Pansexual is another term that comes under the lgbt+ umbrella. Pansexuality is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. The prefix “Pan” comes from the Greek word ‘Pan’ meaning ‘all’. Oxford Dictionary defines Pansexual as not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity.
The meaning of Pansexual is clear: someone who is attracted either emotionally, physically or both to all genders. This includes male, female, transgender, agender and genderqueer etc.
Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, meaning they don’t care about gender, they can date anyone if they want to.
Whenever you ask someone What is bisexuality? What does bisexual mean? you may find the different answers, depending upon whom you ask. According to Wikipedia “Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or to more than one sex or gender.”
Being attracted to the gender the same as your own, and gender other than your own. More than one gender but not All gender like Pansexual.
Prefix BI Mean- Two. That’s what confusing to people, By name, bisexual means that someone is attracted to two sexes, primarily male and female. People believe that term Bisexual does not include non-binary people, not even trans. hence people prefer to label themselves as Pansexual.
- Also Read: What Does Transgender Mean? Gender Identity
Pansexual Vs Bisexual :
Although both definitions are somewhat similar but The difference rests on the focus on attraction towards other gender identity. Bisexual mean “attracted to two or more genders.” Pansexual mean “attracted to all genders.” Bisexuality is defined as attraction to people who are of the same gender and gender other than your own. So that mean any two or more genders but not all of them.”
Bisexuality implies that there are only two genders, male and female. Pansexuality, on the other hand, implies that there are more than two genders. Pansexuals have no problem dating or sleeping with a transgender or non- binary/genderqueer (people who do not identify as just man or woman).
You can identify as Bisexual or Pansexual, because they kind of fit into the same sort of thing. But there are a few reasons why you might prefer one to the other.
Let’s say you ask your friends Which flavor of ice cream do they like? One friend say, “ I like more than one flavor” Another friend might say, “I like all flavor.” Now, the first friend might like all flavor or might not like all but few. because “more than one” does not mean All. But technically “all flavor”, by definition, is more than one.
Some people feel that pansexual falls into the category of bisexual because bisexual is a broad term that means more than one but it isn’t the same thing, because “More than one” isn’t the same as “All.”
There is nothing anything wrong with using one term over the other.
If you prefer one term to label yourself that doesn’t make the other term is bad. They’re both genuine identities, and there’s plenty of good reasons to use either term for yourself.
If you are attracted to more than one gender, how do you know which is the most appropriate label for you? There is nothing wrong with being Bisexual or Pansexual. Whatever you choose, that is the right label for you. If you labeled yourself as ‘bi’ but later you learn about pansexuality and you think ‘Pan’ more appropriate for you, or vice versa, you’re allowed to change your labels.
People are so hung up on labels and they try to live their life like a textbook definition. We should focus more on ourselves and live a happy and loveful life.