Polysexual (What does it mean)

Polysexual

In this blog post, we will talk about the differences between pansexuality and polysexuality, Differences between pansexuality and bisexuality, Differences between pansexuality and omnisexuality and about sexual diversity.

What does it mean to be “polysexual”?

Polysexual means to have more sexualities and to be attracted to people with different gender identity and gender expression. 

Like pansexual, polysexual can be attracted to anyone, regardless of gender, male or female. However, for polysexual, sexual identity matters.

For example, if a polysexual is attracted to women, he will also be attracted to people who identify as women, such as transgender people.

People often don’t get the difference between Polysexual and Polyromantic.

Polysexual (What does it mean)

Differences between pansexuality and polysexuality

Polysexuality is defined as “attraction to people of more than two genders.”  The term “polysexual” is used by people who do not identify with hierarchical binarism.

They can be attracted to transsexuals, queers or third gender.

Although pansexuality detaches itself from the concept of gender since it is not considered a factor when it comes to feeling attraction, a pansexual person can potentially feel attraction towards people of any gender, so there is no limitation like that of polysexuality.

Pansexual people face discrimination from other members of the LGBT community, says Wikipedia.

Pansexual people have been accused of “avoiding labelling themselves bisexual to avoid associated stereotypes,” accusations that the pansexual community considers prejudicial and a form of pansexual erasure, leading to the stigmatization of pansexuality. 

Some pansexual people have also reported encountering problems in coming out of the closet and explaining what pansexuality is.

Other prejudices derived from the etymology of the word is thinking that pansexual people are attracted to everyone or that pansexuality includes paraphilias such as bestiality, paedophilia or necrophilia. Both ideas have been denied by the pansexual community.

Polysexual (What does it mean)

Differences between pansexuality and bisexuality

From a literal point of view, bisexuality is understood as “attraction to two genders” (prefix bi-, “two”), which is why it differs from the “all” of pansexuality.

In the context of gender dualism, the two genders that are the object of bisexuality are masculine and feminine; Pansexuality in this context recognizes that there are more than two genders and that gender identity and expression are flexible and fluid.

Despite the concept of bisexuality understood as “attraction to men and women” that predominates in the collective imagination, bisexual activists define their orientation as “attraction to two genders” (not necessarily binary genders), “towards more than one gender »,« Towards all genres »or« towards the same gender and different ».

Some people consider pansexuality as a branch of bisexuality (“bisexuality umbrella”), although some studies suggest that research be carried out on whether, on the contrary, bisexuality can be defined as a component of pansexuality.

On the other hand, in a study of some 700 bisexual people in the United States, it was found that “half of the bisexual and bisexual participants chose alternative labels such as queer, pansexual, pansensual, polifiel, ambisexual, polysexual, or identities personalized as “byke” or “bifilic”.

Differences between pansexuality and omnisexuality

Omnisexuality is the attraction to all genders. Although a pansexual person may potentially be attracted to people of all genders, the nuance of its definition (“gender independent attraction”) must be considered.

Thus, for an omnisexual person, gender is part of the attraction, while for a pansexual person it is not.

Polysexual (What does it mean)

What is sexual diversity?

Sexual diversity is an aspect that has accompanied human beings throughout their history, however, today many people are discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

When speaking of sexual diversity, reference is made to the different ways of expressing affection, eroticism, desire, and sexual and loving practices between people; These are not limited to couple relationships between a man and a woman, so it includes heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality. 

The term sexual diversity questions the idea that there is only one way to exercise sexuality and affects, making visible the existence of other ways of expressing them.

It also includes the idea that a person’s gender identity can be independent of the sex they were born with and their sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation

Sexual orientation is the ability of each person to feel emotional, affective, and sexual attraction to another person.

The following categories are commonly considered:

Bisexuality, feeling emotional, affective and sexual attraction for other people, be they, men or women, regardless of their sex or gender;

Heterosexuality, feeling emotional, affective and sexual attraction for people of different sex or gender than their own; and

Homosexuality, feeling emotional, affective and sexual attraction for people of the same sex or gender.

This category includes people who identify as gay and lesbian.

It should be clarified that sexual orientation is independent of biological sex and gender identity.

Free and equal

“Free and Equal” is an unprecedented global public education campaign by the United Nations for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

This project of the United Nations Office for Human Rights seeks to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and promote greater respect for the rights of LGBTI people worldwide.

