"Pansexuality", also known as "Omnisexuality", is sexual attraction/sexual desire/romantic love/emotional attraction toward people regardless of all gender identities and biological sexes.
Pansexuals would consider pansexuality as a sexual orientation, and also refer to themselves as "gender-blind", asserting that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others.
The Oxford Dictionary of English defines pansexuality as, "not limited or inhibited in sexual choice with regard to gender or activity".
The concept of pansexuality rejects the gender binary, the "notion of two genders and indeed of specific sexual orientations", as pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women.
The prefix pan- comes from an Ancient Greek term meaning "all" or "every". Omni- comes from a Latin term meaning "all". "Pansexual" is derived from the word "pansexualism", dating back to 1917, which is the view "that the sex instinct plays the primary part in all human activity". This theory being credited to Sigmund Freud, it is a term of reproach leveled at early psychology, and is also defined as "the pervasion of all conduct and experience with sexual emotions".
The conceptualisation of "pansexuality" as distinct from "pansexualism" contrasts with other predominant prefixes attached to sexual and gender roots. Traditional thought employs the prefixes;
A transgender identity opens up a gender continuum rather than a gender binary rubric, but does not discard or disregard the idea of gender altogether.
A literal dictionary definition of Bisexuality, due to the prefix bi-, is sexual or romantic attraction to two sexes (males and females), or to two genders (men and women).
Pansexuality, composed with the prefix pan-, is the sexual attraction to people of all sexes and genders.
Using these definitions, pansexuality is different in that it includes people who are intersex and/or fall outside the gender binary.
Go Ask Alice! states that pansexuals can be attracted to cismen, ciswomen (meaning cisgender), "transmen, transwomen, intersex people, androgynous people, and everything else. It is generally considered a more inclusive term than Bisexual".
The definition of pansexuality encourages the belief that it is the only category that covers individuals who do not cleanly fit into the categories of male/man or female/woman. However, Bisexual people may object to the notion that Bisexuality means sexual attraction to only two genders, arguing that since Bisexual is not simply about attraction to two sexes and encompasses gender as well, it can include attraction to more than two genders.
The Bisexual Resource Center defines Bisexuality as "an umbrella term for people who recognize and honor their potential for sexual and emotional attraction to more than one gender".
Gender is considered more complex, as it includes genetic, hormonal, social, and environmental factors, and there are gender identities that are wholly similar to each other.
The term pansexuality is sometimes used interchangeably with Bisexuality, and, similarly, people who identify as Bisexual may feel that gender, biological sex, and sexual orientation should not be a focal point in romantic/sexual relationships.
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