In some ways, the term “pansexual” came out of biphobia and a need to stipulate that one was not transphobic. If you take the binary view of “bisexual,” then a sexuality specific to an attraction to men and women could be seen as being noninclusive of transgender men and women. On the other hand, transgender men and women want to (and should) be seen as simply men and women, meaning that they would/should be included in that very binary; not including them tends to be much more phobic and noninclusive.
Then there is the thought that the binary view of bisexuality can be seen as phobic of anyone who identifies as genderqueer, or somewhere along the gender and sexuality spectrum, not identifying as male or female, man or woman. But, as I mentioned before, the true definition of “bisexual” is being attracted to those who are the same as me and those who are different from me, encompassing all genders and identities. The often-repeated argument that “bi means two” ignores a simple fact: “Same” and “different” are, indeed, two groups."
When I was younger, I always knew I wasn’t straight and I called myself bisexual for a long time. I thought I liked cismen and ciswomen. Was I accepted by straight people, no. I was accepted by gay or lesbian people, not always. Then I realized that I didn’t care what gender a person was or how they identified, I just liked people. If I was attracted to someone it didn’t matter to me if they had a penis or a vagina or if they were born with either of these body parts. For me, that was what made me change my sexuality to pansexual. It wasn’t because I decided I should include trans* people, it was because I stopped seeing people as women/men/non binary. That doesn’t mean I don’t embrace differences between genders, it just means I don’t have a preference. Am I accepted by straight people, definitely not. Am I accepted by gay and lesbian people, usually not. I feel like I’m even less accepted now because most people don’t really know what pansexual means, or at least what it means to me.
Besides that, I think this quote or article or whatever it is is still really good and important.
So my friend came into school one day wearing a dress that had straps and the vice principal came up to her and said “You need to either change or cover your shoulders up because it’ll distract the boys” to which she replied “Well I find boys faces distracting, do they have to cover them up?” and the vice principal said “Maybe you should focus in class more.”
If that doesn’t tell you that things are messed up, then I don’t know what does.
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