Skoliosexual

So, What Really Is A Skoliosexual?

When Miley Cyrus ‘came out’ as pansexual a little while ago, the term itself was something new and unknown to many. Of course, Miley made headlines, bringing pansexuality to the attention of people that may not entirely understand what it even is. We are used to hearing about the most commonly used, and commonly discussed orientations such as heterosexual, bisexual and homosexual, while pansexual has long existed beyond those identities.

Many are unaware that people can be romantically, as well as sexually orientated in the first place. So what does it to mean to be skoliosexual? And why does my autocorrect keep deciding that I mean ‘skoliksexual’?

In fact, someone who is skoliosexual is sexually attracted to non-binary identified individuals, or those who do not identify as cisgender. But have we lost you already? Well, let’s take things back a few steps. What is pansexual?

Pansexual refers to those “who feel they are sexually/emotionally/spiritually capable of falling in love with all genders.”

And cisgender? Well – “Cisgender is a word that applies to the vast majority of people, describing a person who is not transgender.”

Now, back to skoliosexual… According to Genderqueerid.com, skoliosexual refers to “sexual attraction to non-binary identified individuals” or those who do not identify as cisgender. They also note that “this does not generally describe an attraction to specific genitalia or birth assignments but rather is an inclusive term.”

With these orientations landing somewhere on a rather wide spectrum, it is easy to get confused between all the terminology. Whether you’re familiar with the most commonly used (hetero, bi, homo…) or able to name the ever-growing list of identities and orientations, there is no reason why we should not educate people in order to address some of this confusion.

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What is non-binary, even?

Non-binary refers to any gender that is not exclusively male or female. A similar term is genderqueer, FYI.

We don’t want to preach, simply educate. So while we’re filling you in on skoliosexual we thought we might as well make a quick list of a few others too.

Aromantic

“An aromantic is a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others,” according to Asexuality.org

Asexual

An asexual is “ someone who does not experience sexual attraction.”

Graysexual

The Frisky define it as “something more fluid between sexuality and asexuality.” Those who identify as graysexual might also identify as gay or straight or any other sexual identity inside or outside of the binary.

Demiromantic

Similar to a demisexual, the individual doesn’t feel romantic attraction “unless they have already formed a strong emotional bond with the person.”

Demisexual

Someone who identifies as demisexual doesn’t typically feel sexual attraction unless they “have already formed a strong emotional bond with the person.” Asexualityarchive.com also state that “the bond may or may not be romantic in nature.”

Lithromantic

According to asexuality.org, the term is described as “a person who experiences romantic love but does not want their feelings to be reciprocated.” Asexuality also note that lithromantic people “may or may not be ok with romantic relationships.”

Panromantic (also see, ‘What Panromantic Means To Me’)

A person who is romantically — but not sexually — attracted to others regardless of sex or gender.

Polysexual

Similar to pansexual, a polysexual person “may be attracted to some gender variant people but not have the capability or desire to be with some others.”

Pansexual

Pansexual refers to those “who feel they are sexually/emotionally/spiritually capable of falling in love with all genders.”

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