Okay, so I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about bisexuality meaning you’re attracted to two or more gender identities and I just wanted to figure this out.
"Bi" is the root word meaning "Two" or "Twice". Like "Bimonthly" and "Bilingual".
"Pan" is the root word meaning "All". Like "Pandemic" and…
i’ll give it a go. i think your problem is that you’re thinking of the word bisexual in the context of the word pansexual which actually came much later. you should be thinking of the word bisexual in the context of the words which came before i.e. homosexual and heterosexual.
so bisexual does not refer to genders it refers to sexual orientation. bisexual = two sexualities = homosexual (homo: same) and heterosexual (hetero: different) = attraction to genders the same and different from oneself = attraction to two or more genders.
does that make sense?
it’s important to remember that the word bisexual had nothing to do with sexuality or gender when it was coined and that it was straight people who gave it to us and that at the time they didn’t know there were more than two genders. but above all the most important thing to remember is that it’s bisexuals who get to define the word.
the bi refers to direction/orientation not number of genders
That does make sense. Thanks for the help.