Pansexuality has distant origins dating back to Freud
Etymologically, the word "Pansexual" comes from the Greek "Pan" which means "all". Sigmund Freud, the founder of the psychoanalysis, evoked the existence of pansexuality since the twentieth century. According to him, it referred to the relation between two beings, in which the sexual desire prevailed over any other characteristic of the individual. Here, a first definition quickly became controversial and was rectified. Since then, progress has been made and the definition has become much more inclusive.
Essentially, pansexuality, is first the attraction for a human being which prevails before any other detail, that it is sexual or gender related, sentimental or even spiritual.
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Many nuances are covered by this term
In other words, a pansexual person can therefore feel attraction towards someone without taking into account the criteria of biological sex or gender. They see beyond those details and focus on whom the person is, instead of the labels that are often attached to them.
In this sense, a pansexual person may feel a sexual, sentimental or spiritual attraction to a person of the same sex, the opposite sex, but also to a transsexual person, or a non-binary person (someone who does not identify with either gender).
When it comes to this way of loving, people chose to focus on values, personalities and qualities. Labels don’t hold them back, and their love is therefore purer and very all-inclusive.
What’s the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality?
Bisexuality is based on an attraction to both genders. In this instance, someone may be attracted to a person of the same or opposite sex. There are only two possible options here (man or woman), whereas pansexuality encompasses more nuances, as mentioned above.
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A flag for pansexual lovers and an international day
The flag has 3 colors and here’s what they stand for:
- Pink (represents the attraction for women)
- Yellow (the attraction for non-binary people)
- Blue (the attraction for men)
Pansexuality is celebrated every September 23rd! Are you ready to celebrate this special form of love?
The LGBT community is growing
Yes, before there was a community for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transsexuals. But since then, the community has grown! It now includes pansexual people too, and displays them in their acronym.
We now refer to them as LGBTQIA+ community.
- Q stands for Queer
- I represent Intersex
- A for Asexual
- + to add all the others branches, including Pansexuals!
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Editor’s opinion: Say yes to all forms of love
No matter what form it takes, its singularities, the feeling of love is noble and universal whether it is displayed on the front page of a magazine or shared in the darkness of a bedroom. So, if you are wondering about your sexuality or if you're having a hard time dealing with your situation in relation to your loved ones, don't hesitate to talk to a professional about it. They will help you find answers and help you grow as a person.
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