What is the difference between pansexuality, polysexuality and bisexuality?
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Pansexuality is the sexual attraction to people of all genders. Many describe themselves as "falling in love with a person, not a gender". Bisexuality is similar, but it is characterised as the sexual attraction to two genders (usually the person in question's own gender and one other one). Bisexuality and Pansexuality are both forms of Polysexuality, which is the sexual attraction to more than one gender.
Pansexual= all genders, polysexual=some genders, bisexual= male and female. Thats all I need to say but because it's 100 words minimum I'll just write this sentance
pansexuality is the attraction to someone regardless of gender, including trans, non-binary, agender, etc. bisexuality, however, is the attraction to two different genders, usually female and male but really depends on the person. pansexuality and bisexuality are forms of polysexuality, which means attracted to more than one gender. But really, labels shouldn't matter and you should love who you love. labels only set boundaries.
The term bisexual comes to us from the social sciences and describes a person with both homosexual (lit. same sex) and heterosexual (lit. different sex) attractions. It is an open and inclusive term for many kinds of people with same-sex and different-sex attractions. Terms like pansexual, polysexual, omnisexual, and ambisexual also describe a person with homosexual and heterosexual attractions, and therefore people with those labels are also bisexual. By replacing the prefix bi – (two, both) with pan- (all), poly- (many), omni- (all), ambi- (both, and implying ambiguity in this case), people who adopt these labels seek to clearly express the fact that gender does not factor into their own sexuality. This does not mean, however, that people who identify as bisexual are fixated on gender.
Most simple explanation I can think of: Pansexual is capable of having universal love they love who or what they want within legal boundaries regardless of societies views, polysexual is someone who is capable of loving as many people as they want at one time, and bisexual is someone who is is capable of loving the same or opposite gender as themselves. To be clear that's being in love with not just the sexual part of it.
Pansexuals can feel sexual attraction to any gender. For example, Keisha can feel sexual attraction to any gender, she doesn't have a preference. Polysexuals can feel sexual attraction to many, or most genders. For example, Jamie can feel sexual attraction to men, women, and agender people. Bisexuals can feel sexual attraction to 2 or more genders. For example, Claire can feel sexual attraction to non binary people and men.
Pansexuality is when a person is attracted to all genders. Polysexuality is when a person is attracted to some genders. Bisexuality is when a person is attracted to two genders.
Valid question! Pansexuality is sexual attraction to people of any gender, polysexuality is attraction to multiple but not all genders, and bisexuality is attraction to two genders. ^^
Pansexuality is commonly accepted as an attraction to all genders. Some name as attraction regardless of gender. Polysexuality is generally accepted as an attraction to most, but not all, genders. Bisexuality is usually acknowledged as an attraction to one's own gender, and another gender.
Bisexual is being attracted to boys and girls. Pansexual is being attracted to boys, girls, and trans. Polysexuality is just the attraction to multiple genders.
Pansexual= Sexual attraction to any and all genders Polysexual= Sexual attraction to more than two genders, but not all. Bisexual= Sexual attraction to only two genders
Pansexuals have an ability to feel sexual attraction to anybody, regardless of gender. Polysexuality is distinct from polyamory, the desire to be intimately involved with more than one person at once, or pansexuality, which is attraction to all genders and sexes. Polysexuality encompasses many, but not necessarily all, sexualities Bisexuals can feel attraction towards both men and women, but do not feel attraction to thoes who do not fit these categories, e.g, non-binary people
Pansexual means that you are attracted to all genders. Polysexual means that you are attracted to multiple genders, but not all. For example, I'm Polysexual, and I'm attracted to girls and non binary people. But I don't like guys. And bisexual means that your attracted to two or more genders. Most people who use the label bisexual are attracted to guys and girls.
Pansexuality (pan=all) means you are attract to people of all genders. I like to think of this as hearts, not parts (even though you might have your preferences). Polysexuality (poly=multiple,many) means you are attracted to multiple genders. Not just 1,2, or all, but many off of the spectrum. If you are bisexual (bi=2) that means you are attract to the 2 "main" genders: male/female.
