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Discover 47 Terms of Different Sexual Orientation and Behavior

  • Apr.13.2021
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Now, freedom of expression is getting more and more value in the modern world. Sexual orientation is a part of our personality that shapes our future life. It is a model that determines a person’s romantic, emotional, and/or physical sex drive. There are quite a few sexual orientations and inclinations. And the fact that the diversity of sexual orientations includes not only attraction between a man and a woman is no longer a secret. However, only a few people know how varied can be different preferences and inclinations.

Terms A to C

Allosexual

This characterizes people who experience sexual interest. The term also helps to understand being asexual and gives a more precise description of those who don’t refer themselves to the asexual community.

Allosexism

This concerns standards and stereotypes among people in society, based on the supposition that all humans feel, or should feel, sexual attraction. But “allosexism” privileges those who feel the attraction and points to discrimination against asexual people.

Androsexual

This is a sexual or romantic interest in men, males, or masculinity. This suggests interest in those who recognize as men, male, or masculine, despite biology and anatomy.

Asexual

These are people who don’t experience sexual interest in others of any gender.

Aromantic

This explains people who feel little or no romantic attraction at all, despite gender.

Autosexual

These people are sexually interested in themselves. However, such sexual behavior as masturbation doesn’t define you as being “autosexual”.

Autoromatic

This describes a person who is romantically interested in him or herself. “Autoromatic” often describes the relationship they have with themselves as romantic.

Bicurious

This concerns those who are doubting or investigating bisexuality, which usually includes curiosity about romantic or sexual interest in people of the same or different genders.

Bisexual

This defines people who experience sexual, romantic, or emotional interest in people of more than one gender. Bisexuals are usually attracted to different people, with genders that are similar, or in contrast, different than their own.

Biromantic

These are people who feel romantic but not a sexual interest in people who have more than one gender.

Closeted

These people don’t openly share their sexual status, interest, or behavior.

This happens because they are afraid of discrimination, mistreatment, or even violence.

Coming out

This means being open about your sexuality and gender. This includes:

  • sharing about the same or similar gender, sexual or romantic interest, or experience
  • revealing particular gender identity, representation, or sexual or romantic nature

It is also important to understand that each person’s “coming out” experience is diverse, and can be hard and emotional. Each person should decide him or herself about revealing sexuality and gender in their own period and manner.

Cupiosexual

This defines people who don’t feel sexual interest but still want to be involved in sexual behavior or relationship.

Terms D to L

Demisexual

From the asexual point, this describes those who experience sexual interest only under special conditions. For example, creating a romantic or emotional relationship with a person.

Demiromantic

This defines those who experience romantic interest only under special conditions. For instance, creating an emotional relationship with a person.

Fluid

This means that sexuality, sexual attraction, and behavior can change over time and may depend on the situation. “Fluid” people often undergo swings in their sexuality, sexual attraction, or behavior in different situations or during their lifetime.

Gay

This term defines people who experience sexual, romantic, or emotional interest in people who have the same or a similar gender.

Graysexual

This term is used to highlight the gray zone on the sexuality spectrum. People may experience some sexual interest or passion, but not at the same level as those who classify their sexuality as being totally outside of the asexual spectrum.

Grayromantic

This describes people whose romantic attraction is in the gray zone between “romantic” and “aromantic”. They experience some romantic interest but not at the same level as those who recognize themselves as something other than “asexual”.

Gynesexual

This means sexual or romantic interest in women, females, or femininity. This suggests interest in those who recognize as women, female, or feminine, despite biology and anatomy.

Heterosexual

These people experience sexual, romantic, or emotional interest in people of the “opposite” gender. This is commonly described as “straight”.

Homosexual

An old term that concerns people who experience sexual, romantic, or emotional interest in the same or a similar gender.

Lesbian

These are women who experience sexual, romantic, or emotional interest in people of the same or a similar gender.

LGBTQIA+

This describes individuals who don’t recognize themselves as completely “heterosexual”. The acronym involves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual.

Libidoist asexual

This defines an asexual person who undergoes sexual feelings and is satisfied through self-stimulation.

Terms M to P

Monosexual

A general category that includes individuals who experience romantic or sexual interest in people who have one sex or gender. Gay or lesbian and those who are completely heterosexual refer to this category.

Non-libidoist asexual

A “non-libidoist asexual” doesn’t experience any sexual feelings or doesn’t have a sex drive.

Omnisexual

“Omnisexual” is comparable to “pansexual” and can describe people whose desire isn’t limited to people of an exact gender, sex, or sexual orientation.

Pansexual

This defines people who can experience sexual, romantic, or emotional interest in any person, despite gender, sex, or sexuality.

Panromantic

These are people who can feel romantic, emotional but not a sexual interest in any person, despite gender, sex, or sexuality.

Polysexual

This describes people with a sexual orientation that affects a sexual or romantic interest in people of different genders.

Pomosexual

This term relates to those who deny sexuality labels or don’t recognize themselves as any of them.

Passing

This suggests society’s thoughts and hypotheses of someone’s sexuality or gender.

Terms Q to Z

Queer

A general term that defines people who aren’t completely heterosexual.

Questioning

This means being curious or investigating some aspect of sexuality or gender.

Romantic attraction

This is an emotional response that leads to the wish for a romantic, but not necessarily sexual, relationship with another person. Someone can experience romantic interest but, on contrary, doesn’t feel sexual interest.

Romantic orientation

This is an aspect of individual and personality that includes:

  • how you identify yourself
  • the way you feel romantic desire
  • the gender of people with whom someone enters in romantic relationships with
  • the gender of people with whom someone is romantically attracted to

Sapiosexual

This term describes those who feel attraction based on intelligence but not sex or gender.

Sexual attraction

This relates to feeling a sexual desire for another person.

Sex-averse

This describes people who are asexual and are not interested in sex or sexual behavior at all.

Sex-favorable

It is considered as the “opposite” of “sex-repulsed” and defines people who are “asexual”, and under particular conditions can have positive attitudes toward sex.

Sex-indifferent

This defines those who feel unconcerned or neutral about sex or sexual behavior.

Sexual orientation or sexuality

This is an aspect of a character that includes:

  • how you identify yourself
  • the way you feel sexual or romantic desire
  • the gender or sex of people with whom someone enters in sexual or romantic activity with
  • the gender or sex of people with whom someone is attracted to

Sex-repulsed

This describes those who refuse sex or sexual behavior.

Skoliosexual

This orientation describes those who are sexually interested in people, such as nonbinary, genderqueer, or trans.

Spectrasexual

This defines people who are sexually or romantically interested in different genders.

Straight

These people feel sexual, romantic, or emotional interest in people of the “opposite” or different gender.

Various types of sexual nature allow people to better understand themselves. Who your sexual or romantic partner now does not necessarily define that part of who you are. Sexuality can be changeable: for some, it changes in different situations, and for others over the years. Observing patterns of sexual and romantic attraction, behavior, and preferences is one way to better understand your sexual identity or romantic orientation.

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