Pansexual (What does it mean?)

In this blog post, we’ll be talking about the difference between pansexual and asexual.

We also speak about what does the word “sexuality” really mean, and answer some common questions regarding this subject. 

What is pansexuality?

Pansexuality or omnisexuality is sexual attraction or desire, romantic love or emotional attraction to people of all kinds, regardless of gender, nationality, social status or religion.

Pansexuals are followers of this current, they do not define their sexuality, moreover, they consider that between sexuality and gender (male-female) there are no big differences.

Pansexuals are attracted to romance, emotions, empathy and may perceive various forms of attraction for both sexes. 

They are usually interested in transsexuals, lesbians and people with an intersex physique/physiognomy.

For pansexuals, gender has no relevance, being completely insignificant.

The concept of pansexuality deliberately rejects the existence of the two genders (male and female) and pansexuals are open to relationships with people who do not identify at all with the classification between being female or male.

The prefix “pan” comes from ancient Greek and means “all”, “each” or “whole”, “Omni” comes from Latin and translates as “omnipresent”, “everywhere”. “Pansexual” is a derivative of the word “pansexualism” (published in 1917) and defines the individual for whom “sexual instinct plays a major role in all human, mental and physical activities.” 

The word “pansexual” seems to have been uttered for the first time by Sigmund Freud – an Austrian neuropsychiatrist, the founder of the school of psychoanalysis.

People often get confused about the difference between Bi and Pan, assuming them as same.

What is asexuality?

Asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a lack of interest in sex. Some critics disagree that asexuality is considered a sexual orientation because asexuals do not engage in sexual behaviour. 

According to other experts, asexual disinterest in sex is precisely an approach to sexuality.

In conclusion, the identification of asexuality as a sexual orientation is well-founded.

The concept of asexuality began to be analyzed in the 1940s and was recognized in 1970.

After 1990 the first asexual community was born, social networks were created through which followers of this belief established connections.

Today, anyone interested in communicating with other people of the same orientation can seek the services of the virtual community AVEN – Asexual Education and Visibility Network.

The definition of this term is not extremely clear. Some people with this belief have sexual and romantic relationships in various forms.

According to studies, about 1% of the global population is asexual. Asexuality does not exclude friendship, love and deep relationships with other people.

An asexual person simply does not show sexual attraction to other people.

However, they may experience romantic attraction or a more complex relationship.

Some such cases may involve the existence of two sexual orientations; for example, the situation of a woman who feels romantically attracted to another woman could be identified as an asexual lesbian.

Asexuality should not be confused with abstinence – abstinence is an individual choice meant to avoid sexuality for personal reasons.

Asexuality is not a choice, but rather a natural inclination. As with other sexual manifestations, it often manifests itself from the age of puberty.

In a society with people who have different sexual orientations, asexual people are in delicate situations. Ignorance of sexual activity can trigger awkward discussions, and the person in question may face rejection from others.

For this reason, most people of this type prefer to build relationships with people with the same beliefs.

From this aspect results in the importance of the role of sexual attraction in this orientation.

Differences between pansexuality and asexuality

Pansexuals are considered to be “transgender”, “transgender”, “intersex” or “androgynous”. They have consensual behaviour found only in adults.

Pansexuality is also the alternative term used for bisexuality, much more complex and comprehensive than this. 

It is true that among us there are people to whom – at least physically – we cannot attribute at first sight any belonging to a certain gender and this is due to the hormonal transformations, the genetic dowry they had, the environment in which they were born. developed so that they became intersex identities.

Pansexuality is the opposite of asexuality (also known as nonsexuality) and defines the group of individuals disinterested in sexual activity.

Asexuals are still able to offer love, affection and romance to others. 

They differ from bachelors in that bachelor’s self-imposed sexual abstinence for well-established reasons (religious or personal beliefs) while asexuals do not feel any physical desire for sex at all. 

Some asexuals marry out of a desire to have a child or to please certain people. Pansexual is not attracted to everyone!

He may meet people with whom he does not feel any physical feelings or emotions.

