Pansexuality: a sexual choice beyond gender roles

The world is full of sexual orientations that they remain taboo (At best) or directly a reason for punishment (at worst). However, just because in many cultures you are starting to recognize the freedom of individuals to be attracted to whomever they want does not mean that all of these orientations manifest in the same way and receive the same attention.

To achieve this, just see how many people are familiar with the concept of pansexuality.

What is pansexuality?

We got to see a simulation of the typical reaction to the definition of pansexuality in one of the last (and worst) seasons of the UK series Skins. One of the characters, Franky Fitgerald, Was asked about his sexual orientation at a time when he was supposed to be on the podium of the most interesting streaks of the season (note the quality score).

The answer, which his suffering companions had to take for granted and which could not be developed much further either verbatim or narratively, was: I am in people. This sentence is very short, but it can be used to get a basic idea of ​​what it means to be labeled as pansexual.

What does a pansexual person look like?

Let’s start with the easy one: start from a less hegemonic type of sexual orientation to define an even less hegemonic sexual orientation. Take homosexuality as an example.

Coincidentally or not, homosexuality is based on a distinction between two sexes, much like the form of sexual orientation that has eclipsed it for centuries: heterosexuality.
Homosexuals and heterosexuals divide society into genders to determine what is potentially attractive.

Pansexual people, however, do not take into account the variable “sex”, or at least how they feel when they meet the criteria by which they are attracted to this or that person. This means that although a pansexual woman may find herself attractive to another woman, she cannot describe her preferences by placing her on a scale with the extremes of “a greater tendency to heterosexuality” or “a greater tendency to be heterosexual.” heterosexuality. Homosexuality ”, because
rejects the distinction between man and woman which gives meaning to this measuring tool.

Pansexuality is simply a sexual orientation that is not governed by these parameters.

So are pansexuality and bisexuality the same?

Not at all, although there may be people who self-identify as bisexual out of ignorance of the idea of ​​pansexuality. These are similar sexual orientations, because
they question the male / female dichotomy and its relationship to sexual attraction, But there are nuances that separate them.

A bisexual person is, in short, someone who can be attracted to people of both sexes. However,
bisexual people define a person’s sex by associating it with a gender load: Women are women and men are men. This is important to keep in mind because, while feeling attracted to both sexes may call into question the value of this criterion, bisexuals continue to recognize the existence of the gender associated with sex as something important. .

The difference between bisexuality and pansexuality is that in the latter, gender does not play an essential role either, that is, in a set of roles, attitudes and behaviors considered male or female. Some pansexuals do not take into account a subject’s sex or the way in which their behavior is more or less modeled on one or the other gender. Simply be an attraction for people.

No, this cliché doesn’t happen in pansexuals either.

Pansexual people
they see both sex and gender as empty conceptsBut that doesn’t mean they’re attracted to everyone. This myth that someone who is attracted to people of the same sex is attracted to everyone is also false in the case of pansexuality. Someone who defines himself by this sexual orientation is perfectly capable of feeling little attraction (sexual or of any kind) to the vast majority of people, and that is why he will not stop enjoying the company of a few individuals, regardless of their gender. .and the sexes.

In this sense, pansexuality can be involved
more openness to people’s sexual appreciation, But more openness to all individuals in particular. This is an important nuance.

A silent sexual orientation

Pansexuality may turn out to be a more romantic idea than homosexuality or heterosexuality, but it is also more shocking, more revolutionary. This is a challenge for the sex and gender categories, and for this reason it is a difficult direction to understand. It is not something that can easily become folklore, like the one that forms the stereotypes of the gay community, and therefore it is also more difficult to recognize, make visible and fill in good amounts of.
the subjects I marketing.

Maybe that’s why, ironically, it is possible that here and there one thinks that pansexuality is a
fashion, A way to get the attention of others. Perhaps this is why, even today, there are a lot of people unable to assimilate the idea that it is possible to feel attraction to people, nothing more.

Bibliographical references:

  • Aponte Carías, Yllelyna (2009). I am pansexual and I do not discriminate. Available at:
  • Serrano Ruiz-Calderón, José Miguel. (1994). Ideology and bioethics: the case of pansexualism. Available at:

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