As part of this campaign, millions of people are participating in conversations that will help promote the fair treatment of LGBTI people and will foster support for measures to protect their rights.

Polysexual (What does it mean)

Types of sexual orientation

Sexuality is about how we identify ourselves sexually, how we experience sexual and romantic attraction and interest and preferences around sexual and romantic relationships and behaviour.

Sexuality can be fluid, changing in different situations for some and for years for others.

Getting familiar with a language that describes different types of feelings and sexual and romantic orientations will help all of us, us, our partners, our friends … to navigate and understand the many ways that people experience and identify their sexuality.

Like all human phenomena, sexual activity has its origin and we have arrived at current sexual practices, attitudes and ethics through a long and winding journey from the animals that precede us, a journey that goes back to the earliest life of the world. universe.

We are already used to terms like transsexual, heterosexual or bisexual, but there are a wide variety of sexual tendencies. We explore them.

Asexual – Asexuality could be considered a lack of sexual orientation since asexual people feel neither physical nor sexual attraction to any person. They feel a lack of attraction or sexual desire.

It has nothing to do with sexual abstinence.

Aromatic – An aromatic is a person who does not experience romantic attraction to other people.

These people are not without emotional/personal connection to others, but they do not have an instinctive need to develop connections of a romantic nature.

Transgender – Person whose gender does not match the one that was socially assigned to you at birth.

Thus, the gender, the big genus, the pan genus, the androgynous, the transsexuals or the transvestites would enter into the transgender.

Graysexual or Gray-asexual – People who are between sexuality and asexuality. It is a more fluid connection between sexuality and asexuality, hence those who identify with this sexual tendency may feel heterosexual, gay, or any other sexual identity within or outside the binary of men and women.

Demisexual – Someone who identifies as demisexual does not usually feel sexual attraction unless they have already formed a strong emotional bond with that person. This link may or may not be romantic.

Lithsexual – People with this type of sexual orientation experience attraction to other people, but they certainly do not have the need to be reciprocated nor do they want the desire to be reciprocal.

Sapiosexual – Sapiosexuals are characterized by being attracted to a person’s intelligence. The link here is intellectual.

Skoliosexual – Skoliosexuality is the sexual tendency oriented to non-binary genders (men or women), that is, skoliosexuals are attracted to transgender people (identify as male, female, both or neither, which does not correspond to the gender they possess) and intergender (their identity is located in a middle point between two genders, usually binary).

A skoliosexual is attracted to people who are not cisgender (where gender identity and gender assigned at birth coincide).

Pansexual – Pansexuality refers to those people who feel that they are sexually, emotionally or spiritually capable of falling in love with all genders.

Polysexual – Similar to pansexuality, a polysexual person may be attracted to some people of a different gender or different sex, but without all sexes or genders attracting in the same way or at the same level.

Autosexual – In autosexuality, the attraction is towards oneself, as a way to nurture self-love. Self-sexes can also be asexual.

Polysexual (What does it mean)

Conclusions

In this blog post, we talked about the differences between pansexuality and polysexuality; Differences between pansexuality and bisexuality; Differences between pansexuality and omnisexuality and about sexual diversity.

Like pansexual, polysexual can be attracted to anyone, regardless of gender, male or female. However, for polysexual, sexual identity matters.

For example, if a polysexual is attracted to women, he will also be attracted to people who identify as women, such as transgender people.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!

FAQ on polysexual

What is the difference between Polysexual and pansexual?

Although pansexuality detaches itself from the concept of gender since it is not considered a factor when it comes to feeling attraction, a pansexual person can potentially feel attraction towards people of any gender, so there is no limitation like that of polysexuality.

What does it mean if you’re Polysexual?

Polysexual means to have more sexualities and to be attracted to people with different gender identity and gender expression. 

Like pansexual, polysexual can be attracted to anyone, regardless of gender, male or female. However, for polysexual, sexual identity matters. 

What does Lgbtiqcapgngfnba mean?

LGBTIQCAPGNGFNBA ar ethe initials for the following gender identities:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Curious, Asexual, Pansexual, Gender-non-conforming, Gender-Fluid, Non-binary, and Androgynous.

How many sexualities are there?

There are over 46 concepts that describe sexual behaviour, sexual attraction and orientations.

What is a 4 person relationship called?

A 4 or more person relationship is called polyamory. 

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 

References

Asexuality.org

Medicalnewstoday.com

Wiki.asexuality.org

Polysexual (What does it mean)

Nadejda Romanciuc

Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.