“Pansexual” is a term many are unfamiliar with. The term pansexual generally is used for a person who does not classify their sexuality with a person’s sex, rather their gender. They believe that there is a set difference between sex and gender. Gender being the socially constructed condition of being male or female and sex being the biological condition of male or female.

People who are pansexual may be attracted to various forms of romance while being aroused by variety of sexual acts on a carnal level. Some suggest that pansexuality is more accurately described by its characteristics human or person-oriented. Despite a person’s fluid sexuality, some may have a preference.

(from Sex+: I’m Pansexual!?)

A person who is pansexual may be attracted to all genders and sexes. For example, for pre-operative transsexual people, other people who are pansexual, masculine lesbians, intersexed people, etc, pansexual can also refer to an organization, event, or group. In this situation, pansexual is defined as meaning open or welcome to all genders and avoiding any references towards one’s sexual orientation or gender.

Occasionally, pansexuality is defined as a person who displays their sexuality in many different ways or as someone who is open to a variety of sexual activities; however, both of these definitions have become rare.

Etymology

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Courtesy: Panpride

The word pansexual comes from the Greek prefix pan-, which translated means “all”. Pansexual is derived from the word pansexualism, which is dated back to 1917. This is the view that the sex instinct plays the primary part in all human, mental and physical activity. According to Sigmund Freud, it is a term of reproach leveled at early psychology.

The conceptualization of pansexuality as distinct from pansexualism contrasts with predominant prefixes attached to the sexual and gender roots. Traditionally thought of as employing the prefixes hetero- (opposite), homo- (same), bi- (two) and trans- (‘across’). A transgender identity opens up a gender continuum rather than a gender binary rubric, but it does not discard or disregard the idea of gender altogether.

Also Known As: omnisexuality, omnisexual, gender-blind, and heteroflexible

Are you gay?

Nah, I’m pan.”

“I’ve yet to hear that one, pan?”

“Pansexual just means I am attracted to the person, instead of their gender or gender identification.”

Differences between Pansexuality and Polysexuality

Pan means “all” while Poly means “many” and so there are some similar overlaps. a Polysexual may be attracted to some gender variant people but not have the capability or desire to be with some others. Pansexuals are open to any person regardless of their gender or sex.

 

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Compilation by Xiluva Costa

View the original sources:

Panpride
Livescience
About relationships
Wikipedia
Stop-homophobia
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