What does Pansexuality mean?

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What does Pansexuality mean?

In case you have been living under a rock, you would know that gender is not the same thing that they once were. More and more people understand gender fluidity and sexual fluidity.

The gender is no longer the plane old male and female but has huge diversity where no one has to fit in a bracket. With gender fluidity came sexual fluidity, more and more people are now identifying themselves as bisexuals, and there are a whole lot who even call themselves” pansexuals.” 

What Does It Mean To Be A Pansexual? 

Recently Miley Cyrus came out to the world as a pansexual, and while many lauded her for this, there were those who were stumped by what the term means. Miley who in her own words found herself attracted to people of any gender or sex said that she realized that she was pansexual after becoming a part of the LGTB community in Los Angeles and meeting a gender-neutral person. 

A pansexual person may be attracted to anyone who identifies as a man or a woman. They may also be attracted to those who identify themselves as intersex, third-gender, androgynous, transsexual or a person of any other sexual and gender identity. The reason why a person identifies as a pansexual, it is for a specific purpose which is that they are attracted to various gender and sexual identities. They do not love someone based on their gender, and this umbrella term pretty much encompasses every gender possible.

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The Difference Between Bisexual And Pansexual 

In case of a bisexual, a person can be sexually attracted to both males and females and is completely capable of engaging in a sexual relationship with either of the sexes. Though a bisexual is capable of forming a solid and everlasting relationship with any of the two genders yet they would be pulled to one particular gender more. Pansexuals, on the other hand, are not limited to the gender division of male and female and are capable of being in a relationship with anyone. They believe that gender is a social construct and you should be able to experience everything in that vast spectrum. 

For a pansexual, gender is not important, and they can generally engage in a romantic relationship with all possible identities. The pansexual community believes that as we have steadily evolved as people, the language of love and relationship also has to evolve and become all the more inclusive.  

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Misconception Related To Pansexuality 

Any new term that refers to how people sexually identify themselves come under the radar and attracts a lot of misconception. Most often people think that it is the promiscuous people who are trying to sleep around with anyone and thus, identify themselves as pansexual. While there are those, who think pansexual includes bestiality, pedophilia, and in some cases even paraphilias such as objectophilia. Again pansexual does not mean being debauched or being attracted to inanimate things. It is just another broader expression of sexuality.

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