Many people try to define pansexuality by opposing it to bisexuality, and vice versa.
A pansexual person (“pan” meaning “all”) is a person who has a sexual, emotional, romantic or spiritual attraction to an individual, regardless of biological sex, gender expression or sexual orientation.
But bisexuality, thus, remains anchored in a binary schema: there are men, there are women and one can, in the course of one’s life, be as well attracted sexually or sentimentally by one as by the other.
A palette that has its flag: pink, yellow and blue. The pink represents the attraction to women, the blue the attraction to men and the yellow the attraction to non-binary people.
With this in mind, the acronym for the LGBT community – for lesbian, gay, bi and Trans – now has a version that is more accurate and closer to our experiences and feelings: LGBTQIA+. The Q stands for Queer, the I for Intersex, the A for Asexual, and the + to multiply the sexual orientations, to get out of the famous boxes to define our sexuality, and to claim all the deep emotional links.
Commonalities between bisexuality and pansexuality
Defining and distinguishing between pansexuality and bisexuality is one thing. But what these two sexual orientations have in common is the attraction for several genders, whether they are counted by two or more. They affirm an openness and invite, without any injunction, the individuals to leave the educational and strongly anchored sexual patterns.
If Freud worked on the notion of bisexuality and the very fact that human beings have both male and female sexual dispositions (all bisexuals?), are we – to go further – all pansexuals? Am I pansexual myself? Are we all inclined to love and feel strong emotions for any type of individual?
The question remains interesting, but the answer is highly intimate and individual. Each person is free to question or not, to initiate an introspection or not, to come out or not.
Let’s stop trying to be everything or nothing. We are, period. And we let ourselves be guided by our desires, our desires, our encounters, our couples, far from boxes and dictionaries.
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