Sexuality is a complex and diverse subject. It is not just about how you identify but also about how you experience sexual and romantic attraction and your interest in and preferences around sex.
Talking about sexuality has always been taboo. In fact, the scientific study of sexuality only began in 1866. Previously what was deemed normal largely depended on one’s social group. However, as society becomes more liberal, views on what is normal have expanded to include the range and variety of human sexuality.
Learning the types of sexuality will help you, your partners, and your friends understand your sexual identity and how people navigate their sexuality.
There are many different types of sexuality that people can identify with. Furthermore, you can identify with more than one orientation. Below are some of them;
This term describes people who experience sexual attraction. It is used to normalize the opposite of the spectrum, asexual individuals.
This term describes the attraction to males, men, and masculinity. This includes people who identify as men irrespective of their biological or birth gender.
Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to any gender. Asexual people are not sexually attracted to anyone.
Asexuality is often confused with celibacy, which is deliberate abstaining from sexual activity.
Asexual people can have romantic attractions and relationships. They can still experience other forms of physical intimacy like kissing, cuddling, or sex
The word “bicurious” was coined in the 1990s to describe someone who has an interest in homosexual and heterosexual relationships but has not yet acted on this interest. This term may be used by individuals questioning their sexuality, exploring their sexuality, or wanting to experiment with same-sex contact without identifying as a lesbian, gay man, or bisexual.
Bisexuality is a sexual orientation where an individual is attracted to both sexes. There are many misconceptions about bisexuality, one of which is that people who identify as bisexual might be confused or undecided. Bisexuals are not indecisive or confused. They just can love people of all genders.
This term refers to asexual people who do not experience sexual attraction but still engage in sexual behavior and sexual relationships.
Demisexuality is a sexual orientation that only experiences sexual attraction after forming a strong emotional connection.
A demisexual person can experience sexual attraction only if they have created a solid dynamic relationship with someone else, whether romantic or not. Demisexual people can feel desire but are unlikely to act on it unless they are in love with their partner.
Gay has been used for at least 150 years and has gradually changed over time. The word originally meant “carefree,” “happy,” or “bright and showy.” It was not until the 20th century that it began to take on a sexual meaning.
Gay can be an adjective, noun, verb, or adverb. When it is used as a noun, it typically refers to a man who is attracted to other men or a woman who is attracted to other women. When it’s used as an adjective, it typically means relating to homosexual people or their sexuality, not heterosexuals.
Some gay women prefer the word lesbian or queer.
Graysexual is a term that has been used to describe people who do not exclusively identify as asexual or aromantic. The term can refer to people who experience sexual attraction only very rarely or under specific conditions.
A term used to express interest to women, females, and femininity. This term includes those who identify as female and feminine regardless of biology or anatomy.
A term used to describe people who experience sexual, emotional, or romantic attraction to people of the opposite gender.
Heterosexual individuals are commonly referred to as Straight.
This word describes people who share a sexual, emotional, or romantic attraction to people of the same gender.
A woman or female-identified individual who is sexually, emotionally, or romantically attracted to other women or women-identified people. Some lesbians prefer or use the words gay or queer.
This acronym describes people who don’t exclusively identify as homosexual or straight. The letters in the LGBTQIA+ acronym stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual.
Fusion Movement welcomes all women despite their sexual identity. We support women in getting in touch with their sexual side and understanding their desires.