What exactly is the difference between bisexuality and pansexuality?

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As above.
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I've never really understood the difference either, but I think it has to do with a belief in there being more than two genders.
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Yeah I'm bisexual and I always thought pansexuality was based on a belief of there being more than two genders and being attracted to ''all genders'' as opposed to male + female.

If Facebook can come up with 56 genders I'm sure pansexuals can lmao.
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I'm bisexual and have discussed this idea in a previous thread. Some pansexuals claim that bisexuality excludes attraction to transgender people, though I reject this as I don't see transgender people as being some kind of third gender. It may also refer to gender blindness so you are attracted purely to personality as opposed to bodies. Either way I don't think it's a valuable distinction to make at this time, as many non-queer people struggle with the idea of the existence of bisexuality in the first place. Pansexuality only complicates the matter further.
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Yeah I'm bisexual and I always thought pansexuality was based on a belief of there being more than two genders and being attracted to ''all genders'' as opposed to male + female.

If Facebook can come up with 56 genders I'm sure pansexuals can lmao.

(Original post by BefuddledPenguin)
I'm bisexual and have discussed this idea in a previous thread. Some pansexuals claim that bisexuality excludes attraction to transgender people, though I reject this as I don't see transgender people as being some kind of third gender. It may also refer to gender blindness so you are attracted purely to personality as opposed to bodies. Either way I don't think it's a valuable distinction to make at this time, as many non-queer people struggle with the idea of the existence of bisexuality in the first place. Pansexuality only complicates the matter further.
This is what confuses and irritates me about the 'distinction'.
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They seem to amount to the same thing in most cases but, from what I gather, the difference is that bisexuals are attracted to two (or more) genders whereas pansexuals are just attracted to people, regardless of gender.
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(Original post by Dr Pesto)
I've never really understood the difference either, but I think it has to do with a belief in there being more than two genders.
Yeah, the fact that "pan" (all) is not considered the same as "bi" (two) implies that the total number of sexualities is some number above 2.
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The VAST majority of bissexuals I have talked to or met (outside of tumblr, whose education on gender is that of a 2 year old) declare it as sexual interest to both males and females, the two most common genders.

Pansexuality seems to be defined as attraction irrelevant to gender, and so bisexuality is a subset of pansexuality.
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I'm bisexual and for me that means I'm attracted to men and women. I think this website is great for definitions.

http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/...m-definitions/
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I don't mean to be offensive but it seems to me like "I'm pansexual" is just a way of saying "I'm bisexual" but then hoping that someone will give you the opportunity to clarify.
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There are only two genders ffs. You're either one or the other, or neither.
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(Original post by SamKeene)
The VAST majority of bissexuals I have talked to or met (outside of tumblr, whose education on gender is that of a 2 year old) declare it as sexual interest to both males and females, the two most common genders.

Pansexuality seems to be defined as attraction irrelevant to gender, and so bisexuality is a subset of pansexuality.
How many genders are there? if there are only two then bisexuality covers your definition of pansexuality entirely and thus the concept is redundant.

EDIT: According to the World Health Organisation, I am talking about sex not gender :sigh:
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So apparently pansexuals are attracted to someone regardless of gender. In my mind there are two genders and it makes sense to therefore describe yourself instead as bisexual; to use pansexual seems to be maladaptive and hipster. What am I missing here?
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(Original post by Birkenhead)
So apparently pansexuals are attracted to someone regardless of gender. In my mind there are two genders and it makes sense to therefore describe yourself instead as bisexual; to use pansexual seems to be maladaptive and hipster. What am I missing here?
Two explanations that I've heard for using pan:
Bi can be seen as trans (etc) exclusive.
The person doesn't believe there are only two genders(as bi Implies), or does not see gender.





(I'm not an expert on this, so sorry if any of the information is inaccurate etc!)



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I'm bisexual and I define it as being attracted to cisgender males and females. Pansexuals are attracted to gender queer folk too
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I hope not to sound too uneducated in my observations but from what I have seen, if you are Bisexual (or Biromantic) then means being attracted to the gender the same as your own, AND to other genders I believe that pansexuality (or panromance) refers to the romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity, a gender blindness if you may.
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5 years old, but good answer.
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(Original post by Glaz)
5 years old, but good answer.
Very true, probably should have realised this but you never know. Maybe if someone visits this feed and sees my answer they will have seen a more updated opinion. Bit stupid on my part tbh but thank you
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