What is the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality?

Theoretically, bisexuality is defined as the sexual, emotional and/or emotional attraction for people of the same sex and the opposite sex. Etymologically, “bi” means “two”. Thus, the word “bisexuality” may give the impression of falling withing a theory that views biological sex or gender as binary concepts (men / women).

The “pan” of pansexuality is translated as “all”, that is to say that pansexual persons are attracted sexually, emotionally and/or emotionally towards people regardless of gender and of how a person identifies (woman, man, trans, without gender, gender fluid or other). The definition thus gives the impression to fall within a theory that more clearly acknowledges a plurality of genders and identities.

It is important to note that these definitions and distinctions are theoretical and that in practice everyone has a different experience regarding their orientation. People have their own personal reasons for choosing to label (or not to label) their orientation. For example, it is quite possible that someone who identifies as bisexual wouldn’t agree with the idea that  someone’s gender can only be male or female. The person may, for example, be attracted to someone whose gender is fluid. Thus, rather than talking about the differences between bisexuality and pansexuality, it would be preferable to talk about what these orientations have in common, that is, the attraction for more than one gender.


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