Bisexuality is the easiest to define so I'll start there. Bisexuality means that a person is attracted to males and females in terms of sex and gender in the binary system. Poly- and Pansexuality are both terms for when a person is attracted to anyone regardless of there sex or gender along the spectrum. This means they can be attracted to trans, androgynous and people who don't identify as any gender for example. The only difference between Pan and Poly is what a person prefers to identify as.
As far as I'm personally aware (I'm pansexual), Bisexuality is sexual attraction to both binary genders (male and female). Pansexuality is sexual attraction to all genders and sexes, whereas Polysexuality is sexual attraction to multiple genders and sexualities, though not necessarily all.
The difference is basically about binary/non-binary gender concepts. If you identify as bisexual you believe there are two genders (male/female) and you're attracted to both. Now, pansexuals and polysexuals don't stick to a binary model. A pansexual may say: "There are more than two genders and I'm attracted to all of them", while a polysexual would say: "There are more than two genders and I'm attraced to some of them."
A bisexual will have interest in two specific genders, usually their own and another (example: a female who is attracted to males and females) Polysexual implies that you have interest in several genders, and pansexual is if you have interest in all genders
Pansexuality is attraction to all genders, boy, girl, and anyone outside the binary. Polysexuality is the attraction to some, but not all genders. For example, liking all genders except for boys. Bisexuality means liking two genders. Boy and girl, agender and girl etcetera.
Bisexuality was originally meant to mean a sexual attraction to 2 or more genders. Since then, it means two genders (not necessarily just males and females), polysexuality is 2 or more, but not all genders, whereas pansexuals are attracted to every gender. These sexualities tend to be hypersexualized and been thought to be more prone to engaging I threesomes or cheating, but neither is true. These sexualities are just as valid and normal as any other.
Bisexuality is that you're attracted to men and women. Pansexuality is that you're attracted to men, women, intersexual, gender-queer, transsexual and other gender identities. Polysexuality is that you're attracted to attracted to more than one gender but don't want to identify as bisexual because it infers that there are only two genders.
Pansexuals feel sexually attracted to all genders. Polysesxuals feel sexually attracted to multiple genders. Bisexuals feel sexually attracted to the two binary genders (male and female).
This sexual identities are defined taking into account that there are more that two gender-identities (not just females and males). So, bisexuals are the ones that feel attracted to men and women; polysexuals feel attracted to more that one gender (it doesn't have to be two and it doesn't have to be men or women). Pansexuals are the ones that feel attaction towards all gender-identites; they see people as people and don't pay attention to gender-identities. I hope that it helped :)
Pansexuality is sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity.Polysexuality is the attraction to multiple genders or sexes..Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females
Pansexuality basically means that you don't care about gender, meaning you can technically fall in love with anyone. polysexuality means that you are attracted to more than one gender, and bisexuality means that you are attracted to both, female and male people.
Bisexuality. The prefix "bi" means two so, bisexuality is when someone is attracted to two genders, usually their own gender and the opposite sex gender. The prefix in pansexuality "pan" means all. So pan sexual people are people who are attracted to all genders. A lot of people prefer using the term pan sexual because it includes transgender people and non binary genders. This makes the term more inclusive. Polysexuality is when someone is attracted to multiple genders, but not necessary all. For example: Amy is bisexual because she is attracted to men and women. Peter is pansexual because he is attracted to men,women, transgender men,transgender women, and all non binary genders/gender queer people. Max is polysexual because he is attracted to men,women and gender queer people. I hope that makes a little bit of sense.
Pansexual means you are attracted to any gender, including the non-binary genders. Polysexual means you tend to be attracted to multiple people. Bisexual means you are only attracted to the two binary genders, girl and boy.
Pansexuality is sexual attraction to people with any gender identity. Bisexuality is sexual attraction to two genders (commonly males and females) and polysexuality means attraction to more than one gender.
Polysexuality is where you like some but not all of the sexes. Bisexuality is you like both male or female. Pansexuality is where you like all of the sexes including transgender male and female
Pansexuality is when one doesn't see boundaries when looking for a sexual or romantic partner in terms of gender. Pansexuality literally means "all-sexual". Polysexuality is attraction to two or more genders, but not all. Bisexuality is the attraction to two genders, but no more than two, as bi- means "two." These two genders are most commonly male and female.
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