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It’s Cara Delevingne’s ‘Planet Sex,’ And We’re All Just Living In It

Cara Delevingne is a model, actress, activist, and now host of ‘Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne,’ a provocative new six-part documentary series produced for Britain’s BBC Three that premieres in the U.S. on Hulu just in time for Valentine’s Day, on February 14. A thoughtful, probing, rowdy, heartfelt, and at times over-serious investigation of sex in the 21st century, the show lets viewers tag along as the LGBTQ+ icon explores her sexual identity while traveling around the world talking to other people about sex. The series is at its best when its model star steps out of the role of host and bares her own complicated feelings towards her gender, her body, and her sexual orientation.

At the top of the first episode, entitled “Out and Proud?”, Delevingne outlines her own sexuality. “I date men, but, oh, do I love women,” she confesses. “I was born female but often feel like a guy.” That this admission comes from someone who is loosely affiliated to royalty, who has walked the runway for the world’s biggest fashion brands (Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Burberry among them), and who has been anointed by Forbes as one of the world’s highest paid models is no small thing. While the “Suicide Squad” star is, per Variety, “one of Hollywood’s most visible queer actors,” it’s her willingness to share her insecurities and internal questioning while the “Planet Sex” cameras are on her that delivers the program’s most compelling moments.

At Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, she judges a “queer twerking competition.” In Tokyo, she meets a gay rights activist who happens to be a Buddhist monk. In London, she ventures to a “sex lab” to don a “vagina monitor” to see how she responds while watching porn. In Berlin, she explores the science behind “the orgasm gap” (which is also the title of the second episode). In Japan, she meets an artist promoting “vagina positivity” who shows her how to make a mold of her vagina; “My vagina is the one private thing I have,” says Delevingne, explaining why the viewer doesn’t get to see the mold she has made. In New York, she meets a clitoris sculptor and attends a masturbation class. In perhaps the show’s most interesting scenario, Delevingne checks out a women-only sex party—“Here your pleasure is paramount,” the host announces—where a “consent fairy” makes sure everyone’s boundaries are being respected (“If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no,” the consent fairy advises), where she gets spanked and administers a spanking and two other attendees do a tequila shot off her body, and where a blonde fellow party-goer lounging in turquoise lingerie observes: “Here, it’s all about girls and pleasure and their right to own that.”

In “What’s Your Gender?”, the third episode of “Planet Sex,” Delevingne compares her experience of gender to “a multicolored sea,” adding that, “for me it never feels fixed.” In the past, she says, she has struggled with depression, suicidal thoughts, and had a “mental breakdown,” much of it, we gather, because of the conflicting demands of what was going on inside of her and what the world wanted her to be, a problem, it seems, that was compounded by her widespread fame. In reality, viewers see, sexual identity is far more fluid than boringly binary. From Oaxaca, Mexico’s third-gender muxe, to Jersey City’s River Gallo, a Salvadoran-American actor, filmmaker, and intersex activist battling “a hetero-patriarchal agenda,” to Japan’s danso, in which women dress as men, our sexuality identities exist on a globe-spanning spectrum.


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