Bi-sexual vs. Pan Sexual: What's the Difference?

Key Difference

Gone are the days when people were only distinguished from one and other as male or female by their sexuality.  The discrimination in sexuality is done in accordance of the sexual organs or genitals of the individual or the sensual attraction or sexual feeling towards the other genders. Other than LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) the other famous term describing the sexuality apart from the normal male-female and female orientation is pansexuality. Many of the people nowadays are well aware of the term bisexual, although when they are asked to differentiate it between bisexual and pansexual, they found it difficult to do so.  Both these terms are quite different as bisexual refers to the human being who gets sexually attracted towards both, males and females. On the other hand, pansexually refers to the person, who is not restricted in the sexual choice about gender, biological sex or the gender identity. More explicitly telling that pansexual is attracted towards more than two genders (male or female); they are sexually attracted or can even make out with the transmen, transwomen, bi-gendered or genderqueer.

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Bi-sexual Pan Sexual
Definition Bisexual is the person that is sexually attracted towards both the men and women. Pansexual is the person, who is sexually attracted towards all the genders, i.e., men women, transmen, transwomen, and genderqueer.
Refers Bi’ in the bisexual means ‘two’. ‘Pan’ in the pansexual is the Ancient Greek word that stands for ‘all or ‘every.’
Day The bisexuality day is observed on the September 23. Pansexual awareness day is celebrated on May 22.
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What is Bi-sexual?

Bisexual is the person who is sexually attracted to both men and women. People often have misconception have about the bisexuals as they think they have different genitals than males and females but in reality, the bisexuals are normal in that sense, they have a difference of attraction to both the sexualities due to their psychological thoughts. The people who are bisexual are equally attracted towards both the males and females. The sexual attraction to the same and opposite gender is known as the bisexuality, and it is even present in the various animal kingdoms.  When we talk about bisexual, we are quite specific about the sexual attractiveness of that person; which is just limited to the males and females. It should be kept noted that ‘bi’ in the bisexual means ‘two’ that means the person holds the sexual interest in both the male and female gender. A confusion which lasts in mind of the people while differentiating it between the bisexuals and the pansexual is that ‘pansexual can be bisexual, but bisexual can’t be pansexual.’ It can be clarified as pansexual are gender blind in the regard of sexual attractiveness.

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What is Pan Sexual?

Pansexual is the person who is gender-blind and is sexually attracted to any of the gender either men, women, genderqueer, transman, transwomen, etc. The pan in ‘pansexual’ denotes that the person is sexually attracted towards any gender or in other words, we can say that the person is sexually attracted to the every gender.  The word ‘pan’ is the Ancient Greek word that stands for ‘all or ‘every.’   The biggest misconception about the pansexual prevails is that people often think that the pansexual person also undergoes paraphilia, following which they also perform bestiality, necrophilia, pedophilia and such others, but that is not as pansexual refers to the consensual adult sexual behaviors and in no way it has any link with the paraphilia activities.

Bi-sexual vs. Pan Sexual

  • Bisexual is the person that is sexually attracted towards both the men and women, whereas pansexual is the person, who is sexually attracted towards all the genders, i.e., men women, transmen, transwomen, and genderqueer.
  • ‘Bi’ in the bisexual means ‘two,’ while ‘pan’ in the pansexual is the Ancient Greek word that stands for ‘all or ‘every.’
  • Bisexuals and pansexuals have different logos and symbols for the representation.
  • The bisexuality day is observed on the September 23. Contrary to this, pansexual awareness day is celebrated on May 22.
  • Pansexual refers to the consensual adult sexual behaviors and in no way it have any link with the paraphilia activities.

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