Glossary For Sexual Attraction, Behavior, and Orientation Terms
We are past the time when people only identify as male or female. Likewise, we have passed the era that recognizes only lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. Now we have more sexualities than you can count on your fingers. It is important to know about these in understanding others or yourself.
The sexuality of the person tells things about their relationship with themselves, with others, and with their possessions. It also provides an explanation for how they act and why they do certain things. So, you would not want other people to get the wrong impression of you when you declare to be a part of a community where you do not really belong. On the same note, you would not want to misunderstand someone because you interpreted their sexuality wrong. So, continue reading this article to avoid that from happening. Here, you will find terms that describe sexual attraction, behavior, and orientation.
This term refers to anyone who experiences sexual attraction. It is the opposite of asexualism. An easy way to remember the difference is by thinking about sex dolls. Allosexuals will buy sex dolls if they want or need it, but asexuals would never do that.
An androsexual person is someone who is attracted to males, trans males, or masculinity. It is the sexual and romantic attraction to anyone who identifies as a male, regardless of biology or sex assigned at birth.
These are the people who cannot experience sexual attraction to others of any gender. However, that does not necessarily mean they cannot be in relationships since some asexuals can still develop romantic feelings.
An aromantic person is someone who experiences little to no romantic feelings to people of any gender. Sex toys are perfect for these people because there will be no feelings involved when using them.
These are people who feel more sexually aroused when by themselves.
This term is used for people who are exploring bisexuality. They typically have sexual relationships with one gender. However, they are curious as to what or how a sexual relationship with another gender would feel.
Traditionally, bisexuality means being attracted to both males and females. But, now, it has taken another meaning. Bisexuality refers to the capability to experience attraction to people of the same gender and people of a different gender – any gender.
This is similar to bisexual, but biromantics can only experience romantic attraction and not a sexual attraction to people of one or more gender.
This is a subgroup of asexual people who enjoy sex despite not being able to experience sexual attraction. Like in aromantics, sex dolls and sex toys are the perfect products for these people.
These people are asexuals by default. But after building a romantic or emotional relationship with a person, they can develop a sexual attraction towards them.
This pertains to people who can only develop romantic feelings under specific circumstances. Like Demisexuals, they need to build an emotional connection with a person before they can feel this type of attraction.
Sometimes called genderfluid, this term refers to people whose sexual orientation can change over time. They also do not limit themselves to specific genders and are open to adapt to whatever situation they will find themselves in.
It refers to individuals who are attracted to people of the same or similar gender. Since there is a separate term for gay-identified women, the term gay is commonly used for men attracted to other males.
These are people who are in the gray area between alloromantic and aromantic. Unlike aromantics, they can experience romantic attraction, but not as frequently as with romantic people.
This term is the counterpart to androsexual. It is the attraction to women, females, or femininity, in general. Like in androsexual orientation, if a person identifies as a female, they are subject to affection from a gynesexual. Their biology, anatomy, and assigned sex at birth do not matter.
The hetero- prefix means different. So, heterosexuals are people who are attracted to people of the opposite gender. They are commonly referred to as “straight.” The general population of the world consists mostly of heterosexuals.
Opposite of heterosexual, this term refers to people attracted to people of the same gender as them. This term is now outdated and is considered offensive.
A lesbian is a woman, naturally or gender-identified, attracted to people of the same gender. Depending on the person, they may prefer this term over the terms gay or queer and vise versa.
This term refers to people who are asexual who experiences sexual feelings. Their means of satisfying those desires is through self-stimulation or masturbation. So, for these people, sex toys like artificial vaginas or dildos are perfect products.
It refers to sexual orientations that feel romantic and sexual attraction exclusive to one gender only. Prime examples are heterosexual males attracted only to females, gay males attracted only to males, and lesbians attracted only to females.
These are asexual people who have no chance of being sexually aroused. They are void of any sexual feelings or do not have an active sex drive.
Pansexuality is the most inclusive of all genders. They can get attracted to people regardless if they are straight, gay, lesbian, or from any other gender.
This term is used to describe pansexuals who can only experience attraction to people of any gender. However, the attraction they can feel can only be romantic or emotional in nature and not sexual.
This is the opposite of monosexuality. Polysexuality is the attraction to two or more genders. It includes bisexuality, pansexuality, omnisexuality, and many others.
An acceptable or derogatory term depending on who you are talking to. Queer is an umbrella term that refers to people who are not heterosexual. While gays, lesbians, and others can call themselves queer, the term is mostly reserved for people who don’t fit in any other categories.
This term is used to describe people attracted to people based o their intelligence instead of sex or gender.
This term pertains to people with non-cisgender gender identities. These identities include nonbinary, genderqueer, or trans.
The goal is to help you identify where you belong, but you might get confused, for there are many terms. Do not feel pressured. Take your time. Not having a label does not mean you are invalid. It is your sexuality we are talking about. You need to think hard before you can arrive at a conclusion. Until then, familiarizing yourself with these terms is enough.