Is Being PanSexual as Being BiSexual The Same Thing ?
i). What Is Bisexual means ?
Bisexual - you 're attracted to people of both genders, right ?...
Gender isn't a binary, meaning that people don't all fall into the categories of " men " or " women ".
" Nonbinary " is a word that describes people who don't exclusively identify as either a man or a woman.
Non-binary people could identify as bi-gender, a-gender, or genderfluid, to name only a few terms. So, " both genders " is a misnomer.
So, are bisexual people only attracted to men and also women, and not non-binary people ? No, not necessarily.
Non-binary people have been acknowledged by, and as a part of, the bisexual community for many decades.
In fact, the 1990 Bisexual Manifesto acknowledged that non-binary people exist, and many bisexual groups started defining bisexual as being attracted to two or more genders.
Bisexuality means different things to different people.
To some people, it means attraction to two or more genders, or multiple genders.
To others, it means attraction to people of the same gender and people who are another gender.
Some bisexual people might only be attracted to men and women and not non-binary people, but that's not only every bisexual person's experience.
ii). What Is Pansexual means ?
The prefix " pan- " means " all. Similarly, pansexuality means that you're attracted to people of all genders.
This includes people who don't identify with any gender (a-gender).
Many pansexual people describe themselves as being attracted to people based on personality, not only gender.
Note that pansexual doesn't mean you're attracted to all people.
For example, heterosexual men aren't attracted to all women, and vice versa.
It simply means that they find themselves attracted to people of all sorts of gender categories.
iii). Question Now Are They The Same ?
" Bisexual " and " Pansexual " are two different ways to describe sexual of orientation.
Although they don't mean the exact same thing, some people relate to both terms and also describe themselves as both bisexual and also pansexual.
You can use whichever term (s) you'd like!
iv). What's The Difference ?
Bisexual means attracted to multiple genders, and pansexual means attracted to all genders. These are different because " multiple " isn't the same thing as " all. "
Let's say you ask your friends what their favorite colors are.
One friend might say, " Actually, I like more than one color! " Another friend might say, " I like all color. "
Now, the first friend might like all colors, but they might not. They might not like khaki or beige. Perhaps they like pastels but not dark colors.
This is because " all colors " is, by defination, more than one. However, " more than one " isn't technically all.
Some people feel that pansexual falls into the category of bisexual because bisexual is a broad term that means more than one - but it isn't the same thing, because " all " isn't the same as " multiple ".
v). Why Pan vs. Bi Distinction So Contentious ?
The controversy around this distinction often stems from a place of misunderstanding.
Some people assume that bisexual people are erasing non-binary people. They assume the word bisexual implies that there are only two genders.
Other people assume that pansexual is a word invented solely because bisexual people are misunderstood and assumed to exclude non-binary people.
The truth is that both orientation are valid in their own right.
Many bisexual communities do acknowledge non-binary people - in fact, many non-binary people identify as bisexual. Additionally, many pansexual people know that the definition of bisexual can include non-binary people.
Again, bisexual and pansexuality don't mean exactly the same thing, and it's completely valid to identify as either (or both).
vi). Is Does If You Dating Someone Of A Particular Gender mean You're 'Straight' ?
Let's say a bisexual woman is in a relationship with a man. This doesn't make her straight. Similarly, if she dates a woman, she doesn't become a lesbian.
Unfortunately, many people think that bisexual and pansexual people need to " pick a side " - gay or straight. And when bisexual and pansexual people date someone publicly, it's often assumed that they're picking a side.
You aren't defined by your partners' gender.
The labels we choose to describe our orientation are only determined by ourselves and our experiences with attraction.
@ Jackie San