RANDOM QUESTION: So, over the last few days I've been thinking about sexuality, and the different labels used to define an individual's sexuality (including how this links to gender). So I have 2 questions.
(1) How many genders do YOU think there are? I think there are 2 binary genders, and then some people may fit in the "middle" (like a venn diagram)
(2) Is there a difference between pansexuality and bisexuality? I personally don't know what I think about this, since my "definition" of pansexuality based on my own beliefs is different to a lot of pansexuals
I agree with OP's ideas about gender. Two binary genders and some people in the middle. For example, I know that some (but not all) intersex people don't feel exactly like a man or a woman and I think that needs to be recognized considering intersex people constitute ~2% of people which is over 100 million people and comparable to the amount of redheads in the world.
I think there is a difference between bisexuality and pansexuality. This is gonna seem like I'm wayyyy over explaining, but I want to be as clear as possible. I am bisexual and only attracted to people with typical male primary and secondary sex characteristics OR people with typical female primary and secondary sex characteristics. I am not attracted to people whose secondary sex characteristics do not match their primary sex characteristics and I am not attracted to people with ambiguous genitalia. Pansexuality to me means that someone can be attracted to people regardless of their primary and secondary sex characteristics.
In short, to me, someone who is bisexual is only attracted to typical males and females while someone who is pansexual is attracted to males, females, and anyone in between.
There are 2 genders. The existence of intersex people and people who identify as non-binary do not change that fact. I used to say I was pansexual, but now I say that I’m bisexual because I was lying to myself thinking I would sleep with someone who doesn’t call themselves a man or a woman lol. I have been attracted to one trans person and I don’t think that makes you “pansexual”
I tend to accept two genders/sexes, and 6 types of orientation. Male and female for the first, and the attraction to same sex, other, or both. I like what I like and I don't care what you like as long as your orientation requires consent, and from a person capable of giving it.
I think there are 3 genders: male, female, and other. "Other" would encompass nonbinary people of all kinds.
My wife identifies as "pansexual." She prefers this to "bisexual" because she believes there are more than 2 options -- male, female, nonbinary, trans male, and trans female being the options -- and her potential to be attracted to any of those options.
How other people use pansexual/bisexual, I don't know. I'll find out by reading other comments here!
I know I will get some flak over this, but here is my response: If you and 4 others get blood taken and have it blind tested, what will the science say?
That is why LGBTA exists and is based off a biologics and sexual attraction or lack thereof.
Why can't that be accepted and move on?
I could go on more about this, but what is the point, the answer is simple, but I guess that is why some do not like it because the answer is very simple and they just want it to be more complicated because that gives them a false sense of being special, which in the real world it is your actions that make you unique and special to others.
There are two biological sexes and a freakishly small number of outliers. I care zero where people insert their body parts or what they insert into their bodies, so long as the things they are inserting into their bodies or the bodies they are inserting their bodies into are old enough to consent. Don't go there, it's a different question. I care zero about your identification, so long as you don't require me to go too far out of my way to accommodate you, which includes allowing biological sexed males to take a shit or piss in the same room as biological female children, or force biological sexed females to compete in sports with biological males. Call me whatever you want. Don't care. BTW, you never picked cotton, I never owned a human, I don't owe you shit, end of story.
I think there is the male sex, the female sex, and intersex people. I think "gender" is a social construct used to describe behaviors society that typically associated with masculinity and femininity to the point where it began to be used interchangeably with sex.
I don't believe that there are 100 genders because I barely believe there are 2. From the perspective of "an adult human female" the whole concept of gender has been used to box women into activities and styles that were "feminine" and to shame men into avoiding them. In the gay community it used to be a major insult to call a butch lesbian "sir" or even date identify her as a man. Now my butch lesbian friends are back to being called "sir" with male pronouns against their will because society has determined that if you are a butch female or a feminine male you are trans, binary, or genderfluid.
In the 80s and 90s there was a movement called "genderfuck" for people like Boy George, a young RuPaul, and Annie Lennox. It was called "genderfuck" to challenge sad stereotypes of male and female.
I don't personally think that labels are helpful. They can be used to categorize races or sexes as bad or good and today they are used to create division within communities and in the worst case coerce young people into thinking that they need hormones if they are uncomfortable with their masculinity/femininity.
Before anyone says otherwise--yes, I believe there are people who experience gender dysphoria and feel they are in the wrong body. Hormones and transition may be the answer for the distress that they feel. But when you have 100 genders you actually make light of their dysphoria and transition experience.
If you can be "autism gender" (yes, they have that now) or "dragon gender" (yep, that too) then really there is no such thing as gender and we're all just individuals in a flesh suit.
There's only two biological sexes. Male and Female. That's it (Yes, I know intersex people exist, but I wouldn't count them unless they were a significant percentage of the population.). I also don't believe in Gender at all. I see it as a pretty word for sex, and distinguishing biological sex from sex sex. My personal interpretation of Bi vs Pan is just that Bisexual is being attracted to both, and pan is just a word for someone who is Bi but with no preference.
Honestly as a transsexual, I believe there are only 2 genders. Male and Female. I don’t know a lot about Non-binary but as you said I think they are some where in the middle. As for bisexuality and pansexuality, I believe they are the same. I think that the term pansexual was coined to encompass trans people, but I think people can be bisexual and be attracted to someone who is trans.