|AnonymousIf the definition of bisexual is same and other, how is that different from pansexuality|
Simple matter of English my friend. The prefix bi- means two - meaning it refers to two things. Bisexuality refers therefore to a preference for two unique genders. The prefix pan- means all. Pansexuality refers therefore to a preference for all (or in some cases I suppose most) genders. If you imagine gender as a spectrum (not a straight line, but a moving four quadrant graph), it would mean bisexual people would find attraction only in certain points, but pansexual would fall all over the map. But a lot of this depends on the individual, and since sexuality and gender fall on that type of spectrum, pinpointing it exactly is difficult and there will be variation, but as a general rule of thumb, that’s a way to think about it.
- Mod Dawes Sr.
Bisexual does NOT MEAN TWO SEXES OR GENDERS. It means two or more. MOST bisexuals use that definition.
Maybe I didn’t make it clear.
Here’s some charts (ignore the numbers - I just ripped a chart off Google Images that I could easily work with).
When I said bisexual can fall in multiple spots, I meant just that - multiple spots. Could be two. Could be more. But more than one - it’s easiest to understand by the prefix though, since y’know, the prefix DOES mean two, and when explaining that type of thing, when you start throwing in “Well pan means all but bi means two or more” that is how you get people asking questions like “What’s the difference”.
Also I don’t think you could say most bisexuals use that definition, since I doubt it’s ever been proven. Every bisexual I’ve met off Tumblr means two. If they mean more than two they say pan. And I know very very many bisexual people - I live with two of em.
This is language, people. You can personally identify however you so please, when you can’t get indignant when it confuses people outside of that group with semantic arguments. Remember, by nature people have a hard time relating to experiences they don’t personally experience, and this goes for ALL people, and so a person who is not bi, or pan, or even a person who is bi or pan, but who has always understood those are being two or all, is not going to be suddenly understanding when you use obscure or easily confused definitions, especially since the concept is already difficult to understand on its own for many people.
They definitely won’t be itching to support you if you get indignant about it.
This isn’t a question about how people personally identify. This is a question about definition. Definition is not a spectrum of experience, it is precise. When explaining your experiences, you can identify as whatever you want, and explain it as it personally relates to you. That is personal, and your decision. On a general scale of definition, when trying to explain the concept to people who don’t understand, you stick with the simple. As a rule of life. By strict definition, I would be bi. But I don’t personally identify as bi, I don’t feel that definition suits me. That’s my decision. But if I try to explain lesbianism I’m not going to throw in qualifiers to make that definition fit to my experiences because that just means if that person comes across someone who doesn’t define it by my experiences, it will just confuse them, or worse. The anon wanted a generic definition. I provided one. If they want to ask personal experience and personal labels, then they’ll get that. But there’s a separation between those two and I think we need to start grasping that if we want discussions of this nature to be at all beneficial to anyone.
- Mod Dawes Sr.