everything from growing up with a single mother to her attraction to women to reproductive rights, candidly taking on both the personal and political.
“I’m sure I’m only cat-called because I’m a woman, and verbally thrashed online because I’m a woman. I once had a man stalk me for over a year,” she commented on how her gender has affected her life.
“I’ve been accused of ‘friend zoning’ again & again, that my kindness & flirtation were grounds to expect sex from me. I was warned by several dudes to modify my behaviour and be careful of leading men on. If I could go back in time I’d have laughed in their pathetic horny faces and waltzed off.”
“Women – Love each other, support each other, defend each other. It comes at a greater cost to you to attack the women around you than it does to empower them,” she added.
She also discussed her passion in increasing the number of LBGQTI characters in children’s television, media representation of women, and her open relationship with her boyfriend.
Female readers are encouraged to participate in the website using a provided email address.