If bisexuals are attracted to both sexes, pansexuals do not take this into account. Pansexuals find attraction beyond gender, in personality, ideals and emotions.

Angel Haze perfectly defines this sexual identity: “I’m not gay, I’m not heterosexual, I’m not bisexual – I don’t care. At the end of the day, I just want someone to have a relationship with.

What does the word “sexuality” actually mean?

Sexuality is not just about sex, it is also about the emotions, attractions and desires you have. Obviously, it also includes sexual attraction, but it includes many other aspects besides it.

Same-sex sexual thoughts do not necessarily make you gay/bisexual. You may have certain thoughts that even excite you to a person of the same sex.

However, if you don’t fall in love with that person, if you can’t imagine yourself next to that person for better or worse, then you’re not gay.

Sexual impulses come and go, our minds and sexual attraction do not take into account the sex of that person.

However, our emotions and rational thinking take these aspects into account, so if you have doubts about your sexual orientation because you feel attracted to your same-sex colleague or a new person in the group of friends, then try to put yourself in the situation where you are married to that person. 

Do you see yourself living with him? Do you see yourself next to that person even when times are tough or just for a night of sex?

Sexual thoughts are a normal part of our lives. This is true regardless of the gender of the person you are attracted to.

Some people are not too interested in sex, and this is normal as well. People who are not attracted to either women or men are called asexual and there are many.

In fact, there is a community of asexual people on Reddit.

How do I know if I am asexual, heterosexual, bisexual or pansexual?

It takes time to realize who you are sexually, just as it takes time for any other aspect of our lives.

The most important thing is to act, to be honest with yourself always about your feelings and to respect those around you.

It’s great to have friends who know you and are interested in your sexual orientations, but you shouldn’t rely too much on their opinions. Only you know how you feel inside, no one else!

Try to meditate, get to know yourself and realize how you really feel. Give yourself time and don’t get impatient if you’re not sure yet.

It sometimes happens that we live our whole lives in a community where homosexuality is very badly seen and our mind cannot conceive that we are part of that community.

Give yourself time to get used to all the options and in the end, you will definitely realize who you really are!

What should I do if I identify with the opposite sex?

People who identify as belonging to the other category (for example, a woman feels like a man or a man feels like a woman) are called transgender.

Transgender people, in turn, may be attracted to people of the same or opposite sex. Their sexuality and sexual identification can be very different.

Some trans people choose to live life as it was offered to them while others choose to live as they feel. Do what makes you happy, live the way you want!

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Conclusions

In this blog post, we talked about the difference between pansexual and asexual. We also spoke about what does the word “sexuality” really mean, and answered some common questions regarding this subject. 

Pansexuals are considered to be “transgender”, “transgender”, “intersex” or “androgynous”.

They have consensual behaviour found only in adults. Pansexuality is also the alternative term used for bisexuality, much more complex and comprehensive than this. 

Asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a lack of interest in sex. Some critics disagree that asexuality is considered a sexual orientation because asexuals do not engage in sexual behaviour. 

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FAQ about pansexuality and asexuality

What is a pansexual person?

A pansexual person, or pansexuality, is sexual attraction or desire, romantic love or emotional attraction to people of all kinds, regardless of gender, nationality, social status or religion.

What is asexuality?

Asexuality should not be confused with abstinence – abstinence is an individual choice meant to avoid sexuality for personal reasons.

Asexuality is not a choice, but rather a natural inclination. As with other sexual manifestations, it often manifests itself from the age of puberty.

Are Bi and Pan the same thing?

No, bi and pan are not the same thing. Bi mean bisexuals – people who are attracted to multiple genders.

Pan means pansexual – people attracted to ALL genders.

How many genders are there now?

There are 5 genders now: male, female, hermaphrodite, female pseudohermaphroditism and male pseudohermaphroditism. 

Further reading 

Exploring the Dimensions of Human Sexuality, by  Jerrold S. Greenberg

Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics, by Shalonda Kelly

Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality (B&b Sociology) by David Newman 

Just Your Type: Create the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted Using the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul D. Tieger 

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References

Asexuality.org

Apa.org

Healthline.com

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