Willy Hudson: ‘Top and bottom labels need to disappear’

Willy Hudson compares top and bottom stereotypes (PinkNews)

Top, bottom and versatile labels are “so unhelpful and so unnatural” that we should “dissolve” the categories, says queer playwright Willy Hudson.

Hudson has written an autobiographical show called Bottom, exploring the labels often plastered over apps such as Grindr.

He tells PinkNews: “We do need to reshape the way we think about sex.

“Top or bottom is something we all talk about and we all joke about but we don’t really challenge it and interrogate it, and think: Is this actually helpful for me?”

What do top, bottom and vers mean?

Top, bottom and vers labels aren’t reflective of all the different kinds of sex and intimacy that can exist, says Hudson.

“Sex is about connection, it’s about vulnerability, it’s about intimacy,” he explains.

“There’s a whole world which is way more than just top, bottom or vers.”

The queer performer from Devon began exploring the top and bottom labels more seriously after moving to London and finding himself trying to place himself within a narrow category.

“I’d always been a bottom when I was having sex,” he tells PinkNews.

“I was getting lost in partying all the time and working loads of jobs.

“All of my life was kind of falling apart a bit. I was dating this guy for a bit and I felt that I needed to be a top and was reading some signs that I thought were there.”

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