Sexual labels have been evolving over the years; sexual orientations are not far behind, when it comes to evolution. With so many labels doing the rounds in today’s society, it can be quite daunting to be able to comprehend so many options. From being demisexual, to bisexual to pansexual, there is a title to describe almost every type of man/woman out there.
So, in this article, let’s talk about the difference between bisexual and pansexual. What do they mean respectively and how they differ from each other? The variations might be endless, but it might be worthwhile to investigate two of the most prominent sexual orientations these days.
What does it mean to be bisexual?
As the word “bi” commonly goes, it denotes two or both. The traditional or classic definition of the word bisexual means being attracted to both male and female genders. While this refers to the traditional definition, there are a lot of evolving meanings of gender and the word bisexual, which comprehensively refer to the attraction towards two genders, which don’t need to be limited to male and female only.
The degree or percentage of attraction towards a specific sex can’t be defined, even in the case of a bisexual person. You can be into men 95% and 5% into women or even vice versa. No matter what the situation is, chances are that you will still be a bisexual.
What is being pansexual all about?
The word “pan” broadly denotes “all”. Pansexual, as an orientation, would mean that you are attracted to all types of people, no matter their gender, identity or expression. Your judgements about people are beyond their sexual orientations, personality, sexual preferences, and looks. However, pansexual does not define an automatic liking to anyone and everyone.
While being bisexual is used rigidly, being pansexual comes with its own set of rules, which seem holistic and whole. Nevertheless, it is not necessary to be attracted to just about everyone, just because you are pansexual. There are certain qualities which might attract you in another person, which makes you pansexual. However, terms and conditions apply, wherever needed.
Is it possible to be pansexual and bisexual at the same time?
Why not? Yes, you can be bisexual and pansexual at the same time; since we are talking about gender preferences (in a broad way, of course), there is no set rules of regulations around being both. With attraction at its core, both orientations come with a possibility of being attracted to more than one gender, no matter which one it is.
With so many options, you get to choose what you want to define yourself as. Despite wanting to define your orientation, it should under no circumstances limit you to choose an option which does not describe your personality. The freedom to choose is in your hands; one day, if you feel like being pansexual, go ahead and be pansexual. On another day, if pansexual is not your thing, be bisexual and have fun choosing the gender you want to associate with. Your choice, your life.