Sexuality Education

Understanding Pansexuality: Five Essential Facts You Should Know by Lisa

Many celebrities, ⁤including Janelle Monáe, Bella Thorne, Miley⁢ Cyrus, Asia Kate Dillon, Brendon Urie, Tess Holliday, and⁢ Jazz Jennings, have publicly identified as pansexual. But what does it mean to be pansexual, and how does it differ from other LGBTQ+ identities​ such as bisexuality?

Pansexuality is an identity ⁤that is gaining recognition within the queer community. ⁣It signifies an individual’s attraction to people of all genders and⁣ sexual orientations. According‌ to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, pansexuality is a “sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity ‌or sexual orientation.” This means that pansexual individuals ​can be attracted to⁣ cisgender, ‌transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming individuals, and anyone who identifies outside the traditional gender binary.

Despite its growing recognition, pansexuality is often ⁣misunderstood. This article aims to clarify what it means to be pansexual and debunk some common misconceptions. Here are some key points to understand about pansexuality:

The ‌terms “pansexuality” and “bisexuality” are often used interchangeably, but they have‍ different ⁣meanings.

The ⁣prefix ‘pan-‘ means ‘all,’ so pansexuality refers to an attraction to all genders or​ an attraction that is ⁣not limited by gender. On the other hand, bisexuality is commonly understood as an attraction to two genders, typically men and ‍women. However, bisexuality is ‍not strictly binary and can encompass attraction to both the same and different genders. Some individuals may⁢ identify as both pansexual ⁢and bisexual, depending on the context, and may also use the⁢ term⁤ ‘queer’ to describe themselves.

Pansexual individuals⁢ can be⁢ attracted to any gender, but that doesn’t mean they’re attracted to everyone.

It’s a common misconception that pansexuals are attracted to everyone they meet. Just like any other sexual orientation, attraction is not guaranteed for every individual they encounter.

The term ‘pansexual’ is not new.

The Oxford English Dictionary traces the term ‘pansexual’ back to⁢ the early 1900s, where it was⁣ used in ⁢psychology to describe sex as a primary motivator for humans. The current definition, which refers to a non-binary sexual attraction, has been⁤ in use since the late⁢ 1960s.

Pansexuality and polyamory are not the same.

While some pansexual individuals may also identify as polyamorous, the two terms refer to different ⁤aspects of sexuality. Pansexuality‍ is about the genders that one⁣ is attracted to, while polyamory refers to the capacity to have multiple romantic or sexual relationships simultaneously.

Pansexuality is not uncommon.

Contrary to popular belief, bisexuality and by extension, pansexuality, are becoming ⁣increasingly common. As society ⁢becomes more educated about nonbinary identities, it’s likely that more people will identify as pansexual.

Further reading:

Understanding Anxiousexuality

Why⁢ Our⁢ Genital Appearance Matters to Us

How to Support‍ a Friend Who Identifies as Nonbinary

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All You Need to Know About Asexuality by Lisa

It’s common knowledge that ⁤some⁤ individuals are ⁢sexually attracted to ⁢women, while others are ​attracted to​ men.‌ We’re aware of the​ existence⁣ of heterosexual, bisexual, and​ homosexual individuals, ‍and discussions about ⁣gender ⁣nuances, non-binary identities, trans identities, ⁣and pansexuality have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Sexuality ⁤seems to be‍ a broader ⁤and more ⁤diverse topic than ever before, encompassing a wide range of experiences. However, one community often‌ gets overlooked in this inclusive⁤ movement, and I’ve taken it upon​ myself⁢ to rectify this.

My name is Yasmin Benoit, a British⁤ lingerie model and advocate for ⁣asexuality. Leveraging the platform I’ve gained through my modelling ⁤career, I’ve chosen ‌to raise awareness about asexuality, ⁢empower the community, and‍ introduce it to areas ‌where it’s been previously absent. This includes media, education,​ policy-making, academic⁢ research, sex-positive spaces, and publications like‌ GQ. I’m here to provide an overview of asexuality, ‍often⁤ referred to as “the ​invisible orientation”,‌ which you may have ⁣heard of but likely don’t know ⁢much about. This article might even lead to your asexual awakening…

1. Understanding Asexuality

Contrary to what the‍ term ⁤might suggest, asexuality doesn’t imply a complete lack of sexuality, sexual feelings, desire, or association (yes, the dictionary got this one wrong). Asexuality refers to experiencing little to no sexual attraction towards others, regardless of their ‌gender,⁣ or⁢ having minimal ‌to⁣ no ‍sexual desire ​for others. I like to describe⁢ it as the sexual orientation that ⁢isn’t​ oriented in⁤ any particular ⁢direction.

It’s important to note that there are asexual individuals ‍who still⁢ enjoy sex, even if they ⁤don’t experience sexual‍ attraction towards their ⁣partner. There are asexual individuals who masturbate, have a libido, and can experience orgasms just like anyone else. There ​are ⁢asexual individuals⁣ with‍ kinks, who work in⁤ the sex industry, who enjoy⁣ erotica and porn,​ and are ​comfortable⁢ with sexual‌ associations. Asexuality should not⁤ be confused with celibacy or abstinence – it’s a sexual orientation, not a ‌lifestyle ​choice or a religious ⁤decision. It’s also not a social commentary, so being asexual doesn’t mean one⁣ is ⁣against sex, slut-shaming, or expressing an inability ​to find a sexual partner (i.e., asexuals are not incels).

2. Debunking Misconceptions

You might be wondering: what if asexual individuals just haven’t⁢ met the right person yet? The truth ⁤is,⁣ many of us‌ have, and yet our asexuality remains. I ⁣know asexual individuals who are married, have children, experience​ romantic attraction, and find non-romantic love.⁣ Asexuality is not a reflection of ⁤the people around you any more than⁢ being gay⁤ is a reflection of finding all ‌members​ of‌ the opposite ⁣sex unattractive or unappealing. Being attractive doesn’t “cure”‍ asexuality. I’m a ​huge ⁤fan of Megan⁢ Fox, but if ⁤given the chance, I’d politely ask her ‌to leave my bed. Love isn’t a “cure” either. There is no ⁣”cure” because asexuality isn’t a‌ disease or an unfortunate condition; it’s not a hormone imbalance or ‌a​ guarantee of⁤ eternal ⁤loneliness.

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